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
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
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