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French novelist who scandalized and enthralled the public. She is best known for writing Gigi, a work that was later adapted into stage and film musical comedies of the same title.
She was born Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette and was the daughter of a military officer. In 1893, she married Henry Gauthier-Villars; after leaving him, she had several affairs with both men and women. She married her second husband, Henri de Jouvenel, in 1912, and the couple had a daughter prior to their 1924 divorce (which was the result of Colette’s affair with her stepson, Bertrand de Jouvenel).
“I must confess I love female writers: Jane Austen, Isak Dinesen, Colette, Willa Cather, Dawn Powell, Joan Didion. I grew up on the Bronte sisters, and Daphne du Maurier.” (Anjelica Huston)
“My first film, ‘Like Minds,’ was with Toni Colette, who was extraordinary. I mean it was basically a mini-masterclass for acting on film at a time when all you could probably see were my eyebrows bouncing up and down on screen.” (Eddie Redmayne)
“On this narrow planet, we have only the choice between two unknown worlds. One of them tempts us – ah! what a dream, to live in that! – the other stifles us at the first breath.” (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)
“Sit down and put down everything that comes into your head and then you’re a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff’s worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.” (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)
“There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall.” (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)