Coco Chanel

Fashion Designer

Birthday August 19, 1883

Birth Sign Leo

Birthplace Saumur, France

DEATH DATE Jan 10, 1971 (87)

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French fashion designer who became imortalized for her suits, perfumes, and handbags. Her bestselling perfume Chanel No. 5 became an iconic scent as well as her handbag with the infamous interlocked-CC monogram.

Before Fame

As an orphaned child, she taught herself how to sew and found her first job as a seamstress.


Before going into fashion, she tried to be a singer.

Family Life

At 23, she fell for a dashing French ex-cavalry officer, Etienne Balsan, and became his main mistress.

Associated With

Greta Garbo was one of her many famous clients.