Lana Turner and John Garfield on the set of The Postman Always Rings Twice, 1946
It was not that Claudette discouraged familiarity; it was rather that she was in such control of her sexuality that she could channel it into her characters. Fredric March realized early in the Manslaughter shoot that Claudette had a rare combination of sensuality and propriety: “There was such a tremendous, smoldering sensuality to her, and that kind of chemistry usually would make the average woman a wanton, but Claudette had dignity and a sense of fitness of things.”
For The Sign of the Cross casting was almost complete but DeMille lacked a Poppea, the empress-wife of Nero. He was aware of Claudette, a regular on the Paramount lot; she intrigued him with her banked-down sensuality that could flare up, enkindling a scene of intimacy and leaving a residue of embers when passion was spent. Poppea was really a supporting role (Claudette had a total of five scenes), but DeMille was determined to give her enough screen time to leave an impression. Claudette enjoyed playing the oversexed Poppea. The first time she appears on screen, she is luxuriating in a sunken pool of black marble supposedly filled with donkey’s milk, the empress’s favorite form of bathing.
Jane Wyman with daughter Maureen on the set of Night and Day, 1946
Bette Davis, Joan Blondell and Ann Dvorak in Three on a Match, 1932.
New York ca.1900-10
Photo: Detroid Publishing Company
Joan Bennett, 1930s.
Fredric March and Carole Lombard chat at Selznick International Pictures during the filming of Nothing Sacred, 1937.
November 16, 1935. New Orleans photographs — 1123 Royal Street.
Joan Bennett in The Woman on the Beach, 1947.
a couple nights ago i had i dream i was claudette colbert but i was also an ex-con with narcolepsy. i was helping people put their groceries in their trunks at the supermarket for extra cash because my parole officer suggested it then there was a thunderstorm and i was running around my backyard and falling asleep, carrying some leafy greens as if they were extremely precious idek