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Claudette Colbert
Claudette Colbert
(September 13, 1903 – July 30, 1996) was an American stage and film actress and a leading lady in Hollywood
Hollywood
for over two decades, and has been called "The mixture of inimitable beauty, sophistication, wit, and vivacity". Colbert began her career in Broadway productions during the late 1920s and progressed to motion pictures with the advent of sound film. Initially associated with Paramount Pictures, Colbert gradually shifted to working as a freelance actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress in It Happened One Night
It Happened One Night
(1934), and received two other Academy Award nominations. Other notable films include Cleopatra (1934) and The Palm Beach Story
The Palm Beach Story
(1942). With her round face, big eyes, charming, aristocratic manner, and flair[1] for light comedy as well as emotional drama, Colbert was known for a versatility that led to her becoming one of the best-paid stars of the 1930s and 1940s.[2] During her career, Colbert starred in more than sixty movies. She was the industry's highest-paid star in 1938 and 1942.[3] Among her frequent co-stars were Fred MacMurray
Fred MacMurray
in seven films (1935−1949), and Fredric March
Fredric March
in four films (1930−1933). By the early 1950s, Colbert had basically retired from the screen in favor of television and stage work, and she earned a Tony Award nomination for The Marriage-Go-Round in 1959. Her career tapered off during the early 1960s, but in the late 1970s she experienced a career resurgence in theater, earning a Sarah Siddons Award for her Chicago theater work in 1980. For her television work in The Two Mrs. Grenvilles (1987) she won a Golden Globe Award and received an Emmy Award nomination. In 1999, the American Film Institute
American Film Institute
posthumously voted Colbert the 12th Greatest Female star of classic Hollywood
Hollywood
cinema.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Early theater roles, 1925–27 2.2 Movie stardom, 1928–34 2.3 Post-Oscar career, 1935–44 2.4 Post-war career, 1945–65 2.5 Later career, 1974–87

3 Personal life 4 Later years and death 5 Awards and honors 6 Selected filmography 7 See also 8 References

8.1 Notes 8.2 Bibliography

9 External links

Early life[edit] Émilie "Lily" Claudette Chauchoin (pronounced "show-shwan") was born in 1903 in Saint-Mandé, France,[4] to Georges Claude Chauchoin (1867–1925) and Jeanne Marie (née Loew, 1877–1970).[3][5] Although christened "Émilie," she was called "Lily," because she had an aunt living with her by the name of Émilie. The aunt was her maternal grandmother's adopted child, Emilie Loew (1878–1954), who was not a blood relative, worked as a dressmaker, and never married. Colbert's nickname "Lily" came from Jersey-born actress Lillie Langtry.[6] Jeanne, Emilie Loew and Colbert's grandmother Marie Augustine Loew (1842–1930)[7] were born in the Channel Islands
Channel Islands
in the British Isles, and they were already fluent English speakers before coming to the U.S., though French and English were spoken in the family circle. Colbert's brother, Charles Auguste Chauchoin (1898–1971), was also born in Jersey. Jeanne held various occupations. While Georges Chauchoin had lost the sight in his right eye and hadn't settled into a profession, he worked as investment banker, suffering business setbacks. Marie Loew had already been to the U.S., and Georges' brother-in-law (surname Vedel) was already living in New York City. Marie was willing to help Georges financially but also encouraged him to try his luck in the U.S.[6]

