Goddard, Paulette


Goddard, Paulette

▪ American actress
original name  Pauline Marion Goddard Levy 
born June 3, 1905, Great Neck, Long Island, N.Y., U.S.
died April 23, 1990, Ronco, Switz.

      American actress known for her spirited persona and for her association with Charlie Chaplin.

      Goddard worked as a fashion model in her early teens, and at age 16 she appeared as a chorus girl in the Broadway revue No Foolin'. Within the next four years, she married, divorced, and moved to Hollywood to become a movie star. To that end, she worked as an extra in a number of Hal Roach (Roach, Hal) short comedies and as a chorus girl in several Eddie Cantor (Cantor, Eddie) movies, including The Kid from Spain (1932). Although still unknown as a performer, she attracted the attention of Charlie Chaplin (Chaplin, Charlie). They were soon living together and, before she had even starred in a film, Goddard became well known to movie fans as Chaplin's beautiful companion (there is much uncertainty as to whether they were ever married). For two years Chaplin tutored Goddard in the art of acting, and he displayed the results in his final silent film, Modern Times (1936), in which Goddard portrayed the Gamine, an effervescent female companion to Chaplin's famous Little Tramp.

      Her performance in that film brought her to the attention of other producers, but her relationship with Chaplin caused her to lose a part that could have changed her career, that of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939). Producer David O. Selznick (Selznick, David O.) thought she was perfect for the role, but he withdrew his offer when she could not produce a marriage license validating her relationship to Chaplin.

      Despite this setback, Goddard did not lack for work. She teamed with Bob Hope (Hope, Bob) for the comedies The Cat and the Canary (1939), The Ghost Breakers (1940), and Nothing but the Truth (1941); she was part of the all-female cast of The Women (1939); and she starred in the drama Hold Back the Dawn (1941). In 1940 she again worked with Chaplin in his first all-talking feature, The Great Dictator (1940), but in 1942 she and Chaplin officially divorced—though it still was not clear they had ever married. Goddard met actor Burgess Meredith (Meredith, Burgess) while filming Second Chorus (1940) with Fred Astaire (Astaire, Fred). They married in 1944 and divorced in 1949.

      Cecil B. DeMille (DeMille, Cecil B.) cast her in several films, including Northwest Mounted Police (1940), Reap the Wild Wind (1942), and Unconquered (1947). Her supporting performance as an armed forces nurse in So Proudly We Hail! (1943) earned Goddard her only Oscar nomination.

      Though she had been one of the most popular stars of the early 1940s, Goddard was not in demand by the end of the decade. Her final Hollywood film was Charge of the Lancers (1954); thereafter she worked intermittently in television. In 1958 she married novelist Erich Maria Remarque (Remarque, Erich Maria) and moved to Switzerland, where she lived as a private citizen. She returned to the screen one more time in 1964 for the Italian production Gli indifferenti (Time of Indifference).

Additional Reading
Julie Goldsmith Gilbert, Opposite Attraction: The Lives of Erich Maria Remarque and Paulette Goddard (1995).

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • GODDARD, PAULETTE — (Pauline Marion Levy; 1911–1990), U.S. film actress. Born in Long Island, New York, Goddard was the only child of a Mormon mother and a Jewish father. She began her public career as a child model at a local department   store and debuted in the… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Goddard, Paulette — pseud. di Levy, Marion …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • Paulette Goddard — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Paulette Goddard en Al fin solos (1940) Pauline Marion Goddard Levy conocida como Paulette Goddard (Long Island, Nueva York (Estados Unidos); 3 de junio de 1911 Ro …   Wikipedia Español

  • Paulette Goddard — Infobox actor name = Paulette Goddard imagesize = 225px birthname = Marion Pauline Levy birthdate = birth date|1910|6|3|mf=y birthplace = Whitestone Landing, Queens, New York, U.S. deathdate = death date and age|1990|4|23|1910|6|3|mf=y deathplace …   Wikipedia

  • Paulette (name) — Infobox Given Name Revised name = Paulette imagesize= caption= pronunciation= po LET gender =Female meaning = small or humble region = origin =Roman related names = Pauline, Paulina, Paul footnotes = Paulette ( po LET ) is the French feminine… …   Wikipedia

  • Paulette Goddard — dans Coup de théâtre Données clés Nom …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Paulette Goddard — 1941 Paulette Goddard (* 3. Juni 1910 in Whitestone Landing, New York; † 23. April 1990 in Ronco, Schweiz; gebürtig Pauline Marion Levy) war eine US amerikanische Schauspielerin. Sie debütierte im Alter von 13 Jahren bei den …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Goddard — may refer to:PlacesIn the United States: * Goddard, Alaska * Goddard, Kansas * Goddard, Maryland * Goddard Memorial State Park, Warwick, Rhode Island * Goddard College, a private college in Plainfield, Vermont * Maurice K. Goddard State Park, New …   Wikipedia

  • Goddard — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Calvin Goddard (1768–1842), US amerikanischer Politiker Calvin H. Goddard (1891–1955), US amerikanischer Arzt und Wissenschaftler Craig Goddard (* 1984), schottischer Badmintonspieler Dwight Goddard… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Paulette — ist ein französischer weiblicher Vorname, eine Femininform von Paul und zugleich ein Diminutiv von Paula. Er ist seit dem Mittelalter im französischsprachigen Raum verbreitet; war in der zweiten Hälfte des 19. Jh. ein sehr beliebter Vorname, dann …   Deutsch Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.