Paulette Goddard: Life Story and Gorgeous Photos of Charlie Chaplin’s Third Wife

Paulette Goddard was a model, stage actress, and film actress who was noted for her vibrant personality and exceptional acting abilities. Paulette Goddard did not have a particularly idyllic childhood. Her parents divorced, and she was raised solely by her mother. She dropped out of school early to help her mother.

Modelling career

Goddard began modelling at the age of ten to help support her mother and herself, working for Saks Fifth Avenue and Hattie Carnegie. Her great uncle, Charles Goddard, the owner of the American Druggists Syndicate, was a significant influence in her youth. He was instrumental in Goddard’s career, having introduced her to Broadway mogul Florenz Ziegfeld.

Acting career

Goddard made her stage debut as a dancer in Ziegfeld’s summer extravaganza, “No Foolin,” in 1926, and it was also the first time she performed under the stage name Paulette Goddard. She made her cinema debut in the Laurel and Hardy short film Berth Marks, in which she played an uncredited role (1929). She made her film debut in 1932 as a Goldwyn Girl in Samuel Goldwyn’s “The Kid from Spain” and went on to work with Hal Roach on several uncredited supporting roles over the next few years. She appeared in twenty films during the 1930s.

Goddard was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in the 1943 film ‘So Proudly We Hail!’.  Although she didn’t win, it solidified her position as a top draw. During the 1940s, her career graph saw a steep rise as she appeared in a variety of films, including ‘Pot o’ Gold,’ ‘The Lady Has Plans,’ and ‘So Proudly We Hail!’’, ‘The Diary of a Chambermaid,’ and ‘Unconquered.’ Her film career also included minor roles in B-grade films during the 1940s and 1950s.

Goddard took a long break from acting before returning to the silver screen in ‘Time of Indifference,’ her last film, despite appearing in a small role in the made-for-television movie ‘The Snoop Sisters’ in 1972.

Television career

During the mid-1950s, Paulette Goddard transitioned to television, appearing in shows such as ‘The Ford Television Theatre,’ ‘Climax!’ ‘Producers’ Showcase,’ and a television remake of ‘The Women.’ She also performed in the summer stock productions of ‘Waltz of the Toreadors’ and ‘Laura.’

Paulette Goddard’s spouses

When Goddard was 17 years old, she married Edgar James, a significantly older lumber tycoon. The marriage was short-lived, lasting only two years. In 1932, she met Charlie Chaplin, and the two hit it off right away. Their romance became a hot topic in Hollywood gossip columns and the media. They married secretly in China as well. Goddard obtained a Mexican divorce and a $1 million settlement after the two divorced in 1942.

Goddard married Erich Maria Remarque, a German novelist, in 1958, and the couple stayed married until Remarque died in 1970. Following Remarque’s death, she acquired his wealth and property in Europe, including a substantial collection of contemporary art, and spent the rest of her life in her opulent Swiss residence.

Paulette Goddard’s death

In the mid-1970s, Goddard was diagnosed with breast cancer and received effective treatment with invasive surgery. She developed emphysema due to her heavy smoking and died of heart failure on April 23, 1990, at 79. She is interred alongside Remarque and her mother in the Ronco Village Cemetery.

Below are some glamorous photos of young Paulette Goddard from her life and career.

#4 Paulette Goddard from the movie ‘Moder Times’, 1935.

#6 Pailette Goddard with Douglas Montgomery and Bob Hope, 1939.

#7 Paulette Goddard serves tea to her husband, 1930s.

#8 Paulette Goddard poses atop rocks with her hand on her hat.

#11 Paulette Goddard in the 1938 movie ‘Thrill of a Lifetime’.

#12 Paulette Goddard in the comedy-horror ‘The Ghost Breakers’, 1940.

#13 Paulette Goddard wearing a wide brimmed hat, 1940.

#17 Paulette Goddard in publicity portrait for the film ‘The Crystal Ball’, 1943.

#21 Paulette Goddard receiving dancing instructions in a dance studio, 1935.

#24 Paulette Goddard with Charlie Chaplin on the set of the film ‘Modern Times’, in 1936.

#25 Paulette Goddard Posing with Sidney and Charles Chaplin Jr, 1925.

#26 Paulette Goddard on the set of ‘The Diary of a Chambermaid’, 1945.

#28 Paulette Goddard with Charlie Chaplin on the set of ‘Modern Times’, 1936.

#29 Paulette Goddard with Louise Beavers and Loxi Clairborne, 1942.

#31 Paulette Goddard with Burgess Meredith and Erich Remarque, 1935.

#34 Paulette Goddard holds a plate of cake and a milkshake, 1936.

#35 Paulette Goddard in a scene from the movie “Kitty”, 1945.

#37 Paulette Goddard in a scene from the movie ‘Unconquered’, 1947.

#39 Paulette Goddard standing barefoot and on tiptoe in front of a barred window, 1936.

#43 Paulette Goddard with Mary Boland in a scene from ‘The Women’, 1939.

#44 Paulette Goddard with Mary Boland, Norma Shearer and Phylis Povah in the movie ‘The Women’, 1939.

#45 Paulette Goddard in a scene from the movie “The Cat and the Canary”, 1939.

#46 Paulette Goddard wearing a broad-brimmed straw hat, 1940.

#47 Paulette Goddard with Fred Astaire sitting on the sofa, 1940.

#48 Paulette Goddard, wearing a geometric print swimsuit, 1940.

#51 Paulette Goddard wearing rags and sitting on the ground, 1936.

#53 Paulette Goddard with Mary Boland in a scene from ‘The Women’, 1939.

#54 Paulette Goddard with , Norma Shearer, Joan Fontaine, Rosalind Russell, and Mary Boland, 1939.

#55 Paulette Goddard with Douglas Montgomery and John Beal in the movie ‘The cat and the Canary’, 1939.

#58 Paulette Goddard with Paul Lukas and Pedro de Cordob in the movie ‘The Ghost Busters’, 1940.

#59 Paulette Goddard applies lipstick with a fine brush, 1940.

#60 Paulette Goddard wearing a black evening gown, for Paramount Pictures, 1940.

#61 Paulette Goddard around the time of her appearance in the 1940 movie The Ghost Breakers.

#64 Paulette Goddard reading a book in the park, 1940.

#69 Paulette Goddard in a scene from the movie “The Ghost Breakers”, 1940.

#70 Paulette Goddard in a scene from the movie “North West Mounted Police”, 1940.

#71 Paulette Goddard sitting on the floor alongside a portrait of herself, painted by the Mexican artist, Diego Rivera, 1940.

#72 Paulette Goddard adjusting the strap on her shoe in a scene from the movie, ‘Star Spangled Rhythm’, 1942.

#75 Paulette Goddard wearing a red-and-white blouse, with a keyhole neckline, and a large red heart-shaped brooch, 1945.

#76 Paulette Godard with Bob Hope on the set of ‘The Cat and the Canary’, 1939.

Paulette Godard with Bob Hope on the set of 'The Cat and the Canary', 1939.

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