What can you tell me about actress Claudette Colbert?
—Jane Ballard, Billings, Mont.
Born in France, Colbert moved with her family to New York City at age 3 and began her acting career on Broadway in the 1920s. In 1934, she starred in three Academy Award-nominated movies (Cleopatra, Imitation of Life and It Happened One Night) and won the best actress Oscar in the latter film. Adept at screwball comedy as well as drama, she was an audience favorite in Private Worlds, Drums Along the Mohawk, The Palm Beach Story, Since You Went Away and The Egg and I. She died after a series of strokes in 1996 at age 92.