Monday, January 3, 2011

2011 Muse

I love it when wild ladies who do things all backwards get mad love.

Colette, stage name of Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, a bisexual novelist and actress in the 1920s who caused a riot at the Moulin Rouge for a same-sex kiss onstage. She married three times and had several exotic affairs (one with her stepson).

A controversial figure throughout her life, Colette flaunted her lesbian affairs, hid her Jewish husband in her attic all through the Nazi-occupaiton of France, was a member of the Belgian Royal Academy, president of the Académie Goncourt (and the first woman to be admitted into it), and a Chevalier and a Grand Officier (1953) of the Légion d’honneur.

When she died in Paris on 3 August 1954, she was the first women given a state funeral in France.