What a wonderful life I've had! I only wish I'd realized it sooner. - Sidonie Gabrielle Colette. 1873-1954. Colette (French) or Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, was a French novelist nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. Her best known work, the novella Gigi (1944), was the basis for the film and Lerner and Loewe stage production of the same name. She was also a mime, an actress and a journalist.