CLAUDETTE COLBERT (3)

CLAUDETTE COLBERT (3). Seductive 8×10 glossy black and white three-quarter length costume portrait from The Sign of the Cross (1932), boldly signed in later years in black felt tip ink. Mint condition. This photo offers a rare glimpse of Colbert’s right profile. In the early 1930s, as she was rising to screen stardom, the actress decided that the right side of her face was not as photogenic as the left and began demanding that only the left side of her face be shot in closeup. Scenes had to be staged so that she was nearly always on the right side of the screen, opposite her leading man to the left, so that the right side of her face would be seen as little as possible. As co-star Fredric March fondly commented, “I’d like to wring her neck — if she had one!”

$60