French actress Gabrielle Reju, known as Rejane, was born in Paris in 1856. She achieved her first great success in 1883 in Meilhac's Ma Camarade. Guest performances in London and New York followed. Rejane's most famous role was Catherine in Sardou's Madame Sans-Gene. In 1905 she opened the Theatre Rejane in Paris, and retired from the stage in 1915. Rejane died in Paris in 1920.
Francois Baudot, editorial consultant of Elle, author, art and literary critic, lives and works in Paris. She is the author of many books and monographs on Coco Chanel, Yohji Yamamoto, Paul Poiret, Diego Jiacometti, Jean-Michel Frank among others.