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 “France’s National Chanteuse”

Known as “the Little Sparrow,” Edith Piaf was raised by her paternal grandmother, who ran a French brothel.

In 1935 she was discovered singing on a street corner in Paris, when she bounced around under the protection of a number of different men. She ultimately, became one of the most recognizable voices of the 20th century with songs like ”La Vie en Rose”, “Milord” and “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien.”

She married twice, had a long string of handsome lovers, and had one child, born out of wedlock who died at 2 years old.

Prolonged use of alcohol abuse and copious amounts of medications, as well as a series of car accidents, led to her early death at age 47 in 1963. She was so passionate about her signing, that it has been said that “she sang herself to death.”

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Classic Edith Piaf
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Edith Piaf with her boyfriend middle-weight boxing champion of the world, Marcel Cerdan
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1952 wedding to Jacques Pils, with matron-of-honor Marlene Dietrich
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Edith Piaf with second husband Theo Sarapo at their home in Grasse, France