Claudette Colbert is born in Saint-Mandé, Seine, France in 1903.
The next time you watch one of her films, see if you can spot what some cameramen came to regard as “the dark side of the moon”—the right side of Colbert’s face, rarely caught on celluloid. An injury left her with a small lump on the right side of her nose, causing the actress to favor, to a fault, the other side of her face when before the cameras. In Tovarich (1937), she fought director Anatole Litvak when she realized cinematographer Charles Lang was shooting her with little regard for her best side. Colbert asked Litvak to fire Lang, Litvak refused, and the rest of the shoot was marked by acrimony.
Imitation of Life (1934), Midnight (1939), Since You West Away (1944), The Palm Beach Story (1942) and It Happened One Night (1934), for which she won a Best Actress Oscar, should be considered essential viewing for budding Claudette Colbert fans.