Saturday, December 19, 2015

Edith Piaf 100 years – Vasabladet

On Saturday (19:12) marks the 100 years since the French singer Edith Piaf.

Edith Piaf was born as Edith Giovanna Gassion in Paris 19 December 1915. According to a legend she was born on the pavement of Rue de Belleville, but recent research shows that there was in a hospital.

The first few years, she grew up at her grandmother’s brothel and later appearing with his father who was a street acrobat.

In 1935, she was discovered by cabaret director Louis Leplée who named her Piaf, “the little sparrow”, because she was only 1.47 meters long.

Her songs were of the Parisian chanson. To the most popular songs included La Vie en Rose, Hymne a l’amour and Non, je ne regrette rien.

During her life she had several relationships. Her great love was the boxer Marcel Cerdan who died in a plane crash in 1949. In the 1950s, she was married to Jacques Pills and in 1962 she married the 20 year younger Greek Théo Sarapo.

The last years worsened her health and Edith Piaf died in 1963, 47 years old.


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