Paulette Goddard

Paulette Goddard (born 3 June 1910 in Whitestone Landing, New York, † April 23, 1990 in Ronco, Switzerland; born Pauline Marion Levy ) was an American actress.


The information about their date of birth vary, as claimed Claire Trevor, who went to school with Goddard, this was born in 1909. Paulette Goddard made ​​his debut at age 13 in the Ziegfeld Follies of Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. and married at 16 Broadway writer Edgar James. The marriage lasted only 4 years, and Goddard went to Hollywood in 1931. Its beginnings were modest in the film and she did not come for a long time beyond minor roles. In the headlines of the press, it appeared since 1932 but more often because they had a relationship with Charlie Chaplin. The wedding should be done in 1936, the couple divorced in 1942. Goddard in 1936 took over the lead female role in Chaplin's Modern Times. In 1939 she was shortlisted for the role of Scarlett O'Hara in the film version of Gone with the Wind. However, they could show no marriage certificate and the role eventually went to Vivien Leigh.

In the same year she was under contract at Paramount, where Goddard quickly became a star, thanks in good supporting roles in The Women of George Cukor, Hold Back the Dawn by Mitchell Leisen and some comedies on the side of Bob Hope. At first she often got roles that have been rejected by established stars like Barbara Stanwyck, Madeleine Carroll and Claudette Colbert. Her talent for light comedy has been used quite often. In 1940 she again played alongside Chaplin in The Great Dictator. Her career reached its peak in mid -1940s. In 1943 she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the nurse Drama Courageous women. The film depicted the terrible events that have to endure a group of Red Cross workers after the fall of Bataan in Japanese captivity.

One of her most famous roles they had in 1946, directed by Mitchell Leisen in the Cinderella variation Kitty. Cecil B. DeMille she sat several times in his films, often as a partner of Gary Cooper. Especially the action film The Undefeated from 1947 became popular, in which Goddard had to endure so many adventures that he was jokingly called The Perils of Paulette. Her career faded in the 1950s. 1958 Goddard married the writer Erich Maria Remarque. She then moved with him to Switzerland, where she lived a very secluded life. Goddard was known for her talent in financial matters and collected all her life precious jewels and precious antiques. In her will, she bequeathed $ 20 million from New York University.

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