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Date of Birth 28 January 1873Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye, Yonne, France
Date of Death 3 August 1954Paris, France
Birth NameSidonie Gabrielle Colette

Mini Bio (1)

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.

Spouse (3)

Maurice Goudeket (1935 - 3 August 1954) (her death)
Henri de Jouvenel des Ursins (19 December 1912 - 1925) (1 child)
Willy (15 May 1893 - 1910) (divorced)

Trivia (4)

Had a trapeze installed in her home gymnasium as her preferred way to stay in shape.
One daughter: Colette Renée de Jouvenel des Ursins, born July 3 1913, died 1981.
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").
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).

Personal Quotes (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.
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.
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.
On growth: It is the fight itself that keeps you young.
On experience: One keeps forgetting old age up to the very brink of the grave.
On spirit: How beautiful what one does not understand can be!
What a wonderful life I've had! I only wish I'd realized it sooner.
You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.

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