Profession: Novelist and Performer
Why Famous: Best known for her novel Gigi, upon which Lerner and Loewe based the stage and film musical comedies of the same title. She is directly credited with the discovery of a young, unknown Audrey Hepburn, whom the elder chose on sight to play the eponymous Broadway lead in Gigi.
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.
Upon her death in Paris in 1954, she left 50 published novels in total, many with autobiographical elements. Her themes can be roughly divided into idyllic natural tales or dark struggles in relationships and love. All her novels were marked by clever observation and dialogue with an intimate, explicit style.
- 1912-12-19 Author Colette (39) weds "Le Matin" newspaper editor Henri de Jouvenel
- 1958-05-15 "Gigi" based on the story by Colette, directed by Vincent Minnelli and starring Leslie Caron and Maurice Chevalier premieres in New York (Best Picture 1959)