Chanel : Her Life, Her World, and the Woman Behind the Legend - Edmonde Charles-Roux


Her Life, Her World, and the Woman Behind the Legend

By: Edmonde Charles-Roux, Nancy Amphoux (Transcribed by)


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This true story of the magnificent Coco Chanel is the inspiration for a major new film starring Audrey Tautou - opening at Australian cinemas 25 June 2009.

She revolutionised how women looked. She banned corsets, shortened skirts and scented the world with Chanel No.5. Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel was an icon. Yet her real story only came to light when Vogue editor Edmonde Charles-Roux, intrigued by Chanel’s carefully moulded image, decided to pursue the true history of this enigmatic icon.

About the Author

Edmonde Charles-Roux served as a nurse and a Resistance worker in World War II, before beginning a career as a journalist writing for Elle and Paris Match. For twelve years she was Editor-in-Chief of the French edition of Vogue. She has written another biography, Don Juan of Austria, and two novels, Elle, Adrienne and To Forget Palermo, which won the Prix Goncourt. Nancy Amphoux is the translator of many major biographies, including those of Tolstoy, Turgenev and Pushkin.

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