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Claudette Colbert, 92; Actress Appeared in More Than 60 Films

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Claudette Colbert, whose trademark bangs and radiant smile graced such beloved 1930s films as "Midnight," "Cleopatra" and the classic "It Happened One Night," died Tuesday (July 30, 1996). She was 92.

Miss Colbert died in Barbados, where she had an oceanfront home, said Peter Griffith, director of Lyndhurst Funeral Home in Bridgetown, Barbados. She also kept an apartment in New York.

The actress appeared in more than 60 films, including "I Met Him in Paris," "Midnight," "Tovarich," "The Smiling Lieutenant," "The Palm Beach Story," "Since You Went Away" and "Three Came Home."

Miss Colbert was born in Paris on Sept. 13, 1903. Three years later her father brought the family to New York. Her passport listed her year of birth as 1905, a mistake she did not correct until she was 75.

She was christened Lily Chauchoin. But after she graduated from high school, she got a bit part on Broadway and two years later her new name - Claudette Colbert - was up in lights.

Miss Colbert made one silent film in 1927 - "For the Love of Mike," directed by Frank Capra - then debuted in talkies opposite Edward G. …