Born 1910 as Marion Levy, American actress Paulette Goddard was a child fashion model and a performer in several Broadway productions as a Ziegfeld Girl. She signed her first film contract with producer Samuel Goldwyn to appear as a Goldwyn Girl in Whoopee! (1930), and then appeared in City Streets (1931), Ladies of the Big House (1931), and The Girl Habit (1931) for Paramount, Palmy Days (1931) for Goldwyn, and The Mouthpiece (1932) for Warners.
Goddard became a major star of Paramount Pictures in the 1940s. Her most notable films were her first major role, as Charlie Chaplin’s leading lady in Modern Times, and Chaplin’s subsequent film The Great Dictator. Goddard was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in So Proudly We Hail! (1943).
After her marriage to the third husband Erich Maria Remarque, Goddard largely retired from acting and moved to Ronco sopra Ascona, Switzerland. In 1964, she attempted a comeback in films with a supporting role in the Italian film Time of Indifference, which was her last feature film.
After Remarque’s death in 1970, Goddard made one last attempt at acting, when she accepted a small role in an episode of The Snoop Sisters (1972) for television.
Goddard died from heart failure while under respiratory support due to emphysema in 1990, aged 79, at her home in Switzerland.
Take a look at these glamorous photos to see the beauty of young Paulette Goddard in the early days of her career.