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Colette (I) (1873–1954)

Colette was born on January 28, 1873 in Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye, Yonne, France as Sidonie Gabrielle Colette. She was a writer and actress, known for Gigi (1958), Chéri (2009) and Journey to Italy (1954). She was married to Maurice Goudeket, Henri de Jouvenel des Ursins and Willy. She died on August 3, 1954 in Paris, France. See full bio »


(age 81) in Paris, France

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Chéri Writer
Journey to Italy
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 2009 Chéri (novels "Chéri" and "The Last of Chéri")
 2006 Mademoiselle Gigi (TV Movie) (novel)
 2004 L'enfant et les sortilèges (libretto)
 1999 Camaradagem (TV Movie) (play)
 1994 L'enfant et les sortilèges (TV Movie) (libretto)
 1990 Le blé en herbe (TV Movie) (novel)
 1990 Duo (TV Movie) (novel)
 1990 La seconde (TV Movie) (novel)
 1990 Julie de Carneilhan (TV Movie) (novel)
 1988 Chéri (TV Movie) (play)
 1987 Gigi (TV Movie) (play)
 1984 Emmenez-moi au théâtre: Chéri (TV Movie) (novel) / (play)
 1980 La naissance du jour (TV Movie) (novel)
  Claudine (TV Series) (novel - 2 episodes, 1978) (story - 1 episode, 1978) (novel "Claudine à l'école" - 1 episode, 1978)
- Claudine s'en va (1978) ... (story)
- Claudine en ménage (1978) ... (novel)
- Claudine à Paris (1978) ... (novel)
- Claudine à l'école (1978) ... (novel "Claudine à l'école")
 1974 Le ciel de lit (TV Movie) (adaptation)
 1973 La seconde (TV Movie) (novel)
 1973 Cheri (TV Series) (5 episodes)
- Episode #1.5 (1973)
- Episode #1.4 (1973)
- Episode #1.3 (1973)
- Episode #1.2 (1973)
- Episode #1.1 (1973)
 1973 Away from It All (TV Series) (novel "Le blé en herbe" - 1 episode)
- The Ripening Seed (1973) ... (novel "Le blé en herbe")
 1972 Plain-chant (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1969 Hora once (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Compañerismos (1969)
 1962 The Red Carnations (novel "Gigi" - uncredited)
 1962 Chéri (TV Movie) (play)
 1958 Gigi (based on the novella by)
 1958 Matinee Theatre (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- The Vagabond (1958) ... (story)
 1955 The Fourposter (TV Movie) (adaptation)
 1954 Journey to Italy (novel "Duo")
 1954 The Game of Love (novel 'Le blé en herbe', 1923)
 1952 The Seven Deadly Sins (short story "La chatte" - segment "Envy")
 1951 Colette (Documentary short) (commentary)
 1950 Chéri (novel and dialogue)
 1950 Minne (novel)
 1950 Julie de Carneilhan (novel)
 1949 Gigi (novel - as Colette de l'Académie Goncourt)
 1937 Claudine à l'école (novel)
 1935 Divine (scenario and dialogue)
 1934 Ladies Lake (dialogue)
 1932 La vagabonde (dialogue) / (novel: La vagabonde)
 1931 Mädchen in Uniform (dialogue - uncredited)
 1918 La vagabonda (novel)
 1917 Claudine à l'école (novel "Claudine à l'école")
 1917 Claudine à Paris (novel "Claudine s'en va")
 1917 Claudine en ménage (novel "Claudine en ménage")
 1917 Claudine s'en va (novel "Claudine s'en va")
 1913 Claudine (writer)
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Other Works:

Her play, "Gigi," was performed at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts with Cathy O'Donnell in the cast. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

Colette de l'Académie Goncourt

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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. See more »


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). See more »

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