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Jean Maurice Eugène Cocteau (Cocteau-Jean)

Born: 1889 AD
Died: 1963 AD, at 74 years of age.

Nationality: French
Categories: Actors, Novelists, Painters, Poets


1889 - Born on the 5th of July in  Maisons-Laffitte, near Paris, France.

1918 - He met the 15-year-old poet Raymond Radiguet. The two collaborated extensively, socialized, and undertook many journeys and vacations together.

1920 - He experimented audaciously in almost every artistic medium, becoming a leader of the French avant-garde.

1929 - His first great success was the novel Les Enfants Terribles.

         - His best known for Les enfants terribles, the play Les parents terribles, and the 1946 film, Beauty and the Beast.

1940 -  Le Bel Indifférent, Cocteau's play written for and starring Édith Piaf, was enormously successful.

         - He also worked with Picasso on several projects and was friends with most of the European art community.

1963 - Died of a heart attack at his chateau in Milly-la-Foret, France, on the 11th of October, at the age of 74, only hours after hearing of the death of his friend, the French singer Édith Piaf. He is buried in the garden of his home in Milly La Foret, Essonne, France.



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