Marin-Catherine, Colette

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Marin-Catherine, Colette Gender: F
Colette Jeanne Yvonne Catherine
born on 25 April 1929 at 18:00 (= 6:00 PM )
Place Bretteville-l'Orgueilleuse, France, 49n1243, 0w3045
Timezone GST h1e (is daylight saving time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: de Jabrun
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 04°59' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 25°20 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 12°50'

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Colette Marin-Catherine ("Colette" film poster)


French resistance fighter known as the subject of the 2020 film Colette which won the Oscar for best documentary short at the 93rd Academy Awards on 25 April 2021, her 92nd birthday.

She joined the Resistance in the summer of 1944 where she was a reconnaissance agent and then a nurse after the Normandy landings. Her brother, Jean-Pierre Catherine, also a resistant, was arrested in 1943 and died in the Dora concentration camp in 1945.

After the war, she became a seamstress, a manager of hotels, and pursued memorial work. Since the 2010s, Colette Marin-Catherine regularly gave lectures at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana in the United States, or in Caen, France at the Memorial and Café Mancel, and she received Americans on each anniversary of disembarkation.

Colette Marin-Catherine took care of her mother until her death. She was by then 40 years old and never married again.

The film Colette follows 90-year-old Marin-Catherine as she travels to Germany for the first time in 74 years to visit the concentration camp where her brother Jean-Pierre died. It was produced by French Alice Doyard and directed by American Anthony Giacchino in 2020.

Link to Wikipedia biography (French)


  • Death of Sibling 22 March 1945 (Her brother, Jean-Pierre, age 19)
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  • Social : Great Publicity 16 February 2020 (Release of the film "Colette")
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  • Social : Great Publicity 25 April 2021 (The film "Colette" wins Oscar)
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Source Notes

From her in an interview, "RENCONTRE. Normandie : Colette Marin-Catherine, héroïne malgré elle jusqu’à la cérémonie des Oscars", by Marie-Eve Nadaud, Ouest-France, 3 April 2021 [1]:

« Je ne veux pas être considérée comme une héroïne, ça me hérisse ! » C’est avec beaucoup d’humilité et un certain franc-parler que Colette Marin-Catherine relate son parcours de vie. Et l’ancienne résistante ne manque pas d’humour. « Je suis née le 25 avril 1929, à Bretteville-l’Orgueilleuse (Calvados). Une année devenue célèbre grâce au krach financier mondial et à ma naissance. »

Abridged translation: "I was born on 25 April 1929 in Bretteville-l'Orgueilleuse (Calvados). The year I was born became famous thanks to the global financial crash."


  • Family : Childhood : Family traumatic event (Death of brother in concentration camp)
  • Vocation : Business : Middle Management (Hotels)
  • Vocation : Law : Spy/ Counter agent (WWII resistant)
  • Vocation : Medical : Nurse/ Nurse's Aids
  • Vocation : Military : Pacifist/ Objector (WWII resistant)
  • Vocation : Misc. : Tailor/Seamstress
  • Notable : Famous : Other Famous (Subject of Oscar-winning film)