As my grandma would say, Claudette Colbert was a smart lady. Not just smart for her keen business sense, but for her fashionable, ambitious personality, too. Born in France as Lily Chauchoin, Colbert came to America as a young girl. Always impeccable in appearance, Colbert once dreamed of becoming a fashion designer until stumbling into acting in her late teens.
The red-headed dynamo with versatile talent appeared in a few dramatic roles, but was most often cast in sophisticated or screwball-type comedies. One of my favorites? Her role as a runaway heiress in 1934's It Happened One Night, for which she won an Oscar.
Notorious for her requests to be filmed and photographed from the left side only, I've uncovered a few other interesting beauty facts about the cosmopolitan star:
- The reason she wanted to be filmed from the left side was because of a bump on the right side of her nose from a childhood accident.
- She was known for her trademark wavy bob with fluffy bangs. Noted stylist Sydney Guilaroff said, "I adored my long and enduring friendship with Claudette. I studied her lovely face and cut her hair very short. Then I gave her bangs. She kept the hairdo the rest of her life with small variations on it."
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