During her high school days, 1920

In order to pursue more employment opportunities, Colbert and her family, including Marie and Emilie Loew, emigrated to Manhattan in 1906.[5][8] They lived in a fifth-floor walk-up at 53rd Street. Colbert stated that climbing those stairs to the fifth floor every day until 1922 made her legs beautiful.[9] Her parents formally changed her legal name to Lily Claudette Chauchoin.[1] Georges Chauchoin worked as a minor official at First National City Bank.[6] Before Colbert entered public school, she quickly learned English from her grandmother Marie Loew[10] and remained fluent in French.[11] She had hoped to become a painter ever since she had grasped her first pencil. Her family was naturalized in the U.S. in 1912. Her mother wanted to become an opera singer.[6] After all, Jeanne joined two silent films Journey's End (1918) and The Poison Pen (1919) in supporting roles as Jeanne Loew. Colbert studied at Washington Irving High School (known for having a strong arts program), where her speech teacher, Alice Rossetter, encouraged her to audition for a play Rossetter had written. In 1919, Colbert made her stage debut at the Provincetown Playhouse
Provincetown Playhouse
in The Widow's Veil at the age of 15.[1] However, Colbert’s interest still leaned towards painting, fashion design, and commercial art.[9] Intending to become a fashion designer, she attended the Art Students League of New York, where she paid for her art education by working as a dress-shop employee. After attending a party with writer Anne Morrison, Colbert was offered a bit part in Morrison's play[12] and appeared on the Broadway stage in a small role in The Wild Westcotts (1923). She had been using the name Claudette instead of her first name Lily since high school, and for her stage name she added her maternal grandmother's maiden name Colbert.[13] She was a staunch Republican since she was young.[14] Her father Georges died in 1925 and her grandmother Marie Loew died in New York in 1930.[6] Career[edit] Early theater roles, 1925–27[edit] After signing a five-year contract with producer Al Woods, Colbert played ingenue roles on Broadway from 1925 through 1929. During this period she disliked being typecast as a French maid.[15] Colbert later said, "In the very beginning, they wanted to give me French roles … That’s why I used to say my name Col-bert just as it is spelled instead of Col-baire. I did not want to be typed as 'that French girl.'"[16] She received critical acclaim on Broadway in the production of The Barker (1927) as a carnival snake charmer. She reprised this role for the play's run in London's West End.[17] Colbert was noticed by the theatrical producer Leland Hayward, who suggested her for the heroine role in For the Love of Mike
For the Love of Mike
(1927), a silent film now believed to be lost.[18] The film didn't fare well enough at the box-office.[3][19]

Colbert in Broadway production, 1928

Movie stardom, 1928–34[edit] In 1928, Colbert signed a contract with Paramount Pictures,[1] which was looking for stage actors who could handle dialogue in the new "talkies" medium. Colbert's elegance and musical voice were among her best assets.[3] In The Hole in the Wall (1929), audiences noticed her beauty, but at first she didn't like film acting.[12] Her earliest films were produced in New York. During production of the 1929 film The Lady Lies, she was appearing nightly in the play See Naples and Die. The Lady Lies was also a box office success.[3] In 1930 she starred opposite Maurice Chevalier
Maurice Chevalier
in The Big Pond, which was filmed in both English and French. She co-starred with Fredric March
Fredric March
in Manslaughter (1930), receiving critical acclaim[20] for her performance as a woman charged with vehicular manslaughter.[21] She was paired with March in four productions, including Honor Among Lovers (1931) with Ginger Rogers. While these films were box office successes,[11] she also starred in Mysterious Mr. Parkes (1931), which was a French-language version of Slightly Scarlet for the European market, although it was also screened in the United States. She sang and played piano in the Ernst Lubitsch
Ernst Lubitsch
musical The Smiling Lieutenant (1931), which was the year's 10th domestic box-office success;[3][19] Colbert was critically acclaimed for her ability to shrewdly play a character role opposite Miriam Hopkins.[11] Colbert concluded the year with appearance in a modest successful film: His Woman
His Woman
with Gary Cooper.[19] Colbert's career got a huge boost when Cecil B. DeMille
Cecil B. DeMille
cast her as femme fatale in the 1932 historical epic The Sign of the Cross , opposite Fredric March
Fredric March
and Charles Laughton. In one of the most notable scenes in her movie career, she bathes nude in a marble pool filled with asses' milk.[22][23] The film was one of her biggest box-office hits.[19] In 1933, Colbert renegotiated her contract with Paramount to allow her to appear in films for other studios. Her musical voice was also featured in the 1933 film Torch Singer, which co-starred Ricardo Cortez and David Manners. For 1933, she was already ranking as 13th box-office star.[24][25] By 1933, she had appeared in 20 films, averaging approximately four films per year. A lot of her early films were commercial successes,[3] and her performances were admired.[2] Her leading roles were serious and diverse, which proved her versatility.[15] Colbert was initially reluctant to appear in the screwball comedy It Happened One Night (1934). The studio accepted Colbert's demand that she be paid $50,000 and that filming was to be completed within four weeks to allow her to take a planned vacation.[26] Colbert won the Academy Award for Best Actress
Academy Award for Best Actress
for the film.[27]

