Paulette Goddard


Actor
Paulette Goddard

About

Also Known As
Marion Levy, Pauline Marion Goddard Levee
Birth Place
Queens, New York, USA
Born
June 03, 1910
Died
April 23, 1990
Cause of Death
Emphysema

Biography

Amiable, effervescent leading lady, in Hollywood from 1929 but virtually unknown until she very touchingly played a waif opposite second husband Charles Chaplin in "Modern Times" (1936). Goddard was one of the final contenders for the much sought-after role of Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone with the Wind" (1939) but ultimately lost out to Vivien Leigh. (One story has it that a possible scandal...

Photos & Videos

The Ghost Breakers - Movie Posters
The Cat and the Canary (1939) - Publicity Stills
Tokyo Joe - Behind-the-Scenes Photos

Family & Companions

Edward James
Husband
Lumber tycoon. Married 1927-1929; some sources suggest that she was as young as 14 when she married James and as old as 19 when she divorced him.
Charles Chaplin
Husband
Director, actor. Married 1933/36-1942; some controversy surrounding exactly when Chaplin and Goddard were married.
Burgess Meredith
Husband
Actor. Married May 21, 1944; divorced June 6, 1949.
Erich Maria Remarque
Husband
Novelist. Married 1950 until his death in 1970.

Notes

At the time of her death, various newspapers reported that the year of Goddard's birth was quite possibly earlier than 1911, in fact possibly as far back as 1904.

In her later years Goddard endowed a scholarship fund for students in film production and cinema studies at New York University, and upon her death it was announced that she had left the university upwards of $30 million. A staircase in NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and one of the university's dormitories were named in her honor, although for a number of years her name was misspelled "Godard" on the staircase.

Biography

Amiable, effervescent leading lady, in Hollywood from 1929 but virtually unknown until she very touchingly played a waif opposite second husband Charles Chaplin in "Modern Times" (1936). Goddard was one of the final contenders for the much sought-after role of Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone with the Wind" (1939) but ultimately lost out to Vivien Leigh. (One story has it that a possible scandal surrounding her marital status with Chaplin may have kept her from getting the role.) Goddard, an extremely pretty and vivacious brunette, nevertheless became a popular favorite in comedy and period melodrama, remaining a top star at Paramount throughout the 1940s. She is best known as part of George Cukor's all-star distaff ensemble in the riotous "The Women" (1939) and as Bob Hope's co-star in the enjoyable horror comedies "The Cat and the Canary" (1939) and "The Ghost Breakers" (1940).

Besides the Chaplin and Cukor films, probably Goddard's finest performance is to be found in Mitchell Leisen's nicely judged and handsomely designed reworking of the "Pygmalion" myth, "Kitty" (1945). She also appeared in several films opposite her third husband, actor Burgess Meredith, including Jean Renoir's striking and offbeat "The Diary of a Chambermaid" (1946). After making several poor films in the later 40s, Goddard found that her star status had slipped; she and Paramount parted company in 1949 and she continued on for another five years in low-budget fare including "Babes in Bagdad" (1952) and "Vice Squad" (1953). A sharp-witted and alert woman reportedly much admired by H.G. Wells and other intellectuals, Goddard wed her last spouse, novelist Erich Maria Remarque, in the 50s, a union that would last until his death. She made her final screen appearance, following a ten-year absence, in the Italian production "A Time of Indifference" (1964).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Snoop Sisters (1972)
Time of Indifference (1965)
Maria Grazia Ardengo
Charge of the Lancers (1954)
Tanya
The Unholy Four (1954)
Angie Vickers
Sins of Jezebel (1953)
Jezebel
Paris Model (1953)
Betty Barnes
Vice Squad (1953)
Mona Ross
Babes in Bagdad (1952)
Kyra
The Torch (1950)
MariƔ Dolores PeƱafiel
Bride of Vengeance (1949)
Lucretia Borgia
Anna Lucasta (1949)
Anna Lucasta
On Our Merry Way (1948)
Martha Pease
Hazard (1948)
Ellen Crane
Unconquered (1947)
Abby [Hale]
Suddenly, It's Spring (1947)
WAC Captain Mary Morely
Variety Girl (1947)
An Ideal Husband (1947)
Kitty (1946)
Kitty
The Diary of a Chambermaid (1946)
Celestine
Duffy's Tavern (1945)
I Love a Soldier (1944)
Evelyn Connors
Standing Room Only (1944)
Jane Rogers
Star Spangled Rhythm (1943)
Herself, "A Sweater, Sarong and a Peek-A-Boo Bang" number
So Proudly We Hail! (1943)
Lieut. Joan O'Doul
The Crystal Ball (1943)
Toni Gerard
The Lady Has Plans (1942)
Sidney Royce
The Forest Rangers (1942)
Celia Huston
Reap the Wild Wind (1942)
Loxi Claiborne
Nothing But the Truth (1941)
Gwen Saunders
The Great Dictator (1941)
Hannah
Pot O' Gold (1941)
Molly McCorkle
Hold Back the Dawn (1941)
Anita Dixon
The Ghost Breakers (1940)
Mary Carter
Second Chorus (1940)
Ellen Miller
The Women (1939)
Miriam Aarons
The Cat and the Canary (1939)
Joyce Norman
The Young in Heart (1938)
Leslie Saunders
Dramatic School (1938)
Nana
Modern Times (1936)
A gamin
Pack Up Your Troubles (1932)
The Kid from Spain (1932)
Goldwyn girl

