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Beauty Biography of Claudette Colbert

Bella Donna: Claudette Colbert

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."

Learn more fun beauty facts and see pictures of Colbert, when you

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  • She was quoted in Lois P. Frankel's Kindling the Spirit as saying, "It matters more what's in a woman's face than what's on it."
  • She worked with legendary makeup artist Max Factor, who was responsible for creating Clara Bow's famous cupid's bow lips. For Colbert, he developed a shade specifically for her called Dark.
  • For a famous scene in the film The Sign of the Cross, Colbert apparently bathed in asses' milk. According to Colbert's 1996 obituary in the New York Times, Colbert confessed that the "asses' milk" was actually made from a powdered product called Klim. "I was in the pool all day." Colbert said, "The Klim was so warm my bangs came uncurled. When the electricians turned off all the hot lights for an hour it congealed and the Klim turned to cream cheese."

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Jacklyn3014060 Jacklyn3014060 4 years
Claudette Colbert was just lovely! She was one of my favorite actresses of all time. Thanks for the heads up on the Evertalk page Christina.
Christina3014020 Christina3014020 4 years
Claudette Colbert was one of the brightest film stars to grace the silver screen. Someone should create a page for Claudette on Evertalk - www.everta.lk 
WiCkeD_LaDy WiCkeD_LaDy 7 years
Hey Bella, when are you going to put a Mexican Bella Donna, like Maria Felix.
WiCkeD_LaDy WiCkeD_LaDy 7 years
Hey Bella, when are you going to put a Mexican Bella Donna, like Maria Felix.
ccpdm ccpdm 7 years
Thanks, Mariannie! My age doesn't really bother me that much... Actually, my kids' friends think I'm a MILF! (Hey, that would make a good lame ass poll!!! ha)
Mariannie Mariannie 7 years
Be proud of your age, ccpdm! I think age should always be celebrated not hidden.
ccpdm ccpdm 7 years
She was a fabulous comedienne (and serious actress, as well). I have quite a few of her movies. A couple of my faves: Bluebeard's 8th Wife with Gary Dreamboat Cooper, The Palm Beach Story with Joel Knock Your Socks Off McCrae, The Egg & I with Fred MacMurray (that movie launched all the Ma & Pa Kettle movies). Eek, I'm showing my age. Mental head slap!!
thoroughlymodern thoroughlymodern 7 years
Love her.
thoroughlymodern thoroughlymodern 7 years
Love her.
Advah Advah 7 years
Oooh I love her and this movie, too! Think it might be time to put the DVD in the player! :P
cocom cocom 7 years
I love that movie too! She and Clark Gable were so great in it.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 7 years
'It Happened One Night' is one of my, eternally favorite movies.
dimples128 dimples128 7 years
LOVE. It Happened One Night is one of my favorites.
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
She is just lovely!
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
She is just lovely!
fleurfairy fleurfairy 7 years
How about Bella Donna: Vivien Leigh?
Stephanie-P Stephanie-P 7 years
God, she was gorgeous! I love her in "It Happened One Night"!! BELLA!!
esweet esweet 7 years
I love her and loved the movie "It Happened One Night."
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