Gauthier-Villars, Henry

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Gauthier-Villars, Henry Gender: M
Henry Jean Albert Gauthier-Villars
born on 10 August 1859 at 14:00 (= 2:00 PM )
Place Villiers-sur-Orge, France, 48n3927, 2e18
Timezone LMT m2e18 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 17°21' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 13°33 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 27°03'

Henry Gauthier-Villars (By Giovanni Boldini, 1905)


French fin-de-siecle writer and music critic who is today mostly known by his nom-de-plume, 'Willy,' and as the mentor and first husband of novelist Colette. Other pseudonyms used by Gauthiers-Villars are: Henry Maugis, Robert Parville, l’Ex-ouvreuse du Cirque d’été, L’Ouvreuse, L’Ouvreuse du Cirque d’été, Jim Smiley, Henry Willy, Boris Zichine.

In 1889, Willy, a ladies man, met Colette, 14 years younger than he was; they married on 15 May 1893. As a writer and music critic he was an incessant and effective self-promoter, under whose directions his "slaves" wrote articles and novels. His ghostwriters may or may not have received recognition but participated because publication under the Willy name secured a high publication rate and good income.

Colette was initially handling his correspondence, but soon became involved in writing on her own starting with Claudine, her first oeuvre under the Willy label. The success led to more novels in the "Claudine" series. It is generally acknowledged that these books were written by Colette, but he had his hand in it editing and honing the manuscripts.

Colette soon learned that Willy had other affairs, and she met his mistress Charlotte Kinceler, who later became her friend. Later, Willy and Colette had an affair unbeknownst to each other with the same woman, the American socialite Georgie Raoul-Duval, née Urquhart. Upon discovery, they made it a threesome.

The marriage to Colette lasted until 1910, although in the years prior they were already separated. While Willy made a lot of money, he squandered it with ease on women and gambling and was facing bankruptcy. Willy went on to marry Marguerite Maniez, also known as Meg Villars after her marriage. He had no children from his two marriages; his son, Jacques, was the offspring from an earlier affair (with Marie-Louise Servat, the wife of caricaturist Émile Cohl).

Willy died on 12 January 1931 in Paris.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • spouse relationship with Colette (born 28 January 1873). Notes: 1893-1910
  • (has as) worker relationship with Bernard, Tristan (born 7 September 1866). Notes: One of his 'slaves'
  • (has as) worker relationship with Carco, Francis (born 5 July 1886). Notes: One of his 'slaves'
  • (has as) worker relationship with Lugné-Poe (born 27 December 1869)
  • (has as) worker relationship with Toulet, Paul-Jean (born 5 June 1867). Notes: Ghostwriter


  • Relationship : Meet a significant person 1889 (Colette)
  • Relationship : End significant relationship 1 May 1905 (Separated from Colette)
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  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1910 (Colette)
  • Relationship : Marriage 15 June 1911 (Marguerite Maniez)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield submitted birth certificate n° 7 from the online Essonne archives, image 83/125. Wikipedia has the 8th of August which is wrong.


  • Traits : Personality : Ambitious (Self-promoter)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Colette)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gambler
  • Passions : Sexuality : Extremes in quantity (Ladies man)
  • Vocation : Writers : Critic (Music)
  • Vocation : Writers : Publisher/ Editor (Editor)