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The vast majority of movie shots taken of Claudette Colbert were of her left profile. She considered her left side to be her best and only rarely allowed full face or right profile shots; an injury to her nose had created a bump on the right. Once an entire set had to be rebuilt so she wouldn`t have to show her right side; thus dubbing her "the dark side of the moon".

Measurements: 32 1/2B-25-34 (according to her costumer) (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).

Biography in: "Who`s Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. Pg. 111-112. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387.

Was nominated for Broadway`s 1959 Tony Award as Best Actress (Dramatic) for "The Marriage-Go-Round."

Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 115-117. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Was named #12 Actress on The American Film Institute`s 50 Greatest Screen Legends

Urged good friend Charles Boyer to learn English, in order to further his American movie career.

She was so convinced that she would lose the Oscar competition in 1935 to write-in nominee Bette Davis, that she decided not to attend the awards ceremony. When she, contrary to her belief, won that year for her performance in It Happened One Night (1934) she was summoned from a train station to pick up her Oscar.

In Italy, in her early films, most notably the multi-Oscar winner It Happened One Night (1934), she was dubbed by Nella Maria Bonora. Unlike other prominent Hollywood actresses, Colbert didn`t have an `official Italian voice`: She was often dubbed by Giovanna Scotto and Lidia Simoneschi but Marcella Rovena, Andreina Pagnani, Tina Lattanzi and Lia Orlandini lent their voice to her at some point as well.

After filming The Secret Heart (1946) together, Claudette Colbert and co-star June Allyson became such great friends in real life Colbert became godmother to Allyson`s daughter Pamela.

Was offered the part of Hildy Johnson in His Girl Friday (1940), but she turned it down. As a result Rosalind Russell was cast instead.

A 1945 trade publication announced she was being considered for a role as a French aristocrat in Adventures of Don Juan (1948), but by the time this film came out in 1948, the role no longer existed.

Measurements: 32 1/2B-25-34 (according to her costumer) (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine) (imdb.com)

Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. Pg. 111-112. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387 (imdb.com)

Was named #12 Actress on The American Film Institute's 50 Greatest Screen Legends (imdb.com)

Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 115-117. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. (imdb.com)

In Italy, in her early films, most notably the multi-Oscar winner It Happened One Night (1934), she was dubbed by Nella Maria Bonora. Unlike other prominent Hollywood actresses, Colbert didn`t have an `official Italian voice`: She was often dubbed by Giovanna Scotto and Lidia Simoneschi but Marcella Rovena, Andreina Pagnani, Tina Lattanzi and Lia Orlandini lent their voice to her at some point as well.

She was so convinced that she would lose the Oscar competition in 1935 to write-in nominee Bette Davis, that she decided not to attend the awards ceremony. When she, contrary to her belief, won that year for her performance in It Happened One Night (1934) she was summoned from a train station to pick up her Oscar.

Urged good friend Charles Boyer to learn English, in order to further his American movie career.

Was nominated for Broadway`s 1959 Tony Award as Best Actress (Dramatic) for "The Marriage-Go-Round."

The vast majority of movie shots taken of Claudette Colbert were of her left profile. She considered her left side to be her best and only rarely allowed full face or right profile shots; an injury to her nose had created a bump on the right. Once an entire set had to be rebuilt so she wouldn`t have to show her right side; thus dubbing her "the dark side of the moon".


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