Colbert in the title role of Cleopatra, 1934

In Cleopatra (1934), she played the title role opposite Warren William and Henry Wilcoxon. The film was one of the year's biggest domestic box-office hits.[3][19] Thereafter, Colbert did not wish to be portrayed as overtly sexual and later refused such roles.[28]Imitation of Life (1934) was the year's 8th domestic box-office success.[19][29] Post-Oscar career, 1935–44[edit] Colbert's rising popularity allowed her to renegotiate her contract, which raised her salary. For 1935 and 1936, she was listed 6th and 8th in the annual "Top Ten Money Making Stars Poll".[30] Then she received an Academy Award nomination for her role in the hospital drama Private Worlds (1935).[31] In 1936, Colbert signed a new contract with Paramount Pictures, and this contract made her Hollywood's highest-paid actress.[32] This was followed by a contract renewal in 1938, after which she was reported to be the best-paid star in Hollywood
Hollywood
with a salary of $426,924.[33] At the peak of her popularity in the late 1930s, Colbert earned $150,000 a film.[34] Colbert spent the rest of the 1930s deftly alternating between romantic comedies and dramas, and found success in both: She Married Her Boss (1935) with Melvyn Douglas; The Gilded Lily (1935) and The Bride Comes Home
The Bride Comes Home
(1935), both with Fred MacMurray; Under Two Flags (1936) with Ronald Colman; Zaza (1939) with Herbert Marshall; Midnight (1939) with Don Ameche; and It's a Wonderful World (1939) with James Stewart.

Colbert with a tennis racket, early 1940s

In contrast to her small height image, Colbert was 5 ft 5 in (165 cm) tall.[35] Hedda Hopper
Hedda Hopper
wrote that Colbert placed her career "ahead of everything save possibly her marriage", with a strong sense of what was best for her, and a "deep-rooted desire to be in shape, efficient and under control." [36] The writer A. Scott Berg remarked that Colbert had "helped define femininity for her generation with her chic manner."[37] Colbert once said, "I’ve been in the Claudette Colbert
Claudette Colbert
business a long time."[38] Colbert was a stickler for perfection regarding the way she appeared on screen. She believed that her face was difficult to light and photograph, and was obsessed with not showing the right side of her face to the camera, because of a small bump resulting from a childhood broken nose.[39] She often refused to be filmed from the right side of her face, and this sometimes necessitated redesigning movie sets.[12] During the filming of Tovarich in 1937, one of her favored cameramen was dismissed by the director, Anatole Litvak. After seeing the rushes filmed by the replacement, Colbert refused to continue. She insisted on hiring her own cameraman, and offered to waive her salary if the film went over budget as a result.[32] Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper
was terrified at the prospect of working with Colbert in his first comedy, Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938), which was the year's 15th domestic box-office success.[19] Cooper respected Colbert to be an expert in the genre.[40] She learned about lighting and cinematography, and refused to begin filming until she was satisfied that she would be shown to her best advantage.[41] Drums Along the Mohawk (1939) with Henry Fonda was Colbert's first color film, which was the year's 6th domestic box-office success.[19] However, she distrusted the relatively new Technicolor
Technicolor
process and feared that she would not photograph well, preferring thereafter to be filmed in black and white.[42] During this time she began appearing for CBS's popular radio program Lux Radio Theater, making 22 episodes between 1935 and 1954.[43] She also appeared for another radio program, The Screen Guild Theater, making 13 episodes between 1939 and 1952.[44] In 1940, Colbert refused a seven-year contract with Paramount, that would have paid her $200,000 a year, after finding out that she could command a fee of $150,000 per film as a freelance artist. With her manager, Colbert was able to secure roles in prestigious films, and this period marked the height of her earning ability.[32] Boom Town (1940) was the year's 3rd domestic box-office hit.[19] However, Colbert once said that Arise, My Love
Arise, My Love
(1940) was her favorite of all her movies.[45][46] The film won the Academy Award for Best Story. During filming of So Proudly We Hail! (1943), a rift occurred between Colbert and co-star Paulette Goddard, who preferred another co-star Veronica Lake
Veronica Lake
rather than Colbert. Goddard commented that Colbert "flipped" and "was at [my] eyes at every moment", and said that they continued their feud throughout the duration of filming.[36] Colbert was otherwise known for maintaining particularly high standards of professionalism and qualities during shooting.[38][2] The 1943 film was the year's 12th domestic box-office success.[19] Impressed by Colbert's role in So Proudly We Hail!, David O. Selznick
David O. Selznick
approached her to play the lead role in Since You Went Away
Since You Went Away
(1944). She was initially reluctant to appear as a mother of teenaged children, but Selznick eventually overcame her sensitivity.[47] Released in June 1944, the film was the year's 4th domestic box-office hit.[19] and grossed almost $5 million in the United States. The critic James Agee praised aspects of the film, but particularly Colbert's work.[48] Partly as a result, she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.[49]

