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French novelist who scandalized and enthralled the general public. She is most widely known for composing Gigi, a function which was later on modified into stage and film musical comedies of the same name. She learned to try out the piano during her years as a child and in addition excelled in the analysis of mathematics. Early in her profession, she released the Claudine publication series under a male pencil name and in addition performed in Parisian music halls. Her book, Gigi, centered on a girl becoming groomed to be always a courtesan. She was created Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette and was the girl of a armed forces official. In 1893, she wedded Henry Gauthier-Villars; after departing him, she got many affairs with men and women. She wedded her second spouse, Henri de Jouvenel, in 1912, as well as the few had a girl ahead of their 1924 divorce (that was the consequence of Colette’s affair with her stepson, Bertrand de Jouvenel). She and Gaston Leroux had been both prominent French writers.

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Date Of Birth January 28, 1873
Died August 3, 1954, Paris, France
Place Of Birth France
Profession Novelist
Nationality French
Siblings Callie Moore
Movies Chéri, Paris Was a Woman, Gigi, Le Blé en herbe, Journey to Italy, The Seven Deadly Sins, Lake of Ladies, Girls in Uniform, The Bewitched Child, Divine
Star Sign Aquarius

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1 French novelist and memoirist, usually preoccupied with erotic themes. Married the pornographer Willy who helped published her four "Claudine" novels (1900-1902). For a while earned money as a music hall artist. Through her second marriage, she became a leading Parisian socialite and began writing novels of great sensitivity, including "Sido" (1929) and "Gigi" (1944).
2 Loved cats, and played them in the theatre. She once played the part of a sphinx, and later a cat in the play La Chatte Amoureuse ("The Amourous Cat").
3 One daughter: Colette Renée de Jouvenel des Ursins, born July 3 1913, died 1981.
4 Had a trapeze installed in her home gymnasium as her preferred way to stay in shape.



Chéri 2009 novels "Chéri" and "The Last of Chéri"
Mademoiselle Gigi 2006 TV Movie novel
L'enfant et les sortilèges 2004 libretto
Camaradagem 1999 TV Movie play
L'enfant et les sortilèges 1994 TV Movie libretto
Le blé en herbe 1990 TV Movie novel
Duo 1990 TV Movie novel
La seconde 1990 TV Movie novel
Julie de Carneilhan 1990 TV Movie novel
Chéri 1988 TV Movie play
Gigi 1987 TV Movie play
Emmenez-moi au théâtre: Chéri 1984 TV Movie novel / play
La naissance du jour 1980 TV Movie novel
Claudine TV Series novel - 2 episodes, 1978 story - 1 episode, 1978 novel "Claudine
Le ciel de lit 1974 TV Movie adaptation
La seconde 1973 TV Movie novel
Cheri 1973 TV Series 5 episodes
Away from It All 1973 TV Series novel "Le blé en herbe" - 1 episode
Plain-chant 1972 TV Series 1 episode
Hora once 1969 TV Series 1 episode
Kirmizi karanfiller 1962 novel "Gigi" - uncredited
Chéri 1962 TV Movie play
Gigi 1958 based on the novella by
Matinee Theatre 1958 TV Series story - 1 episode
Mitsou 1956 novel
Le ciel de lit 1955 TV Movie adaptation
Journey to Italy 1954 novel "Duo"
The Game of Love 1954 novel 'Le blé en herbe', 1923
The Seven Deadly Sins 1952 short story "La chatte" - segment "Envy"
Colette 1951 Documentary short commentary
Chéri 1950 novel and dialogue
Minne 1950 novel
Julie de Carneilhan 1950 novel
Gigi 1949 novel - as Colette de l'Académie Goncourt
Claudine 1937 novel
Divine 1935 scenario and dialogue
Ladies Lake 1934 dialogue
La vagabonde 1932 dialogue / novel: La vagabonde
Mädchen in Uniform 1931 dialogue - uncredited
La vagabonda 1918 novel
Claudine 1917 novel "Claudine
Claudine 1917 novel "Claudine s'en va"
Claudine en ménage 1917 novel "Claudine en ménage"
Claudine s'en va 1917 novel "Claudine s'en va"
Claudine 1913 writer



L'enfant et les sortilèges 2004 "L'Enfant et les sortilèges 1925"



Colette 1951 Documentary short Herself / Narrator

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Cocteau Marais - Un couple mythique 2013 TV Movie documentary Herself
Paris Was a Woman 1996 Documentary Herself (with pets) (uncredited)

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1 You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.
2 What a wonderful life I've had! I only wish I'd realized it sooner.
3 On spirit: How beautiful what one does not understand can be!
4 On experience: One keeps forgetting old age up to the very brink of the grave.
5 On growth: It is the fight itself that keeps you young.
6 On mothering: To talk to a child, to fascinate him, is much more difficult than to win an electoral victory. But it is also more rewarding.
7 On solitude: There are days when solitude is a heady wine which intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison which makes you beat your head against the wall.
8 On love: Nothing leads to love. It is love who throws himself across your path. And then he either blocks it forever or, if he abandons it, leaves it in rack and ruin.

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