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The amazing story of Edith Piaf

March 6, 2009

Edith Piaf’s life story reads like a thriller. A rollercoaster ride of extreme poverty, fabulous wealth, complete happiness and utter tragedy.

In her lifetime, the tiny (4 foot 10) singer who became known as Little Sparrow:

  • Triumphed over adversity to take the French and world music business by storm;
  • Was blind from the ages of three to seven;
  • Was raised by prostitutes in her grandmother’s brothel;
  • First sang in public at the age of 14;
  • Lost her only child to meningitis;
  • Was accused of collaborating with the Nazis (she denied this, saying she was in fact a secret member of the Resistance, for which there is some evidence);
  • Reportedly helped French prisoners of war escape their Nazi captors;
  • Was accused of involvement in a mob murder (she was acquitted);
  • Conquered America, appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show eight times and at Carnegie Hall twice;
  • Discovered and helped make famous legendary French singers Yves Montand and Charles Aznavour;
  • Lost the love of her life, a famous French boxer, in a tragic plane crash;
  • Counted among her personal friends the likes of heartthrob actor Maurice Chevalier and actress and singer Marlene Dietrich;
  • Recorded over 200 songs and appeared in ten films;
  • Married a man 20 years younger than her;
  • Was seriously injured in a car crash along with Charles Aznavour;
  • Almost died in two more car accidents;
  • Became addicted to morphine and alcohol;
  • Died of liver cancer, aged just 47 (19 December 1915 – 10 October 1963)

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