"Screenland Magazine", 1945

Post-war career, 1945–65[edit] In 1945, Colbert ended her association with Paramount Studios and continued to freelance in such films as Guest Wife (1945), with Don Ameche. She starred opposite John Wayne
John Wayne
in the RKO Studios
RKO Studios
film Without Reservations (1946), which grossed $3 million in the U.S. While working on Without Reservations, director Mervyn LeRoy
Mervyn LeRoy
described Colbert as an interesting lady to work with, recalling her habit of not watching where she was going and constantly bumping into things.[50] Praised for her sense of style and awareness of fashion, Colbert ensured throughout her career that she was impeccably groomed and costumed. For the 1946 melodrama Tomorrow Is Forever, Jean Louis was hired to create eighteen changes of wardrobe for her.[51] Tomorrow is Forever and The Secret Heart (1946) were also substantial commercial successes,[19] and the overall popularity of Colbert during 1947 led her to place 9th in the "Top Ten Money Making Stars Poll."[30] She achieved great success opposite Fred MacMurray
Fred MacMurray
in the comedy The Egg and I (1947). The film was the year's 8th domestic box-office hit[19] and was later acknowledged as the 12th most profitable American film of the 1940s.[52] The suspense film Sleep, My Love (1948) with Robert Cummings
Robert Cummings
was a modest commercial success. By 1949 she was still ranking as the 22nd highest box-office star.[53] The romantic comedy, Bride for Sale
Bride for Sale
(1949), in which Colbert played part of a love triangle that included George Brent
George Brent
and Robert Young, was well-reviewed.[54] Her performance in the Pacific war film Three Came Home (1950) was also praised by the critics.[3] However, The Secret Fury (1950), distributed by RKO Studios, was a mystery melodrama that received mixed reviews.[54] During this period Colbert was unable to work beyond 5 p.m. each day due to doctor's orders.[55] While Colbert still looked like a young woman,[9] she found it difficult to make the transition to playing more mature characters as she approached middle age.[36] Colbert once said, "I'm a very good comedienne, but I was always fighting that image, too."[34] In 1949, Colbert was selected to play Margo Channing in All About Eve, because producer Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
felt that she best represented the style he envisioned for the part. However, Colbert severely injured her back, which led her to abandon the picture shortly before filming began. The role went instead to Bette Davis, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance. In later life, Colbert said, "I just never had the luck to play bitches."[34]

Colbert and Patric Knowles for Three Came Home, 1950

For tax reasons[9] Colbert traveled to Europe, making fewer films in the early 1950s. She appeared in Royal Affairs in Versailles
Royal Affairs in Versailles
with Orson Welles, the only film in which she acted for a French director, although Colbert had only a supporting role rather than top billing.[56] This film was screened in the United States in 1957.[57] In 1954 Colbert turned down a million-dollar broadcast deal with NBC-TV,[9] but made a pact with CBS-TV to star in several teleplays. After a successful appearance in a television version of The Royal Family,[1] she began acting in various television programs. From 1954 to 1960, she starred in television adaptations of Blithe Spirit in 1956 and The Bells of St. Mary's
The Bells of St. Mary's
in 1959. She also guest starred on Robert Montgomery Presents, Playhouse 90, and Zane Grey Theater. In 1956, Colbert hosted the 28th Academy Awards ceremony. In 1958, she returned to Broadway in The Marriage-Go-Round, for which she was nominated for a Best Actress Tony Award. She made a brief return to the screen, opposite Troy Donahue
Troy Donahue
in Parrish (1961). The movie was her last appearance on the big screen, and she played the supporting role of the mother. The film was the year's 19th domestic box-office hit.[19] However, Colbert received little attention from the press. After that, Colbert instructed her agent to stop his attempts to generate interest in her as a film actress, because there had been no offers.[58]

