Claudette COLBERT

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FrenchBorn Emilie CHAUCHOIN

French-born American stage and film actress

Born on September 13, 1903 in Saint-Mandé, France , France

Died on July 30, 1996 in Speightstown, Barbados

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Claudette Colbert was born to Georges Claude, a banker, and Jeanne Loew Chauchoin, a pastry cook. After some financial reversals, her family emigrated to New York City in 1906. Colbert eventually became a naturalized citizen of the U.S.



Colbert studied at Washington Irving High School, where her speech teacher, Alice Rossetter, encouraged her to audition for a play she had written. Colbert made her stage debut at the Provincetown Playhouse in The Widow's Veil, at the age of 15. She then attended the Art Students League of New York. She intended to become a fashion designer, but appeared on the Broadway stage in a small role in The Wild Westcotts (1923). Inspired by this experience, Colbert ended her studies and embarked on a stage career in 1925. She adopted the name "Claudette Colbert" as her stage name two years later; she had been using the name of Claudette since high school.

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