French Female Writers

Throughout history, there have been many French women writers who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great French female writers such as Simone de Beauvoir, George Sand, Marjane Satrapi, Christine de Pizan, Sophie Marceau.

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 1 Colette

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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: January 28, 1873
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye, France
Died: August 3, 1954

Colette was a French author who received a nomination for the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. She is remembered for her novella Gigi, which inspired the 1958 movie and the 1973 musical of the same name. Her life and work have inspired several films, including the 2018 biographical drama film Colette, where Keira Knightley played the title role.

 2 George Sand

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Birthdate: July 1, 1804
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: June 8, 1876
Nineteenth-century French author Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, better known as George Sand, became a leading figure of the Romantic era of Europe. She is best remembered for works such as La Petite Fadette and had numerous affairs, the most notable of them being the one with composer Frédéric Chopin.
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 3 Olympe de Gouges

Olympe de Gouges.
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: May 7, 1748
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montauban, France
Died: November 3, 1793

Olympe de Gouges was an 18th-century French playwright and political activist. Her writings on women's rights and abolitionism were popular in various countries. She was an outspoken advocate against the slave trade in the French colonies. She demanded that French women be given the same rights as French men. She was executed during the Reign of Terror.

 4 Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir.
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 9, 1908
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris
Died: April 14, 1986
French author and existentialist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir is best remembered for her feminist treatise The Second Sex and her novels The Mandarins and She Came to Stay. Her literary contributions also include essays, biographies, and her autobiographical works. She won the Prix Goncourt and the Jerusalem Prize.

 5 Mylène Farmer

Mylène Farmer.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Writer, Singer, Actor, Musician, Children's writer, Poet
Birthdate: September 12, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pierrefonds, Quebec

French-Canadian singer Mylène Farmer is best known for her hits such as Libertine and Les Mots, and for her collaborative acts with Laurent Boutonnat. Born Mylene Jeanne Gautier, she later changed her name to Mylene Farmer in honor of Hollywood star Frances Farmer, who was her idol.

 6 Marguerite Duras

Marguerite Duras
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Famous As: Writer, Film director, Screenwriter, Publisher, Novelist, Playwright, Autobiographer, Journalist, Poet lawyer, Feminist
Birthdate: April 4, 1914
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ho Chi Minh City
Died: March 3, 1996

 7 Yasmina Reza

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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: May 1, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France
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 8 Savitri Devi

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Famous As: Writer, Poet
Birthdate: September 30, 1905
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Died: October 22, 1982

Born in Lyon, Frenchwoman Maximiani Julia Portas later changed her name to Savitri Devi and adopted Nazism. The ardent cat lover earned a PhD in philosophy and later acquired Greek nationality and served as an Axis spy. She claimed Adolf Hitler was an avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu.

 9 Julia Kristeva

Julia Kristeva
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: June 24, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sliven, Bulgaria

 10 Christine de Pizan

Christine de Pizan.
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Famous As: Poet & Author
Birthdate: 1364 AD
Birthplace: Republic of Venice
Died: 1430 AD
Christine de Pizan took up writing at 25, primarily to support her three children following her husband’s death. Starting with ballads, she later narrated the heroics of women in masterpieces such as The Book of the City of Ladies. She was also a court poet of French king Charles VI.

 11 Anna Karina

Anna Karina
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 22, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Solbjerg, Denmark
Died: December 14, 2019

 12 Marjane Satrapi

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Famous As: Graphic Novelist
Birthdate: November 22, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rasht

Marjane Satrapi is a graphic novelist, illustrator, cartoonist, children's book author, and film director. Satrapi achieved international recognition in the early-2000s after releasing her critically acclaimed graphic novels. She is best known for writing and directing an animated biographical drama film titled Persepolis, which received nominations at prestigious award ceremonies, such as the Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, and Golden Globes.

 13 Germaine de Staël

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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: April 22, 1766
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 14, 1817

 14 Dora Maar

Dora Maar
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Famous As: Photographer, Artist, Painter, Poet, Choreographer, Sculptor, Model
Birthdate: November 22, 1907
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris
Died: July 16, 1997

Born to a French mother and a Croatian father, Dora Maar spent her childhood in Argentina and later studied art in Paris. The renowned surrealist artist and photographer later gained fame as Pablo Picasso’s lover and muse, and was featured in his paintings such as Weeping Woman.

