EDITH PIAF (1915-1963)

“France’s National Chanteuse”

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Edith Piaf

Known as “the little Sparrow,” Edith Piaf was raised by her grandmother, who ran a French brothel. She was discovered singing on a street corner in Paris and became one of the most recognizable voices of the 20thcentury with songs like ”La vie en rose”, “Milord” and “Non je ne regrette rien.” She married twice, and had a long string of handsome lovers, and one child born out of wedlock. Years of alcohol abuse and copious amounts of medications, as well as a series of car accidents, led to her death at age 47 in 1963. It’s been said that “she sang herself to death.”

(This presentation is approximately 30-40 minutes)

Edith and Marcel

Edith with Marcel Cerdan, 1948

Edith and Marlene

Edith with Marlene Dietrich, Matron of Honor, at wedding to Jacques Pills, 1952

Edith and Theo

Edith and Theo Sarape, her second husband, 1962