Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Paulette Goddard

Paulette Goddard (June 3, 1910 – April 23, 1990) was an Oscar-nominated American film and theatre actress. A former child fashion model and in several Broadway productions as Ziegfeld Girl, she was a major star of the Paramount Studio in the 1940s. She was married to several notable men, including Charlie Chaplin, Burgess Meredith, and Erich Maria Remarque, although she never had any children. Goddard began gaining star status after appearing in The Young in Heart (1938), Dramatic School (1938), and a supporting role in The Women (1939) which starred Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer and Rosalind Russell. Goddard starred with Chaplin again in his 1940 film The Great Dictator, and then was Fred Astaire's leading lady in the musical Second Chorus (1940), where she met Burgess Meredith. One of her best-remembered film appearances was in the variety musical Star Spangled Rhythm (1943) in which she sang a comic number "A Sweater, a Sarong, and a Peekaboo Bang" with contemporary sex symbols Dorothy Lamour and Veronica Lake.

She received her only Academy Award nomination, for Best Supporting Actress, in 1944 for So Proudly We Hail! (1943). Her most successful film was Kitty (1945), where she played the title role. In The Diary of a Chambermaid (1946), she starred opposite Meredith, by then her husband.

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