Claudette Colbert was a Franch-American stage and film actress from the 1920's through the 50's.
Claudette Colbert (13 September 1903 30 July 1996) was a French-American stage and film actress, and a leading lady for two decades. Colbert began her career in Broadway productions during the 1920s, progressing to film with the advent of talking pictures. Initially associated with Paramount Pictures, later gradually Colbert shifted to a freelance actor. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress in It Happened One Night (1934), and also received Academy Award nominations in Private Worlds (1935) and Since You Went Away (1944). Colbert was known as the expert screwball comedienne, but had talent to forge a decent film career for herself in versatility playing characters that ranged from vamps to housewives that encompassed melodrama, led to her becoming the industry's biggest box-office star in 1938 and 1942. At the mid 1950s she largely retired from the screen in favour of television and stage work, earning a Tony Award nomination in 1959.