(1889 - 1963)
Jean Maurice Eugene Cocteau was active/lived in France, Belgium. Jean Cocteau is known for 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 adopted Dermit and cast Marais
in one of his plays, Beauty and the Beast. He was open about his homosexuality and did much writing to counter homophobia.
His writing and art expression was surreal, and he became an ongoing
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