For Paulette Goddard, the cinema was but a steppingstone on her climb up the social ladder after a difficult childhood. After gaining some success with
and Paramount, Paulette became one of the most popular and adulated stars of the 1940’s – husbands, lovers, and famous friends then came tumbling into her life.
Having wisely abandoned the cinema at the end of the 60’s, she still continued to lead a dazzling social life, above all in New York, before retiring indefinitely to her Swiss villa (the Casa Monte Tabor) during the last years of her life. As someone known to be an intellectual, a knowledgeable collector, and a woman inclined to follow her head more so than her heart, she wisely managed a considerable fortune which was bequeathed upon her death to New York University.