Gabrielle Van Der Mal (Sister Luke) Gabrielle is more commonly known as “Sister Luke”, the troubled, struggling nun in Kathryn Hulme’s 1956 novel The Nun’s Story, based upon the true story of a friend of Hulme. It was also a very popular movie adaptation in 1959, earning its star, Audrey Hepburn, an Academy Award nomination. As a young Belgian woman, Gabrielle becomes a nun in the order of The Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary in 1927, and is sent on a missionary tour of nursing in the Belgian Congo. Her faith is sorely tested, not only by the constrictions of the convent rule, but also by her growing partisanship on behalf of Belgium during the war. Ultimately, she leaves the convent, but not the Church, in a gripping denouement.
Gabrielle - a song by Shades Apart
Gabrielle - a song by The Boys
Gabrielle (Lucy Kevin) - In a modern day spin on the famous story "Gigi" (originally told by Colette), Gabrielle LeGrande knew her grandmother was a famous courtesan in France, many decades ago. But Gabrielle never thought that legacy had anything to do with her or her destiny...until the day her grandmother tells her about the curse that goes live on her 18th birthday...a curse that has affected the women in her family - and the choices they must make - for hundreds of years. In Lucy Kevin's latest novel for teens & adults, Gabrielle, a 17 year old songwriting student at a high school for the arts, suddenly finds herself caught between a good boy, a bad boy...and an ancient curse. Recommended for ages 15+
The Purple Coat (Amy Hest) - Gabrielle desperately wants a purple coat rather than the navy blue one that her mother wants for her. They travel to her Grandfather's tailor shop for Gabby to be fitted for a coat and her Grandfather comes up with a great compromise. He creates a reversible navy and purple coat to please them both. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Gabrielle - Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel (designer); Gabrielle Reece (model/volleyball player); Gabrielle (British singer); Gabrielle Union (actress); Gabrielle Anwar (actress); Gabrielle Giffords (politician)
Famous People who Named their Daughter Gabrielle - Debby Boone (singer); Hunter Tylo (actress)
Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel (19 Aug 1883 - 10 Jan 1971) - Coco Chanel (born Gabrielle in Saumus, France) is one of the most influential fashion designers who ever lived. Famous for her rendition of the “little black dress” in the 1920's and stylish suits worn famously by Jackie Kennedy in the 1960’s, Coco revolutionized the fashion world for women. As she once said: “Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.” She knew how to dress a woman for style, class, simplicity and comfort. Her early years, however, were anything but glamorous. After her mother’s death, Chanel was put in an orphanage by her father who worked as a peddler. She was raised by nuns who taught her how to sew—a skill that would lead to her life’s work. Given her coquettish beauty, she attracted a couple wealthy men who were instrumental in getting her millinery business off the ground in Paris (she started by selling hats). It was quite by happenstance that she entered the apparel designing world when people began asking her about the dresses she herself was wearing. In the 1920’s, Coco created her first perfume (Chanel No. 5) which she called the ultimate accessory: “that heralds your arrival and prolongs your departure.” Never married, she had many romances throughout her life with many powerful and wealthy men. She once explained her nickname, Coco (which she received in the twenties): “a shortened version of cocotte, the French word for ‘kept woman.’” Her legacy remains in her timeless and beautiful fashions still influencing designers of today.