French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, boxing manager and filmmaker

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Born 5 Jul 1889 in Maisons-Laffitte
Died 11 Oct 1963 in Milly-la-Forêt
Age74 years, 3 months
Causemyocardial infarction
Jean Cocteau
Jean Cocteau
Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, playwright, artist and filmmaker. Picture taken in 1923: glass negative, restored and cropped print.

About Jean Cocteau

Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau (French: [ʒɑ̃ kɔkto]; 5 July 1889 – 11 October 1963) was a French writer, designer, playwright, artist and filmmaker. Cocteau is best known for his novel Les Enfants Terribles (1929), and the films The Blood of a Poet (1930), Les Parents Terribles (1948), Beauty and the Beast (1946) and Orpheus (1949). His circle of associates, friends and lovers included Kenneth Anger, Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Stein, Jean Hugo, Jean Marais, Henri Bernstein, Yul Brynner, Marlene Dietrich, Coco Chanel, Erik Satie, Albert Gleizes, Igor Stravinsky, Marie Laurencin, María Félix, Édith Piaf, Panama Al Brown, Colette, Jean Genet, and Raymond Radiguet.

He is also known as Clément Eugène Jean Maurice Cocteau, ז׳אן קוקטו, Zhan Kokto, Eugène Jean Maurice Cocteau and Eugene Jean Maurice Cocteau.


Cocteau died of a heart attack at his chateau in Milly-la-Forêt, Essonne, France, on 11 October 1963 at the age of 74. His friend, French singer Édith Piaf, died the day before but that was announced on the morning of Cocteau's day of death; it has been said that his heart failed upon hearing of Piaf's death. According to his wishes Cocteau is buried beneath the floor of the Chapelle Saint-Blaise des Simples in Milly-la-Forêt. The epitaph on his gravestone set in the floor of the chapel reads: "I stay with you" ("Je reste avec vous").


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