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Régine Deforges

Régine Deforges (15 August 1935 – 3 April 2014) was a French author, editor, director, and playwright. Her book was the most popular book in France in 2000 and it was known by some to be offensive and to others for its plagiarism, neither of which was proved. Deforges was born in Montmorillon, Vienne, Deforges is sometimes called the High Priestess of French erotic literature. Deforges was the first woman to own and operate a publishing house in France. Over the years, she has been censored, prosecuted, and heavily fined for publishing "offensive" literature, beginning with Louis Aragon: Irene's Cunt. One of her novels, La Bicyclette bleue (The Blue Bicycle), published in 1981, was France's biggest bestseller. In 2000, it was made into a television series. A story of love, obsession, and survival set during the turmoil of World War II, it developed into a successful series of seven books. La Bicyclette bleue (The Blue Bicycle) would go on to cause a major international intellectual property court case. In the initial ruling, Deforges was found guilty of plagiarizing Margaret Mitchell's famous novel Gone with the Wind. Deforges freely admitted that the first 70 pages were inspired by Mitchell's novel but the whole book was 1200 pages long. She won her case on appeal, and the ruling ordering her to pay damages was reversed. She was formerly president of the Société des Gens de Lettres de France and a member of the Prix Femina jury. She lived in Paris. Deforges transformed her home town into a "City of Writing". It has had museums and bookshops with that theme since 2000. The idea that Montmorillon should be a Book town came from Deforges who was then a local councillor. The town had a history of paper-making and her idea received both local and international support. The old medieval quarter of the town attracted six million euros of funding and now brands itself as a book town. Source: Article "Régine Deforges" from Wikipedia in english, licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0.

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Aug 15, 1935 In Montmorillon, Vienne, France
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Papa, the Lil' Boats 1971-04-22
Latest Project:
Series Vivement dimanche 1998-09-20
Known For
Poster of Vivement dimanche
Poster of Nulle Part Ailleurs
Poster of The Lady Banker
Poster of Papa, the Lil' Boats
Series Vivement dimanche Self 1998-09-20
Series Nulle Part Ailleurs Self 1987-08-31
Movie The Lady Banker American 1980-08-27
Movie Papa, the Lil' Boats Lady at the Phone Booth 1971-04-22