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Overview (3)

Born in Saumur, Maine-et-Loire, France
Died in Paris, France
Birth NameGabrielle Bonheur Chanel

Mini Bio (1)

Coco Chanel was born on August 19, 1883 in Saumur, Maine-et-Loire, France as Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel. She was a costume designer and actress, known for The Rules of the Game (1939), Tonight or Never (1931) and The Blood of a Poet (1932). She died on January 10, 1971 in Paris, France.

Trivia (16)

Was played by Katharine Hepburn in the 1970 Alan Jay Lerner/ André Previn Broadway musical Coco.
Declared that Katharine Hepburn (at 60) was "too old" to play her in the Broadway musical Coco.
Loved camellias.
Her perfume, Chanel No. 5, is the first perfume to be a blend of many floral scents, rather than smelling like a single type of flower.
Took on the nickname Coco after her 1905 performance of the song, "Qui qu'a vu Coco dans le Trocadero" for a crowd of uniformed admirers at La Rotande, a music hall in a small, provincial town.
Learned to sew while attending a convent school.
She sprayed all of her atelier fitting rooms with Chanel No. 5.
Popularized the sun-tanned look in the 1920s after appearing on her vacation yacht with a sun tan. Prior to that, porcelain white skin was popular, because it was believed that only people of lower class worked in the sun and were therefore tan.
Worked for Sergei Diaghilev in 1924-1928 as costume designer for his "Russian Seasons" in collaboration with Pablo Picasso.
Her mother died of tuberculosis.
After their mother's death, Coco and her sister went to live at a local orphanage. Eventually the girls were claimed by their aunts.
[1933] Engaged to Paul Iribe.
She was the second daughter of Henri-Albert Chanel and Eugénie Jeanne Dévolles. She was born out of wedlock until her parents married on November 17, 1884. In marrying Jeanne, Albert legalized his paternity, and Coco and her sister Julia's names were recorded in the "livret de famille," the handbook issued to every couple for registration of births and deaths.
Her older sister Julia was born on September 11, 1882.
Her birth certificate is misleading - her father's surname and hers were misspelt due to a clerical error as "Chasnel". Her father's surname on his own birth certificate had also been misspelt as "Charnet". The mistake on his birth certificate was not corrected in official records until 1878 when a court decree stated that Charnet be replaced on the certificate by Chanel, which is the true name.
She retired in 1938 and made a successful comeback in 1954.

Personal Quotes (3)

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.
When I realized that my business had a life, my life, and a face, my face, a voice, my own, and when I realized my work loved me, obeyed me and responded to me, I gave myself over to it completely and I have had since no greater love.
Dior? He doesn't dress women, he upholsters them.

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