Gertrude Stein was a American writer and poet who lived in Paris for much of her career and was a catalyst in the development of modern art and literature.

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In 1904, along with her brother, Leo, Gertrude Stein opened a gallery in Paris, where she showed many modern pieces, including works by Picasso. Among her social circle included Pablo Picasso, Fernande Olivier, and Georges Braque. In 1907, she met Alice B. Toklas, who would be her life partner. Some of her most famous works are Three Lives (1909), Tender Buttons (1914), The Making of Americans (1925) and The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1933).

In September 1908, Stein was a guest at a party thrown by Picasso in the upstairs of Le Lapin Agile for Henri Rousseau. She and Toklas were discussing art with the dealer, Kahnweiler, when Olivier introduced them to two young Americans, Indiana Jones and Norman Rockwell.

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Ivana Sprachalova played Gertrude Stein in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles: "Paris, September 1908".

Later, in the 1920s, Stein's salon in Paris became a haven for American writers, including Ernest Hemingway. She is credited for coining the term "Lost Generation" to describe the American literary scene of expatriate authors.

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