Producer (Feature Film)

The Torch (1950)
Associate Producer

Cast (Short)

Young Ironsides (1932)
Girl Grief (1932)
Show Business (1932)
Berth Marks (1929)

Life Events

1926

Stage debut as chorine with Ziegfeld revue; billed for a time as "Peaches"

1927

Stage acting debut in "The Unconquerable Male"

1929

Signed contract with Roach Studios

1936

Appeared as Chaplin's leading lady in "Modern Times"

1939

Signed contract with Paramount

1940

First of three films with director Cecil B. DeMille, "Northwest Mounted Police"

1949

Formed Monterey Pictures (with John Steinbeck)

1949

Stardom faded in the late 1940s; left Paramount after "Bride of Vengeance", in which she played Lucretia Borgia

1954

Played last starring roles in "The Charge of the Lancers" and "The Stranger Came Home"

1964

One-shot return to films, in a supporting role in the Italian production, "Time of Indifference", based on the Alberto Moravia novel

Photo Collections

The Ghost Breakers - Movie Posters
The Ghost Breakers - Movie Posters
The Cat and the Canary (1939) - Publicity Stills
The Cat and the Canary (1939) - Publicity Stills
Tokyo Joe - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Tokyo Joe - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
The Unholy Four - Movie Poster
The Unholy Four - Movie Poster
The Great Dictator - Movie Posters
The Great Dictator - Movie Posters
Reap the Wild Wind - Movie Posters
Reap the Wild Wind - Movie Posters
The Women - Paulette Goddard Publicity Stills
Here are a few stills used to publicize Paulette Goddard, on loan-out to MGM for The Women (1939). Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Second Chorus - Lobby Card
Here is a Lobby Card from Paramount Pictures' Second Chorus (1941), starring Fred Astaire and Paulette Goddard. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Pot O' Gold - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Pot O' Gold (1941), starring James Stewart and Paulette Goddard. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Kitty - Movie Posters
Here are a few original-release American movie posters from Paramount's Kitty (1946), starring Paulette Goddard and Ray Milland.
Nothing But the Truth - Movie Poster
Here is an original American 1-Sheet movie poster from Paramount's Nothing But the Truth (1941), starring Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
The Women - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a few photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's The Women (1939), directed by George Cukor and featuring an all-star, all-female cast.
The Women - Movie Posters
Here are a few original-release and re-issue American movie posters for MGM's The Women (1939).
The Women - Scene Stills
Here are a number of scene stills from MGM's The Women (1939), starring Norman Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Mary Boland, Paulette Goddard, and Joan Fontaine.
Paulette Goddard - Publicity Photos
Here are a few publicity photos of Paramount Pictures contract star Paulette Goddard.

