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Paulette Goddard

American actress

Died when: 78 years 324 days (946 months)
Star Sign: Gemini


Paulette Goddard

Paulette Goddard (born Marion Levy;June 3, 1910 – April 23, 1990) was an American actress notable for her film career in the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Born in Manhattan and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Goddard initially began her career as a child fashion model and performer in several Broadway productions as a Ziegfeld Girl.

In the early 1930s, she moved to Hollywood and gained notice as the romantic partner of actor and comedian Charlie Chaplin, appearing as his leading lady in Modern Times (1936) and The Great Dictator (1940).

After signing with Paramount Pictures, Goddard became one of the studio's biggest stars with roles in The Cat and the Canary (1939) with Bob Hope, The Women (1939) with Joan Crawford, North West Mounted Police (1940) with Gary Cooper, Reap the Wild Wind (1942) with John Wayne and Susan Hayward, So Proudly We Hail! (1943) — for which she received a nomination for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress — Kitty (1945) with Ray Milland, and Unconquered (1947) with Gary Cooper.

Goddard was noted as a fiercely independent woman for her time, being described by one executive as "dynamite".Her marriages to Chaplin, actor Burgess Meredith, and writer Erich Maria Remarque received substantial media attention.

Following her marriage to Remarque, Goddard moved to Switzerland and largely retired from acting.In the 1980s, she became a notable socialite before dying in Switzerland in 1990.

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