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Paulette: The Adventurous Life of Paulette Goddard

Morella, Joe;Epstein, Edward Z.

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ISBN 10: 0312598297 / ISBN 13: 9780312598297
Published by St Martins Press, New York, New York, 1985
Condition: Very Good+ Hardcover
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Title: Paulette: The Adventurous Life of Paulette ...

Publisher: St Martins Press, New York, New York

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good+

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition

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Paulette Goddard was already a legend during her lifetime. At her peak she was considered one of the sexiest, most glamorous, and most personable movie stars of the silver screen. She was known for her marriages to Charlie Chaplin, Burgess Meredith, and Erich Maria Remarque. But few know what an exciting and adventurous life she truly led. From her humble beginnings, Paulette was determined to earn stardom. She quickly reached her goal, starring in films with Bob Hope, Fred Astaire, Gary Cooper, and Jimmy Stewart. For many months she was the top candidate for the part of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind, a role that eventually went to Vivien Leigh. Paulette was also a sophisticated patron of the arts, with distinguished friends like John Steinbeck and Aldous Huxley. Through her wit, charm, and intelligence, she always attracted genius. Paulette's many admirers included Clark Gable and George Gershwin. Most favored her with gifts of magnificent jewelry. Soon she had a fortune in precious gems, because, as she put it, "I never give anything back." The star also collected great works of art, and often posed for the famous Mexican painter Diego Rivera.Always in the public eye, her controversial lifestyle prompted the FBI to investigate her, even as she dined at Hyde Park with FDR! In this revealing and insightful account, the authors detail the life and loves of this fascinating woman.They recount her Oscar nomination for So Proudly We Hail, and her participation in the first transcontinental flight, piloted by none other than Howard Hughes. Here also is the answer to the mystery of the Chaplin-Goddard relationship (Were they married or not?); a complete account of her feud with famed movie director Cecil B. DeMille; and the scandalous under-the-table incident at Ciro's. The story of Paulette Goddard's life is more captivating and provocative than fiction.The rare combination of brains, beauty, glamour, and success made Paulette Goddard a one-in-a-billion star.

From Publishers Weekly:

In the tradition of their previous star bios (of Lana Turner and Rita Hayworth), Epstein and Morella now focus on Paulette Goddard, perhaps more famous for her illustrious lovesCharles Chaplin, Burgess Meredith and Erich Maria Remarquethan for her film career. Despite leading a high life both in Hollywood and abroad, Goddard, according to the authors, was not a celluloid damsel typical of her era: she was independent, unconventional and intelligent. A childhood that was impoverished educationally, emotionally and financially toughened her. Forced to drop out of school at age 14 to support her mother and herself, she married a rich husband who provided her with the first of the many "settlements" she would receive throughout her life. She was thus enabled to be professionally and socially selective and to ignore the intrusive demands of press and public. Although the biographers obviously admire Goddard, they have produced a routine and essentially superficial portrait. Readers will come away with lots of facts but an indefinite sense of this actress. Smart, charming, witty, down-to-earth, bejeweledbut is that all there is? Photos not seen by PW. November 25
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