- NAME: Jean Cocteau
- OCCUPATION: Actor, Artist, Director, Author, Playwright, Poet
- BIRTH DATE: July 05, 1889
- DEATH DATE: October 11, 1963
- Did You Know?: Writer Jean Cocteau directed a film adaptation of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast in 1946.
- EDUCATION: Lycée Condorcet, Paris
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Maisons-Laffitte (near Paris), France
- PLACE OF DEATH: Milly-la-Forêt (near Paris), France
- Full Name: Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau
- AKA: Jean Cocteau
- AKA: Clément Eugène Jean Maurice Cocteau
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Writer, artist and film director Jean Cocteau was one of the most influential creative figures in the Parisian avant-garde between the two World Wars.
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Cocteau went on to write and direct several other films in the 1940s.
Cocteau returned to the subject of the solitary artist-poet in his film Orphée, a surreal adaptation of the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus starring Jean Marais. He completed his "Orpheus trilogy" in 1960 with Le Testament d'Orphée (The Testament of Orpheus), in which he played a poet much like himself.
In his late years, Cocteau was also famous just for being Cocteau: He had rightfully gained a reputation as one of the most versatile and influential creative minds of his era. In 1955, he was inducted into the Academie Française.
Cocteau died of a heart attack at the age of 74, on October 11, 1963, at his chateau in Milly-la-Forêt, France.
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