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Edith Piaf

Singer Edith Piaf

Full Name: Édith Giovanna Gassion
Profession: Singer


Biography: Widely regarded as France's national diva, Édith Piaf's chansons and torch ballads of love and loss made her an international star.

Her 1940 recording "L'Accordéoniste" was the first million-seller of her career. Her 1946 song "La Vie en rose" became her signature tune around the globe, and received a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1998; it has been covered over 650 times.

Born: December 19, 1915
Birthplace: Paris, France

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: October 10, 1963 (aged 47)

Married Life

  • 1935-08-19 French singer Édith Piaf (19) weds Andrew Johnseppe in Belleville, Paris
  • 1962-10-09 French singer Édith Piaf (46) marries French Greek actor Théo Sarapo (26)

Historical Events

  • 1936-04-14 French singer Édith Piaf questioned after nightclub owner and her patron Louis Leplée murdered in Paris

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