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    (January 28, 1873-August 3, 1954)
    Birth name is Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette
    Wrote ‘Claudine at School (1900),' ‘Claudine in Paris (1901),' ‘Claudine Married (1902),' ‘Claudine and Annie (1903),' ‘The Vagabond (1910),' ‘Music Hall Sidelights (1913),' ‘Cheri (1920),' ‘My Mother's House (1922),' ‘The Last of Cheri (1926),' ‘Sido (1929),' ‘The Pure and the Impure (1932),' ‘The Cat (1933)' and ‘Gigi (1945)'
    Her doting mother openly preferred her to her other children.
    She disliked suffragettes and believed they needed ‘the whip and the harem.'
    When she was in her forties, she told her teenaged stepson it was time he became a man and seduced him.
    She may have collaborated with the Vichy regime during World War Two.
    Her daughter claimed that she was a cold, negligent mother.
    She was one of the first modern writers to address sexuality from a woman's perspective.
    Her abusive first husband Henri Gauthier-Villars forced her to write her first book (for which he stole all the credit) by locking her in her room.
    Her ‘Claudine' books were bestsellers and started a nationwide fad.
    After leaving Gauthier-Villars, she supported herself as a risqué music hall dancer.
    She was the first woman admitted to the Academie Goncourt.
    Her novel ‘Gigi' was made into a successful Broadway play starring Audrey Hepburn and an Oscar winning musical directed by Vincente Minnelli.

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