French opera singer, memoirist
Georgette Leblanc (1869-1941) was born in Rouen, France. She was an esteemed soprano, once Maurice Maeterlinck's mistress and a close friend of Jean Cocteau. In 1924 M.Anderson interested her in Gurdjieff and they travelled to Priore to meet him.
She was also an accomplished writer, publishing two volumes of autobiography and several children's books and travel accounts. Her prose and poetry both sing with a unique lyricism that teeters precariously between real feeling and sentimentality. The first volume of her autobiography was translated into English by Janet Flanner (one of the era's most astute observers, writing the "Letter from Paris" as Genàt in The New Yorker); the second, La Machine à Courage, deals with her impressions of Gurdjieff and (quite powerfully)
her long battle with cancer, to which she succumbed in 1941, being the first of the Rope to die.