Movie Stars: Colbert, Caludette–Career; Profile, Screen Image

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Claudette Colbert had a mixture of unique physical assets (her round apple-face, big eyes, slender body, an elegant voice, aristocratic manner, relaxed acting, a tongue-in-cheek vivacity, intelligent style, comedic timing, and ladylike alluring charm, that distinguishes her from other screwball comediennes of the 1930s.

In her comedy films, she invariably played intelligent, self-reliant women, but she rarely engaged in physical comedy. Her characters, which were more likely to be observers and commentators, asserted themselves via smart and witty dialogue.