Coco Chanel
(Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel)

August 19, 1883 - January 10, 1971

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”

  • Religious views: the Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Mary
  • Home town: Saumur, France
  • Parents: Albert Chanel, Jeanne Devolle
  • Siblings: Julia Chanel, Antoinette Chanel, Alphonse Chanel, Augustin Chanel, Lucien Chanel



  1. Chanel briefly served as a nurse in World War II.
  2. She adopted the name Coco during a brief career as a cafe and concert singer 1905-1908
  3. Pierre Wertheimer became her partner in the perfume business in 1924; The Wertheimers continue to control the perfume company today.

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