Actress, journalist and author of more than 50 novels, including Gigi, Colette was nominated for the Nobel Prize. An uninhibited lover of men, women, and even her teen stepson, Colette's absolute sense of freedom to make up her own rules both shocked and delighted turn-of-the-century Paris. She would not have understood the concept of the glass ceiling.
My most beautiful of all little blue grey mouse catching, pearly bottomed, creamy-thighed, soft-waisted mewing rat-pursuers!
Letter from Peter Pears to Benjamin Britten, 1941