Colette, who had never felt a vocation, gradually became aware that she was a writer. She decided to perform in the open. In 1906, she left the marital home. Driven by necessity as much as passion, she embarked on music hall. She met with an immense success where scandals sometimes have their share. Because she refused to wear the traditional flesh-colored jersey that must give the illusion of nudity.
Mime, writer, she was also a reporter. She covered boxing matches, stages of the Tour de France, balloon flights… On 19 December 1912, she married Baron Henry de Jouvenel, a brilliant journalist with a promising political future.
On July 3, 1913, she gave birth to her only child, a daughter named Colette. During the war, she continued to write, not novels but articles, as waell as a hundred reports on life in the back.
She published her most famous books in the 1920s: Chéri, La Maison de Claudine, Le Blé en herbe, Sido. In 1925, she met her last companion, Maurice Goudeket. In 1932, she opened a beauty store and made-up her own by appointment. Unfortunate attempts that will discourage volunteers. After a year, she had to close her shop.
In 1939, she suffered from arthritis of the hip which gradually condemned her to immobility. She wrote shor stories, observation books, evocations of the past, and she remained the woman of all the first times until her last breath : first woman president of Goncourt Academy, first woman to receive the medal of Grand officier de la Légion d’honneur. And last but not least, the first woman to receive a national funeral.