Actress Claudette Colbert was a versatile and award winning actress and was born Lily Claudette Chauchoin on September 13, 1903 in Saint-Mande, France. At an early age the actress and her family immigrated to the United States, settling in New York City. Her career in show business began on the stage, where her big break on Broadway came in 1927, playing the role of the snake charmer in The Barker. This success led directly to film contracts and role in the 1927 silent film, For the Love of Mike. With the advent of talking pictures there was a need for classically trained stage actress’ and Colbert abandoned the stage for the big screen. She appeared in seventy-nine films and television programs from 1927 to 1987, film highlights include; The Smiling Lieutenant (1931), The Wiser Sex (1932), The Sign of the Cross (1932), Cleopatra (1934), Imitation of Life (1934), The Gilded Lily (1935), Arise My Love (1940), No Time for Love (1943), and Three Came Home (1950).
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On September 13, 2001, actress Dorothy McGuire died. She was born on June 14, 1916 in Omaha. Nebraska. She began her acting career on the stage at the Omaha Community Playhouse. Eventually, she moved onto Broadway, first appearing in Our Town and Claudia. She was discovered by David O. Selznick on the strength of her stage performance; McGuire starred in her first film, a movie adaptation of her Broadway success, Claudia, and portrayed the character of a child bride who almost destroys her marriage through her selfishness. Her inaugural screen performance was popular with both the public and critics alike and was the catalyst for not only a sequel, Claudia and David (both movies co-starring Robert Young), but also for numerous other film roles. By 1943, at the age of 27, she was already playing mother roles, in such movies as A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.. She was nominated for a best actress Academy Award in 1947 for Gentleman’s Agreement. Other notable films include The Enchanted Cottage, A Summer Place, Three Coins in the Fountain, Friendly Persuasion, Old Yeller, Swiss Family Robinson, The Greatest Story Ever Told, and The Dark at the Top of the Stairs. She was married to Life magazine photographer John Swope (1908–1979) for more than 35 years. McGuire died of cardiac arrest on September 13, 2001 and her ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean.