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Colette, possibly in the 1910s
Colette, possibly in the 1910s
Born Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette
(1873-01-28)28 January 1873
Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye, Yonne, France
Died 3 August 1954(1954-08-03) (aged 81)
Paris, France
Resting place Père Lachaise Cemetery
Pen name Colette, Colette Willy
Occupation Novelist
Nationality French
Notable works Gigi, The Tendrils of the Vine


Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette ( 28 January 1873 – 3 August 1954), known mononymously as Colette, was a French author and woman of letters. She was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948 and 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.

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