Gigi (pronounced: [ʒi.ʒi]) is a 1944novella by French writer Colette. The plot focuses on a young Parisian girl being groomed for a career as a courtesan and her relationship with the wealthy cultured man named Gaston who falls in love with her and eventually marries her.
^According to Caron in an interview on TCM, [producer] Arthur Freed came on the set of Lili and said "I don't know what they're doing. They're ruining the image I worked so hard to create. I made you a star, I made you glamorous, and you look so pathetic in this grey dress and straight hair and no makeup, you look just pitiful; I've got to make another film to restore you to stardom. Any ideas?" She suggested Colette's story Gigi, having acted in the play in London and loved the story.
^"GiGi". The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. December 2015. Retrieved January 2, 2015.