Colbert during TV production in 1959

Later career, 1974–87[edit] Colbert made occasional successful acting ventures in Broadway appearances in The Irregular Verb to Love (1963), The Kingfisher (1978) in which she co-starred with Rex Harrison, and Frederick Lonsdale's Aren't We All?
Aren't We All?
(1985), also with Rex Harrison. Colbert once said to an interviewer, "Audiences always sound like they're glad to see me, and I'm damned glad to see them."[3]  In 1987, Colbert appeared in a supporting role in the television miniseries The Two Mrs. Grenvilles. The production was a ratings success. Colbert won a Golden Globe and received a nomination for an Emmy Award. Modern critics have pointed out that Colbert had a mixture of unique physical assets (her round apple-face,[1] big eyes, curly hair,[3] slender body), an elegant voice, aristocratic manner, relaxed acting, a tongue-in-cheek vivacity, intelligent style, comedic timing and ladylike alluring charm,[59] that distinguishes her from other screwball comediennes of the 1930s.[38] In her comedy films, she invariably played shrewd and self-reliant women, but unlike many of her contemporaries, Colbert rarely engaged in physical comedy. Her characters were more likely to be observers and commentators.[60] Personal life[edit] In 1928, Colbert married Norman Foster, an actor and director, with whom she co-starred in the Broadway show The Barker, and in the 1930 film Young Man of Manhattan, for which he received negative reviews as one of her weakest leading men.[11] Their marriage remained a secret for many years while they lived in separate homes.[1]

Colbert and her mother Jeanne in 1936

In Los Angeles, Colbert shared a home with her mother, Jeanne Chauchoin,[61] but her domineering mother disliked Foster and reputedly did not allow him into the home.[62] Colbert and Foster divorced in 1935 in Mexico.[1] Four months after her divorce, Colbert married Joel Pressman, a throat specialist and surgeon at UCLA.[3] She gave a Beechcraft Bonanza single-engine plane to Pressman as a present. They purchased a ranch in Northern California,[9] where Colbert enjoyed horseback riding[63] and her husband kept show cattle. During this period, Colbert drove a Lincoln Continental
Lincoln Continental
and a Ford Thunderbird.[9] The marriage lasted 33 years, until Pressman's death from liver cancer in 1968. Jeanne Chauchoin reportedly envied her daughter[9] and preferred her son's company, making Colbert's brother Charles serve as his sister's agent. Charles used the surname Wendling which was borrowed from Jeanne's paternal grandmother, Rose Wendling.[6] He served as Colbert's business manager for a time,[5] and was credited with negotiating some of her more lucrative contracts in the late 1930s and early 1940s.[11][6] Although virtually retired from the motion-picture industry since the mid-1950s, Colbert was still financially solvent enough to maintain an upscale lifestyle. Despite already having a country house in Palm Springs
Palm Springs
for staying on weekends, she rented a cottage in Cap Ferrat
Cap Ferrat
in southeastern France. Adman Peter Rogers said, "Claudette was extravagant; I never, ever saw her question the price of anything." In 1963, Colbert sold her residence in Holmby Hills (western Los Angeles), so Joel Pressman rented a small house in Beverly Hills.[9] In 1958 she met Verna Hull, a wealthy painter/photographer and the stepdaughter of a Sears Roebuck
Sears Roebuck
heiress. They had a nine-year friendship and painted together, went for drives together, traveled together and even rented twin penthouses in New York. They had a mutual interest in art. When Colbert bought a house in Barbados
Barbados
in the early 1960s, Hull also bought a modest house next door. The friendship ended suddenly after an argument that took place as Colbert's husband lay dying. Colbert denied, and took offence at, lesbian rumours.[9] Later years and death[edit] For years, Colbert divided her time between her apartment in Manhattan and her vacation home in Speightstown, Barbados.[3] The latter, purchased from a British gentleman and nicknamed "Bellerive", was the island’s only plantation house fronting the beach.[9] However, her permanent address remained Manhattan. Colbert's mother Jeanne died in 1970 and her brother Charles died in 1971,[1] so her only surviving relative was a niece, Coco Lewis, Charles' daughter.[34][64] Colbert sustained a series of small strokes during the last three years of her life. She died in 1996 at her second home in Barbados,[3] where she had employed a housekeeper and two cooks. Colbert’s remains were transported to New York City for cremation and funeral services.[9] A Requiem Mass
Requiem Mass
was later held at Church of St. Vincent Ferrer in Manhattan.[65] Her ashes were buried in the Godings Bay Church Cemetery, Speightstown, Saint Peter, Barbados, alongside her mother and second husband.[9] Colbert was childless. She left most of her estate, estimated at $3.5 million and also including her Manhattan apartment and Bellerive, to a long-time friend, Helen O'Hagan, a retired director of corporate relations at Saks Fifth Avenue. Colbert had met O'Hagan in 1961 on the set of Parrish, her last film,[66][67] and the pair became best friends around 1970.[1] After the death of Pressman, Colbert instructed her friends to treat O'Hagan as they had Pressman, "as her spouse".[68] Though O'Hagan was financially comfortable without the generous bequest, Bellerive was sold for over $2 million to David Geffen. Colbert's remaining assets were distributed among three heirs: $150,000 to her niece Coco Lewis; a trust worth more than $100,000 to UCLA
UCLA
for Pressman’s memory; and $75,000 to Marie Corbin, Colbert's Barbadian housekeeper.[9] Awards and honors[edit]

