Yes, this post is about the wonderful, captivating Claudette Colbert. But, more importantly, did you notice anything about the pictures I posted? Come on, think hard. Yup! You got it! Colbert liked to have only the left side of her face photographed in both studio stills and the films she made. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why some of her co-stars have said that she could be difficult to work with at times (but that's just me guessing). Like most women, Colbert probably knew what worked best for her and what didn't.With the right side of her face cloaked in shadows, Colbert breezed through her films as if in a dream, her left side heavenly lit by various genius lighting directors.
I never even noticed this about her until it was pointed out in what seems like an ancient Vanity Fair article (you know, back when VF covered the lives of classic Hollywood stars and was actually a decent magazine). I think it was an issue published back in the early 2000s - or possibly even in the late 90s - that focused on Colbert's career and private life. I had the issue saved and filed away for the longest time, but when it came time for me and my family to move houses, I think I ended up throwing most of my magazine collection away. Sad.
Anyway, this is turning into a long-winded post and I only wanted to give it a short mention initially. I know that Jean Arthur was also partial to having only one side of her face photographed, but aside from her and Colbert, do you know of any other classic film stars that had that same preference and/or stipulation written into their studio contracts? Let me know in the comments section below!