Colette was born Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, but she always wrote under the name "Colette."
The date of her birth was January 28, 1873.
Colette was a French writer, who is perhaps best known for Gigi (1944), which was adapted to the stage and big screen. Other works include: The Vagabond (1910), Music-Hall Sidelights (1913), and The Last of Cheri (1926). Here are a few quotes from Colette, including this one: "It's so curious: one can resist tears and 'behave' very well in the hardest hours of grief. But then someone makes you a friendly sign behind a window, or one notices that a flower that was in bud only yesterday has suddenly blossomed, or a letter slips from a drawer... and everything collapses."
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