Paulette Duval was a French dancer and actress of the silent film era and early sound motion pictures. She was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1900 and raised in France. She was considered one of the most beautiful women in Paris in the early twentieth century. Paulette was recruited by Florenz Ziegfeld for the Ziegfeld Follies, which opened at the New Amsterdam Theater in New York, New York, United States, on October 15, 1923. Before joining the Follies, the French beauty was engaged with the Scandals dance productions of George White.
Paulette was in Hollywood film production from 1919-1933. She is widely known for her role Madame de Pompadour in Monsieur Beaucaire. Rudolph Valentino starred opposite Duval in the 1924 production based on a novel written by Booth Tarkington. In 1925 she played the role of a vamp in the film version of Cheaper To Marry. The movie was based on the noted stage play written by Samuel Shipman. Paulette played a lovely young woman who was embittered by the cynicism of the man she intended to marry. The MGM
motion picture featured many of the clothes the French actress brought from Paris as well as evening attire and furs furnished by the studio costume department. From her own possessions Miss Duval gave Norma Talmadge a $5,000 headdress. Paulette introduced knee muffs to Hollywood in 1926. A fur importer, Maurice Gebber, made the muffs from Russian sable after a design by Paulette Duval. She appeared with Marion Davies in Beverly of Graustark in the spring of 1926.
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