Colette

1873 - 1954

Sidonie Colette (1873–1954), French literary genius, wrote over fifty novels amid a life of scandal. Her first husband took credit for her early works, but then she achieved fame as the author of such works as Chéri and Gigi. Along the way she had an affair with her sixteen-year-old stepson and caused a riot kissing her lesbian lover onstage. Her third husband was arrested by the Gestapo. She was the first woman to be given an official state funeral by France. 
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