I have felt a fondness for Paulette Goddard ever since seeing Diane Lane's portrayal of her twenty years ago in the film Chaplin. A prolific actress in Hollywood for over forty years, Paulette is mostly remembered for being Charlie Chaplin's gamine leading lady in Modern Times and The Great Dictator. My favorite role of hers, though, is of Miriam Aarons in The Women. She has this compassionate, comedic, cholita thing going on as a chorus (cow)girl!
Paulette —who was childless— was the kind of woman who would get on the floor in her fur, gown and rubies, and play with the kids at a high-society dinner party. It's been said that Charlie Chaplin's sons thought of their one-time step-mom as a 'big sister' they could have fun with.
She was incredibly wealthy late in life, and while still alive, awarded over $3 million in scholarships to 300 theater and film students at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. When Paulette passed away in 1990, she left $20 million to the University. Her charitable spirit is memorialized in Goddard Hall, an NYU freshman residence hall on Washington Square named in her honor.
The more I discover about the feisty Ms. Goddard, the more I am convinced she and I would've hit it off splendidly! This became even more apparent when I came across the photo of Paulette crocheting. In an era when most of her contemporaries were seen knitting on set, there's Paulette hookin' it up in the backyard!
She appears to be crocheting a blanket using either a single crochet stitch or afghan stitch and adding a bit of colorwork known as jacquard or tapestry crochet, which is pretty much the equivalent to Fair Isle or intarsia in knitting. It's very simple and can make you look all fancy!
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