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 Jean Maurice Eugene Cocteau  (1889 - 1963)

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Lived/Active: France/Belgium      Known for: theatre and jewelry designer, graphic artist, ceramist, poet

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BIOGRAPHY for Jean Cocteau
1889 (Maisons-Lafitte, France)
1963 (Milly-la-Foret, France)


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theatre and jewelry designer, graphic artist, ceramist, poet

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Born to a wealthy family in a small village, Maisons-Lafitte, near Paris, France, Jean Cocteau had a multi-faceted career as a stage designer, graphic artist, ceramist, sculptor, poet and film maker.  He also had numerous love affairs with both males and females including Romanov princess, Nathalie Paley who became pregnant with his child and who, much to his dismay, terminated the pregnancy.  Actors Jean Marais and Edouard Dermit were long-lasting relationships, and Cocteau ado (showing 500 of 10164 characters).

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