That and his thing with Jean Marais

Expatica has a profile of Jean Cocteau on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of his death, and goes straight for the gossip (as do I, it’s Friday):

Over a furious 50 year period he was introduced to society by Marcel Proust, created ballets with Sergey Diaghilev, drew with Pablo Picasso, versified with Guillaume Appollinaire and Paul Eluard, published the music of Igor Stravinsky and Eric Satie, and sparred with Tristan Tzara and the Dada-ists.

The Centre Pompidou has a Cocteau exhibit at the moment (hint, hint, Mademoiselle La Muselivre.) Links: Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast, Orpheus, and his books. Link via Moby.

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