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.
I will cover you with love when next I see you, with caresses, with ecstasy. I want to gorge you with all the joys of the flesh, so that you faint and die.
Gustave Flaubert to Louise Colet, 1846