Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (French: [kɔ.lɛt]; 28 January 1873 – 3 August 1954), known mononymously as Colette, was a French author and woman of letters. She was also known as a mime, actress, and journalist. Colette is best remembered for her 1944 novella Gigi, which was the basis for the 1958 film and the 1973 stage production of the same name.

Colette and Willy.
Charles Gerschel (1871-1948), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

In 1893, Colette married Henry Gauthier-Villars (1859 – 1931), a well-known author and publisher who used the pen name “Willy”,[3] and her first four novels – the four Claudine stories:Claudine à l’école (1900), Claudine à Paris (1901), Claudine en ménage (1902), and Claudine s’en va (1903) – appeared under his name. (The four are published in English as Claudine at SchoolClaudine in ParisClaudine Married, and Claudine and Annie). The novels chart the coming of age and young adulthood of their titular heroine, Claudine, from an unconventional fifteen-year-old in a Burgundian village to a doyenne of the literary salons of turn-of-the-century Paris. The story they tell is semi-autobiographical, although Claudine, unlike Colette, is motherless.[4][5]

“Colette.” Wikipedia, Accessed 27 Sept. 2021.

Claudine à l’école. Front cover of 1st edition. Published in Paris by Société d’Éditions Littéraires & Artistiques.
By Emilio Della Sudda (1867-1924),
Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The Musée Colette:


Le musée Colette est ouvert jusqu’au 31 octobre, tous les jours sauf le mardi, de 10h à 18h sans interruption. Une nouvelle exposition temporaire est visible à partir du 21 juin au premier étage du château !

Colette in Rêve d’Égypte. 1907.
Léopold-Émile Reutlinger, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

“On 3 January 1907 Colette and Mathilde de Morny put on a pantomime entitled Rêve d’Égypte (‘Dream of Egypt’) at the Moulin Rouge, in which Morny caused a scandal by playing an Egyptologist during a love scene with a woman – a kiss between them almost caused a riot and the production was stopped by the prefect of police Louis Lépine. From then on they could no longer live together openly, though the relationship lasted until 1912.”

“Mathilde de Morny.” Wikipedia, Accessed 27 Sept. 2021.

Colette and Mathilde de Morny
Unknown author, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Image of Colette. Circa 1912.
By Henri Manuel, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The 2018 film Colette brilliantly starred Keira Knightly:

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