Year Award Category Film Result Ref

1935 Academy Award Best Actress It Happened One Night Won [27]

1936 Academy Award Best Actress Private Worlds Nominated [31]

1945 Academy Award Best Actress Since You Went Away Nominated [49]

1959 Tony Award Best Actress The Marriage-Go-Round Nominated [citation needed]

1960 Hollywood
Hollywood
Walk of Fame Star at 6812 Hollywood
Hollywood
Blvd. — Inducted [69]

1980 Sarah Siddons Award

The Kingfisher Won [70]

1984 Film Society of Lincoln Center Lifetime Achievement Award — Won [71]

1985 Drama Desk Drama Desk Special
Special
Award Aren't We All Won [72]

1987 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress The Two Mrs. Grenvilles Nominated [citation needed]

1988 Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actress in a Series The Two Mrs. Grenvilles Won [citation needed]

1989 Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Achievement Award — Won [73]

1990 San Sebastián International Film Festival Donostia Award — Won [74]

1999 American Film Institute Greatest Female Stars — 12th [75]

Selected filmography[edit] Main article: Claudette Colbert
Claudette Colbert
filmography The following is a list of feature films in which Colbert had top billing.

The Hole in the Wall (1929) Young Man of Manhattan
Young Man of Manhattan
(1930) Manslaughter (1930) Honor Among Lovers
Honor Among Lovers
(1931) Secrets of a Secretary (1931) The Wiser Sex (1932) Misleading Lady
Misleading Lady
(1932) The Man from Yesterday
The Man from Yesterday
(1932) Tonight Is Ours
Tonight Is Ours
(1933) Three-Cornered Moon
Three-Cornered Moon
(1933) Torch Singer
Torch Singer
(1933) Four Frightened People
Four Frightened People
(1934) Cleopatra (1934) Imitation of Life (1934) The Gilded Lily (1935) Private Worlds
Private Worlds
(1935) She Married Her Boss (1935) The Bride Comes Home
The Bride Comes Home
(1935) Maid of Salem
Maid of Salem
(1937) I Met Him in Paris
I Met Him in Paris
(1937) Tovarich (1937) Zaza (1939) Midnight (1939) It's a Wonderful World (1939) Drums Along the Mohawk (1939) Arise, My Love
Arise, My Love
(1940) Skylark (1941) Remember the Day
Remember the Day
(1941) The Palm Beach Story
The Palm Beach Story
(1942) No Time for Love (1943) So Proudly We Hail! (1943) Since You Went Away
Since You Went Away
(1944) Practically Yours
Practically Yours
(1944) Guest Wife (1945) Tomorrow Is Forever
Tomorrow Is Forever
(1946) Without Reservations (1946) The Secret Heart (1946) The Egg and I (1947) Sleep, My Love (1948) Family Honeymoon
Family Honeymoon
(1949) Bride for Sale
Bride for Sale
(1949) Three Came Home
Three Came Home
(1950) The Secret Fury
The Secret Fury
(1950) Thunder on the Hill
Thunder on the Hill
(1951) Let's Make It Legal
Let's Make It Legal
(1951) The Planter's Wife (1952) Texas Lady
Texas Lady
(1955)

