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Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (French: [kɔ.lɛt]; 28 January 1873 – 3 August 1954), known simply 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 3,487,257 page views. Her biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). Colette is the 208th most popular writer (up from 218th in 2019), the 246th most popular biography from France (up from 252nd in 2019) and the 38th 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 208 out of 5,755Before her are Taras Shevchenko, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Stéphane Mallarmé, Friedrich Hölderlin, Henryk Sienkiewicz, and Chinghiz Aitmatov. After her are Wisława Szymborska, Ferdowsi, Pierre Corneille, Pearl S. Buck, Adam Mickiewicz, and Arthur C. Clarke.

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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, Alexis Carrel, Jules Rimet, Johannes V. Jensen, Thomas Andrews, Luigi Lucheni, Henri Barbusse, and Alfred Jarry. Among people deceased in 1954, Colette ranks 6Before her are Frida Kahlo, Alan Turing, Henri Matisse, Enrico Fermi, and Heinz Guderian. After her are Robert Capa, Paul Ludwig Ewald von Kleist, Princess Märtha of Sweden, André Derain, Getúlio Vargas, and Alcide De Gasperi.

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In France

Among people born in France, Colette ranks 246 out of 6,011Before her are Pope Clement IV (1190), Zinedine Zidane (1972), Jean Marais (1913), Margaret of Valois (1553), Oscar I of Sweden (1799), and Stéphane Mallarmé (1842). After her are Serge Gainsbourg (1928), Philip the Good (1396), Charles Gounod (1818), Pierre Corneille (1606), Charles de Batz de Castelmore d'Artagnan (1611), and Charles I of Anjou (1226).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Colette ranks 38Before her are Charles Baudelaire (1821), André Breton (1896), Jean Racine (1639), Petronius (27), François-René de Chateaubriand (1768), and Stéphane Mallarmé (1842). After her are Pierre Corneille (1606), Maurice Leblanc (1864), Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894), François de La Rochefoucauld (1613), Germaine de Staël (1766), and Frédéric Mistral (1830).