Born Jan 28, 1873
Hometown Yonne
Died Aug 3, 1954
Death Place Paris
Nationality French
Other Names Colette

Colette was the surname of the French novelist and performer Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette. She is best known for her novel Gigi, upon which Lerner and Loewe based the stage and film musical comedies of the same title.

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1873 Birth Born on January 28, 1873.


1893 20 Years Old In 1893, at age 20, she married Henry Gauthier-Villars, a famous wit known as "Willy", who was 15 years her senior. … Read More


1906 33 Years Old In 1906, she left the unfaithful Gauthier-Villars, living for a time at the home of the American writer and salonist Natalie Clifford Barney. … Read More
1912 39 Years Old In 1912, Colette married Henri de Jouvenel, the editor of the newspaper Le Matin. … Read More


1914 41 Years Old In 1914, during World War I, Colette was approached to write a ballet for the Paris Opera, which she outlined under the title "Divertissements pour ma fille". … Read More


1924 51 Years Old She divorced Henri de Jouvenel in 1924 after a much talked-about affair with her stepson, Bertrand de Jouvenel.


1935 62 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1935, Colette married Maurice Goudeket, an uncle of Juliet Goudeket alias Jetta Goudal.
1951 78 Years Old She spent her final years in a wheelchair, being cared for by Goudeket, whom she called "a saint". In 1951 she attended the premiere of a documentary about her life, and at the end she was heard saying to Goudeket, "What a beautiful life I've had".
1952 79 Years Old …  According to Miss Hepburn herself, she was garrisoned with the 1952 film production company of Monte Carlo Baby at a hotel in the south of France for brief location shooting, the relatively unglamorous assignment part of a standard contract. … Read More
1954 81 Years Old 1 More Event
During the German occupation of France during World War II, she aided her Jewish friends, including hiding her husband in her attic all through the war. When she died in Paris on 3 August 1954, she was the first woman given a state funeral in France, although she was refused Roman Catholic rites because of her divorces. … Read More
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