Coco Chanel Fact Sheet: Who was Coco Chanel? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Coco Chanel.
Coco Chanel Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1883 - 1971 *** Full Name: Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel *** Nickname: Coco *** Date of Birth: Coco Chanel was born on August 19th 1883 *** Place of Birth: Coco Chanel was born in Saumur, Maine-et-Loire, France *** Religion: Coco Chanel was possible raised as Catholic *** Occupation: French Fashion Designer *** Date of Death: Coco Chanel died on January 10th 1971 *** Place of Death: Coco Chanel died in Paris, France ***
Coco Chanel Fact 1: Coco Chanel was born on August 19th 1883 in Saumur, Maine-et-Loire, France and would become synonymous with fashion.
Coco Chanel Fact 2: Family: She came from a family that was into poverty. Her father was Albert Chanel who was nothing more than a street vendor who sold undergarments and work clothes and her mother was a laundrywoman, Eugenie Jeanne Devolle, who found work in a charity hospital run by the Sisters of Providence which was basically a poorhouse in Saumur. The couple eventually married but was at the behest of Jeanne’s family paying him to do so. Siblings: She grew up with an older sister, Julia, one year older than herself as well as two brothers and two further sisters.
Coco Chanel Fact 8: While working at Moulins she met the very wealthy textile heir and ex-cavalry officer, Etienne Balsan and at twenty three years old supplanted the courtesan Emilienne d’Alencon as Balsan’s latest mistress.
Coco Chanel Fact 9: They lived in the chateau Royallieu which was near Compiegne and a life of wealth and leisure was lived by Coco for the next three years.
Coco Chanel Fact 10: It was in 1908 that she started an affair with Captain Arthur Edward Capel who had been a friend of Balsan. Capel himself was also from a very wealthy English family. He arranged for Chanel to live in Paris in an apartment he paid for. He would also be the one to finance her first ventures.
Coco Chanel Fact 15: She had two family members assister her, her sister Antoinette and her aunt Adrienne, a very young aunt, the product of a liaison of her grandfather’s much later in his life. The two women paraded around the very fashionable town in Chanel’s creations.
Coco Chanel Fact 16: During 1918 she purchased a whole building in Paris and by 1927 she was the owner of five properties.
Coco Chanel Fact 17: One of Chanel’s closest friends was Misia Sert, attended convent schools and had many shared confidences and interests amongst which would become drug use.
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