See also[edit]

Film portal

List of actors with Academy Award nominations

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Academy Award for Best Actress

1928–1950

Janet Gaynor
Janet Gaynor
(1928) Mary Pickford
Mary Pickford
(1929) Norma Shearer
Norma Shearer
(1930) Marie Dressler
Marie Dressler
(1931) Helen Hayes
Helen Hayes
(1932) Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn
(1933) Claudette Colbert
Claudette Colbert
(1934) Bette Davis
Bette Davis
(1935) Luise Rainer
Luise Rainer
(1936) Luise Rainer
Luise Rainer
(1937) Bette Davis
Bette Davis
(1938) Vivien Leigh
Vivien Leigh
(1939) Ginger Rogers
Ginger Rogers
(1940) Joan Fontaine
Joan Fontaine
(1941) Greer Garson
Greer Garson
(1942) Jennifer Jones
Jennifer Jones
(1943) Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
(1944) Joan Crawford
Joan Crawford
(1945) Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland
(1946) Loretta Young
Loretta Young
(1947) Jane Wyman
Jane Wyman
(1948) Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland
(1949) Judy Holliday
Judy Holliday
(1950)

1951–1975

Vivien Leigh
Vivien Leigh
(1951) Shirley Booth
Shirley Booth
(1952) Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
(1953) Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly
(1954) Anna Magnani
Anna Magnani
(1955) Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
(1956) Joanne Woodward
Joanne Woodward
(1957) Susan Hayward
Susan Hayward
(1958) Simone Signoret
Simone Signoret
(1959) Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
(1960) Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren
(1961) Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft
(1962) Patricia Neal
Patricia Neal
(1963) Julie Andrews
Julie Andrews
(1964) Julie Christie
Julie Christie
(1965) Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
(1966) Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn
(1967) Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn
/ Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
(1968) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(1969) Glenda Jackson
Glenda Jackson
(1970) Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
(1971) Liza Minnelli
Liza Minnelli
(1972) Glenda Jackson
Glenda Jackson
(1973) Ellen Burstyn
Ellen Burstyn
(1974) Louise Fletcher
Louise Fletcher
(1975)

1976–2000

Faye Dunaway
Faye Dunaway
(1976) Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton
(1977) Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
(1978) Sally Field
Sally Field
(1979) Sissy Spacek
Sissy Spacek
(1980) Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn
(1981) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(1982) Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
(1983) Sally Field
Sally Field
(1984) Geraldine Page
Geraldine Page
(1985) Marlee Matlin
Marlee Matlin
(1986) Cher
Cher
(1987) Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster
(1988) Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
(1989) Kathy Bates
Kathy Bates
(1990) Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster
(1991) Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson
(1992) Holly Hunter
Holly Hunter
(1993) Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
(1994) Susan Sarandon
Susan Sarandon
(1995) Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand
(1996) Helen Hunt
Helen Hunt
(1997) Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow
(1998) Hilary Swank
Hilary Swank
(1999) Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts
(2000)

2001–present

Halle Berry
Halle Berry
(2001) Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman
(2002) Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron
(2003) Hilary Swank
Hilary Swank
(2004) Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon
(2005) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2006) Marion Cotillard
Marion Cotillard
(2007) Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
(2008) Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock
(2009) Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman
(2010) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(2011) Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence
(2012) Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett
(2013) Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
(2014) Brie Larson
Brie Larson
(2015) Emma Stone
Emma Stone
(2016) Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand
(2017)

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Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film

