Jean Cocteau

(1889–1963)

Jean Cocteau

Anecdote 1...

Cocteau was once asked if he believed in luck. “Of course,” he replied. “How else do you explain the success of those you don’t like?”

Anecdote 2...

Someone asked Cocteau what he would take if his house were on fire and he could remove only one thing, “I would take the fire,” replied Cocteau.

Anecdote 3...

When the subject of heaven and hell was broached in conversation one day, Cocteau politely declined to offer any opinion. “Excuse me for not answering,” he said. “I have friends in both places.”

Biographical Note: 

Cocteau was a French writer, artist, and occasional film director. He worked with Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, writing sketches such as Parade (1917), and during World War I also became acquainted with many leading artists. He wrote poetry, plays, and a number of novels, notably Les Enfants Terribles (1929), which later he turned into a film (1950).