Edith Piaf - SR 1932
    Edith Piaf was born December 19, 1915 in Paris during the First World War. His father was an artist of circus contortionist and antipodiste born in Castillon in France. His mother was a street singer, born in Livorno, Italy. First, she was raised by her maternal grandmother who left without care and then by his paternal grandmother, madam of a brothel in Normandy.    According to legend, between three and six years old, she suffered blindness in both eyes. Accompanied his grandmother, Edith and all its residents went on pilgrimage to the tomb of St. Therese...

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Edith Piaf - SR 1934
   Two years after his birth, Marcelle died on July 7, 1935 because of a meningitis.   During this period, Edith Piaf lived a few months of odd jobs but resumed her vocation as a street singer with his partner Momone, street singer like her with whom she had begun to fourteen.    In fall 1935, she was spotted in the street and engaged for a week by the Director of cabaret Le Gerny's, located on the Champs-Élysées. Her success was immediate, she sang for seven months. In the Horoscope of Edith Piaf:   On July 7, 1935, her dau...

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Edith Piaf - 10 2 1935
   End of September 1935, Director Louis Leplee of the Gerny's cabaret in the Champs-Élysées met Edith Piaf singing beetween Avenue Mac-Mahon and rue Troyon in the Pigalle area. On 2 October 1935, he hired him for a week and gave him his stage name la Môme Piaf (the Brat Sparrow). Piaf, the sparrow so frail in relation to her physical that contrasted so much with the power of her voice. Her success was such that he prolonged her contract until April 6, 1936, the day of his assassination. A thug of Pigalle, knew of Edith Piaf, shot him in the head. She underwent 48 hours in cu...

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Edith Piaf - SR 1935
   Edith Piaf has obtained confirmation of her success in early of year 1936. She recorded her first album with Polydor Les Mômes de la cloche which was a successfull. Her commitment at Gerny's on the Champs-Élysées was renewed from week to week up to the murder of her director Louis Leplee, on April 6, 1936. A thug of Pigalle, the neighborhood where Edith Piaf began as singer street, killed him by a bullet in the head. She was arrested for questioning for 48 hours and then her was released for lack of evidence. Despite the seriousness of the situation, her career continued i...

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Edith Piaf - 3 13 1937
   In March 1937, Edith Piaf began her career of music hall at ABC, the most prestigious of Paris. From this period, her songs were adopted by the public and passed on the radio. In 1940, Jean Cocteau wrote her a piece for the theater the Bel Indifferent. She played with actor Paul Meurisse, her new companion. In 1941, she played in the film by Georges Lacombe Montmartre-sur-Seine. During the war, Edith continued her career in Paris and sang to Berlin. She sang a few double-sens songs. She protected Jewish artists and her secretary, member of the Resistance, testified that she a...

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Edith Piaf - SR 1945
   For her birthday on 19 December 1945 her lyricist Henri Contet offered at Edith Piaf the song La Vie en rose. She hesitated for several months and finally recorded it on October 9, 1946. This song echoed by many artists around the world including Louis Armstrong, Mary Hopkin, Marlene Dietrich, Plácido Domingo, Diane Dufresne and a forty other artists. This song was voted a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1998. In 1946, it was the movie Étoile sans lumière where she played with Yves Montand. She revealed him from the spring of 1944, when he sang at the Moulin Rouge in Paris i...

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Edith Piaf - SR 1948
   On October 28, 1949, Edith Piaf waited Marcel Cerdan, her new love, who was to join to her by the flight from Paris to New York. In vain because Marcel never arrived, his plane had crashed in the night over the Azores.    A year earlier, on September 21, 1948, Marcel Cerdan won the title of world champion boxing middleweight by technical knockout against King KO, Tony Zale. On September 14, 1949, a few weeks before his death, she sang Hymne à l'amour at Versailles, a cabaret in New York.    Following this second loss of a loved one, after that o...

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   The last years of Edith Piaf were pathetic. She compensated for the physical suffering, due to several automobile accidents, the disease and several surgical operations, by morphine and alcohol which corroded her, revealing even more its physical brittleness which contrasted so much with her clear and powerful voice. She sang successfully in New York until her exhaustion and her collapse on scene in 1959. In 1961, she occurred at Olympia in Paris to save of bankruptcy his director Bruno Coquatrix.    Édith Piaf died on October 10, 1963 at 13:10 in Grasse, Alpe...

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