Gail Fisher
Gail Fisher
(1970) Sue Ane Langdon
Sue Ane Langdon
(1971) Ruth Buzzi
Ruth Buzzi
(1972) Ellen Corby
Ellen Corby
(1973) Betty Garrett
Betty Garrett
(1974) Hermione Baddeley
Hermione Baddeley
(1975) Josette Banzet (1976) Polly Holliday
Polly Holliday
(1978) Polly Holliday
Polly Holliday
(1979) Valerie Bertinelli/ Diane Ladd
Diane Ladd
(1980) Valerie Bertinelli
Valerie Bertinelli
(1981) Shelley Long
Shelley Long
(1982) Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
(1983) Faye Dunaway
Faye Dunaway
(1984) Sylvia Sidney
Sylvia Sidney
(1985) Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland
(1986) Claudette Colbert
Claudette Colbert
(1987) Katherine Helmond
Katherine Helmond
(1988) Amy Madigan
Amy Madigan
(1989) Piper Laurie
Piper Laurie
(1990) Amanda Donohoe (1991) Joan Plowright
Joan Plowright
(1992) Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
(1993) Miranda Richardson
Miranda Richardson
(1994) Shirley Knight
Shirley Knight
(1995) Kathy Bates
Kathy Bates
(1996) Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie
(1997) Faye Dunaway/ Camryn Manheim
Camryn Manheim
(1998) Nancy Marchand
Nancy Marchand
(1999) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(2000) Rachel Griffiths
Rachel Griffiths
(2001) Kim Cattrall
Kim Cattrall
(2002) Mary-Louise Parker
Mary-Louise Parker
(2003) Anjelica Huston
Anjelica Huston
(2004) Sandra Oh
Sandra Oh
(2005) Emily Blunt
Emily Blunt
(2006) Samantha Morton
Samantha Morton
(2007) Laura Dern
Laura Dern
(2008) Chloë Sevigny
Chloë Sevigny
(2009) Jane Lynch
Jane Lynch
(2010) Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
(2011) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(2012) Jacqueline Bisset
Jacqueline Bisset
(2013) Joanne Froggatt
Joanne Froggatt
(2014) Maura Tierney
Maura Tierney
(2015) Olivia Colman
Olivia Colman
(2016) Laura Dern
Laura Dern
(2017)

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Kennedy Center Honorees (1980s)

1980

Leonard Bernstein James Cagney Agnes de Mille Lynn Fontanne Leontyne Price

1981

Count Basie Cary Grant Helen Hayes Jerome Robbins Rudolf Serkin

1982

George Abbott Lillian Gish Benny Goodman Gene Kelly Eugene Ormandy

1983

Katherine Dunham Elia Kazan Frank Sinatra James Stewart Virgil Thomson

1984

Lena Horne Danny Kaye Gian Carlo Menotti Arthur Miller Isaac Stern

1985

Merce Cunningham Irene Dunne Bob Hope Alan Jay Lerner
Alan Jay Lerner
& Frederick Loewe Beverly Sills

1986

Lucille Ball Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
& Jessica Tandy Yehudi Menuhin Antony Tudor Ray Charles

1987

Perry Como Bette Davis Sammy Davis Jr. Nathan Milstein Alwin Nikolais

1988

Alvin Ailey George Burns Myrna Loy Alexander Schneider Roger L. Stevens

1989

Harry Belafonte Claudette Colbert Alexandra Danilova Mary Martin William Schuman

Complete list 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s

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Film Society of Lincoln Center
Film Society of Lincoln Center
Gala Tribute Honorees

Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
(1972) Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
(1973) Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock
(1974) Joanne Woodward
Joanne Woodward
and Paul Newman
Paul Newman
(1975) George Cukor
George Cukor
(1978) Bob Hope
Bob Hope
(1979) John Huston
John Huston
(1980) Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
(1981) Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
(1982) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1983) Claudette Colbert
Claudette Colbert
(1984) Federico Fellini
Federico Fellini
(1985) Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
(1986) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1987) Yves Montand
Yves Montand
(1988) Bette Davis
Bette Davis
(1989) James Stewart
James Stewart
(1990) Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
(1991) Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
(1992) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1993) Robert Altman
Robert Altman
(1994) Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
(1995) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(1996) Sean Connery
Sean Connery
(1997) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(1998) Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
(1999) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(2000) Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
(2001) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
(2002) Susan Sarandon
Susan Sarandon
(2003) Michael Caine
Michael Caine
(2004) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(2005) Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
(2006) Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton
(2007) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(2008) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(2009) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(2010) Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
(2011) Catherine Deneuve
Catherine Deneuve
(2012) Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
(2013) Rob Reiner
Rob Reiner
(2014) Robert Redford
Robert Redford
(2015) Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
(2016) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(2017) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2018)

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