Videos

Movie Clip

Cat And The Canary, The (1939) - Psychology Of Fear Distant cousins Cicily (Nydia Westman) and actor Wally (Bob Hope) securing their ancestor's creepy bayou mansion, after learning that Joyce (Paulette Goddard), visited by the executor Crosby (George Zucco), got all his money, in the horror-comedy The Cat And The Canary, 1939.
Cat And The Canary, The (1939) - Sleep With Those Pebbles Distant relatives Joyce (Paulette Goddard) and radio-actor Wally (Bob Hope), at the spooky bayou mansion where everyone has just learned that she's the sole heir of the owner, are on the trail of jewels said to be stashed on the premises, in The Cat And The Canary, 1939.
Modern Times (1936) - Child Of The Waterfront The factory worker played by the writer, director, producer and star, out of the hospital but into new trouble as an accidental activist, then the introduction of his love interest, Paulette Godard as "the gamin," in Charles Chaplin's Modern Times, 1936.
Modern Times (1936) - Even If We Have To Work For It Having together caused the paddy wagon in which they were captured to crash, bonding and fantasy between Paulette Goddard as "the gamin" and "the factory worker," played by writer, producer and director Charles Chaplin, in Modern Times, 1936.
Cat And Canary, The (1939) - Psychology Of Fear Actor Wally (Bob Hope) and Cicily (Nydia Westman) are among the distant cousins securing their ancestor's spooky bayou mansion, after learning that Joyce (Paulette Goddard), visited by executor Crosby (George Zucco) was his sole heir, in the horror spoof The Cat And The Canary, 1939.
Cat And The Canary, The (1939) - There Are Spirits All Around You Bob Hope as Wally joins fellow potential heirs at the spooky Louisiana mansion, George Zucco the lawyer, Gale Sondergaard the housekeeper, with Elizabeth Patterson, Nydia Westman, Douglass Montgomery and John Beal, then Paulette Goddard's entrance, in the horror-comedy The Cat And The Canary, 1939.
Cat And The Canary, The (1939) - Is He A Dangerous Maniac? After the reading of their ancestor's will in his bayou home, Bob Hope as Wally, with Nydia Westman, George Zucco the lawyer, John Beal, Elizabeth Patterson, Paulette Goddard who got the money, Douglass Montgomery and John Wray, the guard bringing scary news, in the horror spoof The Cat And The Canary, 1939.
Ghost Breakers, The (1940) - Keep It In The Can Thrifty heiress Mary (Paulette Goddard) wraps business with the guys (Paul Lukas, Pedro De Cordoba) overseeing her inheritance of a Cuban castle, then disrobes while radio gossip-monger Larry (Bob Hope) goes a little too far for gangster Frenchy (Paul Fix), early in The Ghost Breakers, 1940.
Ghost Breakers, The (1940) - My Parents Had No Imagination The first meeting of the principals, Bob Hope as radio host Larry, who has angered some gangsters but who wrongly thinks he's shot a guy, dives into the hotel room of otherwise uninvolved Mary (Paulette Goddard), his sidekick Alex (Willie Best) standing by, in The Ghost Breakers, 1940.
Ghost Breakers, The (1940) - Am I Protruding? Parada (Paul Lukas), whom we know is a crook, is trying to convince Mary (Paulette Goddard) that the Cuban estate she's inherited is haunted, rescued by relatively heroic Bob Hope, as radio chatterbox Larry, who's on the steamship to escape from gangsters, in The Ghost Breakers, 1940.
Women, The (1939) - That's French For Love On the ladies' train to Reno seeking divorces, the Countess (Mary Boland) introduces herself to Mary (Norma Shearer) and recruits Miriam (Paulette Goddard), in George Cukor's The Women, 1939.
Women, The (1939) - You're A Blithering Coward Peggy (Joan Fontaine) is daffy, having just reconciled with her husband on the phone, prompting Miriam (Paulette Goddard) to give Mary (Norma Shearer) an overdue talking-to, at the Reno dude ranch in George Cukor's The Women, 1939.

Trailer

Companions

Edward James
Husband
Lumber tycoon. Married 1927-1929; some sources suggest that she was as young as 14 when she married James and as old as 19 when she divorced him.
Charles Chaplin
Husband
Director, actor. Married 1933/36-1942; some controversy surrounding exactly when Chaplin and Goddard were married.
Burgess Meredith
Husband
Actor. Married May 21, 1944; divorced June 6, 1949.
Erich Maria Remarque
Husband
Novelist. Married 1950 until his death in 1970.

Bibliography

Notes

At the time of her death, various newspapers reported that the year of Goddard's birth was quite possibly earlier than 1911, in fact possibly as far back as 1904.

In her later years Goddard endowed a scholarship fund for students in film production and cinema studies at New York University, and upon her death it was announced that she had left the university upwards of $30 million. A staircase in NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and one of the university's dormitories were named in her honor, although for a number of years her name was misspelled "Godard" on the staircase.

During the infamous days of the blacklist in Hollywood in the late 40s, Goddard maintained her famous sharp wit. Asked if she feared the paranoid gossip which was ruining so many careers, she reportedly replied, "If anyone calls me a Communist, I'll hit them over the head with my diamond bracelets." (Story related in the "New York Times" obituary, 1990)