Sunday, January 8, 2012


Sarah Ban Breathnach just wrote an article on Simple Abundance online on Colette.  That famous French novelist and performer Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (28 January 1873 – 3 August 1954). She is best known for her novel Gigi, upon which Learner and Loewe  based the stage and film musical comedies  of the same title. (this with a little help from Wikipedia)

I remember being a little girl and seeing Gigi with Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier and Louis Jourdan.  I positively fell in love with Jourdan and I am still know to hum: "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" occasionally.

This movie set my imagination alight.  I would always yearn to travel to Europe and particularly to France.  It may have begun with this movie, who knows.

What I do know is that Colette was a firebrand.  She was born a century before her time, she was an eccentric, one of a kind woman who would not take no for and answer.  I had long ago started her biography by Judith Thurman and never really gotten into it.  Maybe now I am ready.

This is a woman that deserves a little attention, no, a LOT of attention.  She knew how to live the life she wanted to live and did not give a whit what was said about her.  My kind of girl!

Bonne journée,



Anonymous said...

Two lines stand out for me as I watch this trailer:
"She was raised to raise eyebrows" and
"I am glad that I am not young anymore!".

Two gems to live by! Merci,
de Lizette

labergerebasque said...

I am always in awe of a woman who dares to be her authentic self...such as Colette.

Anonymous said...

Have you read the works of Sarah Ban Breathnach?

Anonymous said...

The comment above was for labergerebasque. As I cannot comment as Stella, I go for Anonymous.