 15 Héloïse

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Famous As: French nun
Birthdate: 1101 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 16, 1164

 16 Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont

Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: April 26, 1711
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rouen, France
Died: September 8, 1780

 17 Irene Nemirovsky

Irene Nemirovsky
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: February 24, 1903
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kiev, Ukraine, Russian Empire
Died: August 17, 1942

 18 Betsy Drake

Betsy Drake
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Famous As: Actor, Novelist, Writer, Screenwriter, Stage actor, Television actor, Model
Birthdate: September 11, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris
Died: October 27, 2015
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 19 Françoise Sagan

Françoise Sagan
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: June 21, 1935
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cajarc, France
Died: September 24, 2004

 20 Mireille Mathieu

Mireille Mathieu
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 22, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Avignon, France

 21 Marguerite Yourcenar

Marguerite Yourcenar
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 8, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: December 17, 1987

 22 Adah Isaacs Menken

Adah Isaacs Menken
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 15, 1835
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bordeaux, France
Died: August 10, 1868

 23 Anne Wiazemsky

Anne Wiazemsky
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Famous As: Actor, Film director, Novelist, Screenwriter, Writer
Birthdate: May 14, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Berlin

 24 Kathleen O'Meara

Kathleen O'Meara
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1839 AD
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: November 10, 1888

 25 Sophie Calle

Sophie Calle
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 9, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France

 26 Lucile Hadžihalilović

Lucile Hadžihalilović
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: May 7, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lyon, France

 27 Raffaëla Anderson

Raffaëla Anderson
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Famous As: Adult Film Star, Actor, Writer
Birthdate: January 8, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Montfermeil

 28 Marie De France

Marie De France
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Famous As: French poet
Birthdate: 1160 AD
Birthplace: France
Died: 1215 AD

 29 Céline Tran

Céline Tran
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lyon, France

 30 Simone Beck

Simone Beck
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: July 7, 1904
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Normandy, France
Died: December 20, 1991

 31 Isabelle Collin Dufresne

Isabelle Collin Dufresne
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: September 6, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: La Tronche, France
Died: June 14, 2014

 32 Virginie Despentes

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nancy, France

 33 Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France

 34 Carine Roitfeld

Carine Roitfeld
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Famous As: Fashion editor
Birthdate: September 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France

 35 Ninon de Lenclos

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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: November 10, 1620
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 17, 1705

 36 Fred Vargas

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Famous As: Writer, Archaeologist, Novelist, Historian
Birthdate: June 7, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris

 37 Élisabeth Depardieu

Élisabeth Depardieu
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 5, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France

 38 Judith Godrèche

Judith Godrèche
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 23, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France

 39 Marie Drucker

Marie Drucker
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: December 3, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France

 40 Suha Arafat

Suha Arafat
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: July 17, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel

 41 Emmanuelle Riva

Emmanuelle Riva
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Famous As: Actor, Photographer, Poet
Birthdate: February 24, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cheniménil
Died: January 27, 2017

 42 Jeanne Guyon

Jeanne Guyon
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Famous As: Mystic
Birthdate: April 13, 1648
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montargis, France
Died: June 9, 1717

 43 Moira Lister

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 6, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa
Died: October 27, 2007

 44 Catherine Breillat

Catherine Breillat
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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: July 13, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bressuire,France

 45 Margaret of Valois-Angouleme

Margaret of Valois-Angouleme
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: April 11, 1492
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Angoulême, France
Died: December 21, 1549

 46 Sylvie Testud

Sylvie Testud
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lyon, France

 47 Mijanou Bardot

Mijanou Bardot
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 5, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France

 48 Monique Wittig

Monique Wittig
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: July 13, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dannemarie, France
Died: January 3, 2003

 49 Adele Foucher

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 27, 1803
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: August 27, 1868

 50 Julie Andrieu

Julie Andrieu
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: February 27, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France