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Paulette was one of the many actresses tested for the part of Scarlett O`Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939)

Left more than US$20 million to New York University on her death.

Was one of the 20 original "Goldwyn Girls" along with Lucille Ball, v*rginia Bruce, Ann Dvorak and Betty Grable.

Sources variously cite her year of birth as 1911 and 1914, and the place as Whitestone Landing, New York, USA. However, municipal employees in Ronco, Switzerland, where she died, gave her birth year of record as 1905.

Had no siblings and no children.

Actress Claire Trevor once reminisced on her friendship with Goddard. She said that Goddard was a year older (!) and that they had attended high school and sorority together, and that the guys were "gaga" over the lovely, young Pauline.

Owing to her donation of an estimated twenty million dollars, New York University named a residence hall after her. Paulette Goddard Hall is located at 79 Washington Square East in New York City. NYU`s Tisch School of the Arts also named its main staircase after her and awards several scholarships to students in her honor.

Is portrayed by Diane Lane in Chaplin (1992) and by Gwen Humble in The Scarlett O`Hara War (1980) (TV).

Goddard never had any children, but she became a stepmother to Charles Chaplin`s two sons, Charles Chaplin Jr. and Sydney Chaplin, while she and Charlie were married. In his memoirs, "My Father Charlie Chaplin," from 1960, Charles Jr. describes her as a lovely, caring and intelligent woman throughout the book.

Married Charles Chaplin the first week in June, 1936, in Canton, China, while on a world cruise.

Measurements: 34-24 1/2-34 (measured in January 1941) (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine). (imdb.com)

Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives," Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 331-333. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999. (imdb.com)

In Italy, most of her films were dubbed by either Giovanna Scotto; Dhia Cristiani, most notably in The Women (1939); or Rosetta Calavetta. (imdb.com)

Was the leading contender for the role of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939). Her inability to produce a marriage certificate to prove she and Charles Chaplin were married, and the appearance of Vivien Leigh on the scene, lost her the part. (imdb.com)


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