The French-born actress began her career in Broadway productions during the
1920s, progressing to film and talking pictures. She had a successful film career
with Paramount Pictures, and is recognized as one of the leading ladies of comedy
movies. Colbert was the highest paid actress in American cinema during the late
1930s. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her comedic performance
in It Happened One Night (1934), and also received Academy Award nominations
for her dramatic roles in Private Worlds (1935), and Since You Went Away (1944).