"I lived in Hollywood long enough to play tennis and become a star, but I never felt it was my home." ~ Paulette
Paulette Goddard was born Pauline Marion Levy on June 3, 1910, in Long Island, New York. Her parents split up when she was a baby. She joined the Ziegfeld Follies when she was a teenager and often posed nude as a model. In 1927 she married Edgar James, a lumber company executive, but they divorced four years later. Paulette got work as an extra in movies and was chosen by producer Samuel Goldwyn to be one of his "Goldwyn Girls". She got a lot of attention when she began dating Charlie Chaplin in 1932. He cast her in his film Modern Times and they were secretly married. Their relationship was tumultuous and Paulette had short-lived affairs with composer George Gershwin and director Anatole Litvak. She desperately wanted to play Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With The Wind but lost the part to Vivien Leigh when she could not prove her marriage was legal. Paulette's career really took off when she signed with Paramount pictures. She starred in a string of hits including The Cat And The Canary, Second Chorus, and Hazard.