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Carla Bruni-Sarkozy: First Lady of French Music

March 7, 2009

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy (born Carla Gilberta Bruni Tedeschi): heiress, supermodel, singer, songwriter, First Lady of France… Discover her amazing music!

She didn’t just sit around and wait for her massive inheritance… And she didn’t take advantage of her VIP connections to carve out an international career for herself in modelling and music.

Here’s a selection of facts about the stunning and talented Carla Bruni:

  • She was born on 23 December 1967
  • She is an Italian-born (Turin), naturalized French songwriter, singer and former model
  • She is the First Lady of France, after marrying French President Nicolas Sarkozy in February 2008
  • She is heiress to the fortune created by the Italian tyre makers CEAT, founded in the 1920s by her grandfather
  • Her family moved to France in 1975, reportedly to escape the threat of kidnapping by the Red Brigades
  • She grew up in France from age eight and attended boarding school in Switzerland
  • She went to Paris to study art and architecture
  • She left college at 19 to sign with City Models
  • She worked for designers and fashion houses such as Guess? Jeans, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Paco Rabanne, Sonia Rykiel, Christian Lacroix, Karl Lagerfeld, John Galliano, Yves Saint-Laurent, Chanel and Versace
  • While modelling, she dated Eric Clapton, then Mick Jagger
  • In 1997, Carla quit modelling to devote herself to music. She sent her lyrics to Julien Clerc in 1999, based on which he composed seven tracks on his 2000 album ‘Si j’étais elle’
  • In 2002, her debut album Quelqu’un m’a dit (Someone Told Me), was released in Europe
  • Her second album, No Promises (Jan 2007) set to music the poems of William Butler Yeats, Emily Dickinson, W. H. Auden, Dorothy Parker, Walter de la Mare, and Christina Rosetti
  • She released her third album Comme si de rien n’était (As If Nothing Happened) on 11 July 2008. Royalties will be donated to charity
  • Her music is awesome

To see and hear Carla, and learn more, visit:

www.lingolyrics.com

Official Website: www.carlabruni.com/

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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)

Listen to her amazing music and read more at www.lingolyrics.com