Claudette Colbert

Claudette Colbert was an American stage and film actress. Colbert began her career in Broadway productions during the late 1920s and progressed to motion pictures with the advent of Talking pictures. Associated with Paramount Pictures, she shifted to working as a freelance actress, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in It Happened One Night, received two other Academy Award nominations. Other notable films include The Palm Beach Story. With her round face, big eyes, aristocratic manner, flair for light comedy, as well as emotional drama, Colbert was known for a versatility that led to her becoming one of the industry's best-paid stars of the 1930s and 1940s and, in 1938 and 1942, the highest-paid star. During her career, Colbert starred in more than 60 movies. Among her frequent co-stars were Fred MacMurray in seven films, Fredric March in four films. By the early 1950s, Colbert had retired from the screen in favor of television and stage work, she earned a Tony Award nomination for The Marriage-Go-Round in 1959.

Her career tapered off during the early 1960s, but in the late 1970s she experienced a career resurgence in theater, earning a Sarah Siddons Award for her Chicago theater work in 1980. For her television work in The Two Mrs. Grenvilles, she won a Golden Globe Award and received an Emmy Award nomination. In 1999, the American Film Institute posthumously voted Colbert the 12th-greatest female star of classic Hollywood cinema. Émilie Claudette Chauchoin was born in 1903 in Saint-Mandé, France, to Jeanne Marie and Georges Claude Chauchoin. Although christened "Émilie", she was called "Lily"; because she had an aunt living with her by the name of Émilie. The aunt was her maternal grandmother's adopted child, Emilie Loew, not a blood relative, worked as a dressmaker, never married. Colbert's nickname "Lily" came from Jersey-born actress Lillie Langtry. Jeanne, Emilie Loew, Colbert's grandmother, Marie Augustine Loew, were born in the Channel Islands between England and France, thus were fluent English speakers before coming to the U.

S. though French and English were spoken in the family circle. Colbert's brother, Charles Auguste Chauchoin, was born in the Bailiwick of Jersey. Jeanne held various occupations. While Georges Chauchoin had lost the sight in his right eye and had not settled into a profession, he worked as investment banker, suffering business setbacks. Marie Loew had been to the U. S. and Georges' brother-in-law was living in New York City. Marie was willing to help Georges financially, but encouraged him to try his luck in the U. S. To pursue more employment opportunities and her family, including Marie and Emilie Loew, emigrated to Manhattan in 1906, they lived in a fifth-floor walk-up at 53rd Street. Colbert stated that climbing those stairs to the fifth floor every day until 1922 made her legs beautiful, her parents formally changed her legal name to Lily Claudette Chauchoin'. Georges Chauchoin worked as a minor official at First National City Bank. Before Colbert entered public school, she learned English from her grandmother Marie Loew and continued to be fluent in French.

She had hoped to become a painter since she had grasped her first pencil. Her family was naturalized in the U. S. in 1912. Her mother wanted to become an opera singer. Colbert studied at Washington Irving High School, where her speech teacher, Alice Rossetter, encouraged her to audition for a play Rossetter had written. In 1919, Colbert made her stage debut at the Provincetown Playhouse in The Widow's Veil at the age of 15. However, Colbert's interest still leaned towards painting, fashion design, commercial art. Intending to become a fashion designer, she attended the Art Students League of New York, where she paid for her art education by working as a dress-shop employee. After attending a party with writer Anne Morrison, Colbert was offered a bit part in Morrison's play and appeared on the Broadway stage in a small role in The Wild Westcotts, she had been using the name Claudette instead of her first name Lily since high school, for her stage name, she added her maternal grandmother's maiden name, Colbert.

Her father, died in 1925 and her grandmother, Marie Loew, died in New York in 1930. After signing a five-year contract with producer Al Woods, Colbert played ingenue roles on Broadway from 1925 through 1929. Through the influence of Woods, she was cast in Frederick Lonsdale's The Fake, but was replaced by Frieda Inescort before it opened. Woods tried to promote Colbert as his "British discovery". During this period she disliked being typecast as a French maid. Colbert said, "In the beginning, they wanted to give me French roles … That's why I used to say my name Col-bert just as it is spelled instead of Col-baire. I did not want to be typed as'that French girl.'" She received critical acclaim on Broadway in the production of The Barker as a carnival snake charmer. She reprised this role for the play's run in London's West End. Colbert was noticed by the theatrical producer Leland Hayward, who suggested her for the heroine role in For the Love of Mike, a silent film now believed to be lost; the film didn't fare well enough at the box-office.

In 1928, Colbert signed a contract with Paramount Pictures. Colbert's elegance and musical voice were among her best assets. In The Hole in the Wall, audiences noticed

Carpathian National Nature Park

The Carpathian National Nature Park is a National Park located in Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast, Ukraine. The park was established on 3 June 1980 to protect landscapes of the Carpathian Mountains; the headquarters of the park are in Yaremche. Carpathian National Nature Park is the first national park of Ukraine and one of the biggest national parks of this country; the area of the park is shared between Nadvirna Raion and Verkhovyna Raion in the southwest of Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast, at the border with Zakarpattia Oblast. The area of the park is 515.7 square kilometres, of which 3,834 square kilometres is the area where any economic activity is prohibited. The park is located in the highest part of the Ukrainian Carpathians, on the eastern slopes in the drainage basins of the Prut River and the Black Cheremosh River; the Prut has its source in the park, the highest point of Ukraine, Mount Hoverla, is located at the borders of the park. The lowest point of the park is about 500 metres. In 1921, in the highest part of the Ukrainian Carpathians a nature reservation was created which had the area of 4.47 square kilometres.

In 1968, it was merged into the newly created Carpathian State Reserve. Carpathian National Nature Park was established in 1980 by the decree of the Council of Ministers of Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, included about a half of the area which belonged to the Carpathian State Reserve; the park is an independent unit subordinated to the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine. The park is in the Carpathian montane forests ecoregion; because of its altitude, the climate of the Carpathian Park is Subarctic climate, without dry season. This climate is characterized by cold, snowy winters; the landscapes in the park include Alpine forests. The three most common tree species in the park are silver fir, European beech, spruce; the Huk Waterfall, located within the park, is the highest single-drop waterfall in the Ukrainian Carpathians. There are two lakes of glacial origin; the area of the Carpathian National Nature Park was inhabited by hutsuls and contains a number of monuments of history and architecture, including historical wooden buildings.

It is used for tourism, with 48 maintained trails. Biały Słoń Media related to Carpathian National Nature Park at Wikimedia Commons

Hydrobasileus croceus

The amber-winged marsh glider, Hydrobasileus croceus, is a species of dragonfly in the family Libellulidae. It is a distributed species in many Asian countries, it is a large reddish-brown dragonfly with golden-amber tinted wings. Eyes are reddish-brown above, its thorax is ohvaceous suffused with golden reddish-brown, Its base of hind-wings have a moderately broad dark reddish-brown mark. Abdomen is olivaceous, marked with black. Segments 4 to 9 have basal dorsal black wedge-shaped spots, it breeds in weedy lakes. The male is seen patrolling over water, perches; when perched, they prefer to hang vertically on twigs inside dense shrubbery. List of odonates of Sri Lanka List of odonates of India List of odonata of Kerala croceus.html World Dragonflies Animal diversity web Query Results