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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Happy Birthday, Claudette Colbert

I'm telling you, I was quite thrilled when I found out this morning that it was Claudette's birthday! Claudette is another one of my favorites. Well, okay, to be fair there really isn't an Old Hollywood actor I don't like. Anyway, I love Claudette and she has made some of my favorite movies. Like, "It Happened One Night" and "Midnight."

Claudette had such a striking face, did she not? Perhaps she wasn't gorgeous - though she was pretty - but her face really strikes you!  "We had faces then," as Norma Desmond put it.

When I was reading "Desilu", I learned of a little meeting between Claudette, Lucy, and Greer Garson. (I find the fact that the three of them were hanging out together is just pretty awesome). It was when Lucy was just divorced from Desi and Claduette was doing "Marriage Go-Round" on Broadway; Greer was doing "Auntie Mame." Lucy went to see the show and went backstage to chat with Claudette; Claudette asked, "What are you doing after the show -- right now?" Lucy replied, "I've got no plans," and just at that moment Greer knocked at the door. Lucy and the other redhead greeted each other and Claudette suggested they go up to her apartment and cook scrambled eggs or something. So they did, three of the biggest stars. Lucy said of it later, "So here we were - Claudette Colbert, Greer Garson, Lucille Ball -  three old broads making scrambled eggs at two o'clock in the morning and bored to tears with each other!"

And, even though it isn't Wednesday,  here's a little "WML?" for you, starring Claudette:

Before I leave, I read in TIME magazine a few days ago that a movie called "My Week with Marilyn" is coming out this November. I think it has to do with some people spending a week with Marilyn Monroe while she was filming "The Prince and the Showgirl" with Laurence Olivier; there's even going to be a little Vivien Leigh in it (YES!! I'm cat smiling. Like her. Of course), played by a British actress named Julia Ormond. She looks sort of like Vivien but let's be fair; no one can really do Viv justice!

As for Marilyn, the actress Michelle Williams will be playing her. Here's a picture of her as Marilyn -- I think she kind of looks like a blond, less prettier version of Ava Gardner:

I don't know... it may bomb, but I do plan to see it.

Anyway, that's all for today. Happy birthday, Claudette!


StanwyckFan said...

I think Claudette Clobert was very pretty. :) Oh and thanks for reminding me of Her birthday!!! Honestly, I wouldn't have known without you.

Oh, and I can't imagine any modern actress doing Viv Leigh even a smidge of justice. ;)

Rianna said...

Oh, you're welcome, hahaha! Claudette's lovely, isn't she? :)

I agree. I'll probably get super annoyed and start throwing popcorn at the screen and then everyone in the theater will give me weird looks. Well, yeah, I'll try and restrain myself. Just kidding! ;)

StanwyckFan said...

I would pay to see that (you throwing popcorn at a movie screen in a mad fit of rage). LOL. ;)

Rianna said...

Hahaha :)

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