Jean Cocteau

Poet, writer, filmmaker and painter Jean Cocteau

Profession: Poet, writer, filmmaker and painter


Biography: Jean Cocteau had a wide-ranging career as an avant garde poet, critic, filmmaker, librettist and painter. He is associated with the early twentieth century movements of Dada and Surrealism. He is most remembered for his play "Orphée" (1926) and the novels "Les Enfants terribles" (1929) and "La Machine infernale" (1934).

Born: July 5, 1889
Birthplace: Maisons-Laffitte, France

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: October 11, 1963 (aged 74)

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Quotes by Jean Cocteau

  • "There are truths which one can say only after having won the right to say them."