1873 - 1954

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Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (French: [kɔ.lɛt]; 28 January 1873 – 3 August 1954), known mononymously as Colette, was a French author and woman of letters. She was also a mime, actress, and journalist. Colette is best known in the English-speaking world for her 1944 novella Gigi, which was the basis for the 1958 film and the 1973 stage production of the same name. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Colette has received more than 3,100,265 page views. Her biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Colette is the 218th most popular writer (down from 199th in 2019), the 252nd most popular biography from France (down from 225th in 2019) and the 41st most popular French Writer.

Colette is most famous for her novel "Claudine's Education" which was published in 1900.

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Among writers, Colette ranks 218 out of 5,794Before her are François de La Rochefoucauld, C. S. Lewis, Bram Stoker, Doris Lessing, Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, and Mary Wollstonecraft. After her are Walt Whitman, Pierre Corneille, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Orhan Pamuk, Johanna Spyri, and Halldór Laxness.

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Among people born in 1873, Colette ranks 4Before her are Sergei Rachmaninoff, Thérèse of Lisieux, and Enrico Caruso. After her are Konstantin von Neurath, Jules Rimet, Alexis Carrel, Thomas Andrews, Johannes V. Jensen, Henri Barbusse, Karl Schwarzschild, and Alfred Jarry. Among people deceased in 1954, Colette ranks 7Before her are Frida Kahlo, Alan Turing, Henri Matisse, Heinz Guderian, Enrico Fermi, and Robert Capa. After her are Paul Ludwig Ewald von Kleist, Princess Märtha of Sweden, André Derain, Machine Gun Kelly, Andrey Vyshinsky, and Wilhelm Furtwängler.

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In France

Among people born in France, Colette ranks 252 out of 5,234Before her are François de La Rochefoucauld (1613), Charlotte Corday (1768), Paul Signac (1863), Zinedine Zidane (1972), Georges de La Tour (1593), and Philip the Good (1396). After her are Charles Gounod (1818), Pierre Corneille (1606), Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894), Louis VI of France (1081), Camille Claudel (1864), and Albert Uderzo (1927).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Colette ranks 41Before her are Cyrano de Bergerac (1619), Jean Racine (1639), François-René de Chateaubriand (1768), Stéphane Mallarmé (1842), Henri Charrière (1906), and François de La Rochefoucauld (1613). After her are Pierre Corneille (1606), Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894), W. Somerset Maugham (1874), Guillaume de Machaut (1300), Prosper Mérimée (1803), and Alphonse Daudet (1840).