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Édith Piaf (1915 - 1963)

Born in Paris, Edith Piaf is brought up in a poor environment by a family with an artistic background. She reveals her singing skills when she begins singing in the streets with her father as a child before being remarked in 1935 by Louis Leplée, the owner of a cabaret who engages her and becomes her mentor.  When Raymond Asso takes over « La Môme Piaf »'s career, she becomes a celebrated music hall artist and she soon appears in various stage productions and films. During World War II, Edith Piaf leads an amphibious relationship with the occupying forces: singing songs with hidden messages while performing in Berlin in 1943 and residing in a brothel mainly visited by Nazi officers. However, she is saved at the Liberation by her secretary who testifies that the singer helped French prisoners escape from Germany. From the end of the 1940s, she is an international star and the interpreter of major hits such as Les Trois Cloches, La Vie en rose and L'Hymne à l'Amour while she reveals to the public many talents (and lovers): Yves Montand, Charles Aznavour, Georges Moustaki... . Yet despite the fame, Edith Piaf is a tortured soul, addicted to alcohol and morphine that heal her physical pains and her broken heart since the love of her life, the boxer Marcel Cerdan has died in a plane crash, in 1949. Ruined by the sufferings of her existence, the singer with the little black dress died in 1963, hours before her friend, Jean Cocteau. She regained a new modern aura thanks to Marion Cotillard’s Oscar-rewarded performance in the 2007 movie La Vie en rose.

Edith Piaf on stage by Pierre Fournier, 1962
Edith Piaf on stage by Pierre Fournier, 1962
Edith Piaf and Théo Sarapo on stage by Pierre Fournier, 1962
Edith Piaf and Théo Sarapo on stage by Pierre Fournier, 1962
Edith Piaf on stage by Pierre Fournier, 1962
Edith Piaf on stage by Pierre Fournier, 1962
Edith Piaf on stage by Pierre Fournier, 1962
Edith Piaf on stage by Pierre Fournier, 1962
Edith Piaf on stage by Pierre Fournier, 1962
Edith Piaf on stage by Pierre Fournier, 1962
Edith Piaf in New York, 1950
Edith Piaf in New York, 1950
Edith Piaf and Charles Dumont, 1960
Edith Piaf and Charles Dumont, 1960
Edith Piaf and Eddie Constantine, 1951
Edith Piaf and Eddie Constantine, 1951
Edith Piaf by Allan Grant at her wedding with Jacques Pills, 1952
Edith Piaf by Allan Grant at her wedding with Jacques Pills, 1952
Edith Piaf and Gilbert Bécaud by Pierre Fournier, 1956
Edith Piaf and Gilbert Bécaud by Pierre Fournier, 1956
Edith Piaf and Jean Cocteau on the set of the play Le Bel Indifférent, 1940
Edith Piaf and Jean Cocteau on the set of the play Le Bel Indifférent, 1940
Edith Piaf and Jean Cocteau on the set of the play Le Bel Indifférent, 1940
Edith Piaf and Jean Cocteau on the set of the play Le Bel Indifférent, 1940
Edith Piaf and Jean Cocteau, 1940s
Edith Piaf and Jean Cocteau, 1940s
Edith Piaf and Jean Cocteau on the set of the play Le Bel Indifférent, 1940
Edith Piaf and Jean Cocteau on the set of the play Le Bel Indifférent, 1940
John Garfield, Edith Piaf and Josephine Baker in New York, 1948
John Garfield, Edith Piaf and Josephine Baker in New York, 1948
Edith Piaf and Jean Cocteau on the set of Le Bel Indifférent, 1940
Edith Piaf and Jean Cocteau on the set of Le Bel Indifférent, 1940
Edith Piaf and Marlène Dietrich, 1952
Edith Piaf and Marlène Dietrich, 1952
Michel Emer, Charles Aznavour, Edith Piaf, Micheline Dax and Roland Avellis, 1951
Michel Emer, Charles Aznavour, Edith Piaf, Micheline Dax and Roland Avellis, 1951
Faye Emerson, Sonja Henie, Edith Piaf, Judy Garland and Ginger Rogers in New York, 1950
Faye Emerson, Sonja Henie, Edith Piaf, Judy Garland and Ginger Rogers in New York, 1950
Edith Piaf by Irving Penn, 1948
Edith Piaf by Irving Penn, 1948
Edith Piaf and Marcel Cerdan, 1948
Edith Piaf and Marcel Cerdan, 1948
Edith Piaf by Gaston Paris, 1950
Edith Piaf by Gaston Paris, 1950
Edith Piaf in New York, 1948
Edith Piaf in New York, 1948
Edith Piaf on the Queen Elizabeth, 1948
Edith Piaf on the Queen Elizabeth, 1948
Edith Piaf and Yves Montand in Etoile sans lumière directed by Marcel Blistène, 1945
Edith Piaf and Yves Montand in Etoile sans lumière directed by Marcel Blistène, 1945
Edith Piaf on the set of the play Le Bel Indifférent, 1940
Edith Piaf on the set of the play Le Bel Indifférent, 1940
Edith Piaf and Marcel Cerdan, 1947
Edith Piaf and Marcel Cerdan, 1947
Edith Piaf, 1934
Edith Piaf, 1934
Edith Piaf by Jean-Philippe Charbonnier, 1962
Edith Piaf by Jean-Philippe Charbonnier, 1962
Edith Piaf by Daniel Angeli, 1963
Edith Piaf by Daniel Angeli, 1963
Marion Cotillard as Edith Piaf in La môme directed by Olivier Dahan, 2007
Marion Cotillard as Edith Piaf in La môme directed by Olivier Dahan, 2007
Edith Piaf by Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1946
Edith Piaf by Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1946
Edith Piaf by Raymond Depardon, 1959
Edith Piaf by Raymond Depardon, 1959
Edith Piaf by Hugues Vassal, 1958
Edith Piaf by Hugues Vassal, 1958
Edith Piaf by Hugues Vassal, 1959
Edith Piaf by Hugues Vassal, 1959
Edith Piaf by Hugues Vassal, 1959
Edith Piaf by Hugues Vassal, 1959
Edith Piaf by Hugues Vassal, 1963
Edith Piaf by Hugues Vassal, 1963
Edith Piaf by Hugues Vassal, 1959
Edith Piaf by Hugues Vassal, 1959
Edith Piaf and Claude Figus, 1960
Edith Piaf and Claude Figus, 1960
Edith Piaf by Hugues Vassal, 1960
Edith Piaf by Hugues Vassal, 1960
Edith Piaf by Hugues Vassal, 1960
Edith Piaf by Hugues Vassal, 1960
Edith Piaf by Hugues Vassal, 1960
Edith Piaf by Hugues Vassal, 1960
Georges Moustaki and Edith Piaf, 1960
Georges Moustaki and Edith Piaf, 1960
Edith Piaf by Hugues Vassal, 1962
Edith Piaf by Hugues Vassal, 1962
Edith Piaf at the Olympia, 1960
Edith Piaf at the Olympia, 1960
Edith Piaf by Hugues Vassal, 1955
Edith Piaf by Hugues Vassal, 1955
Edith Piaf and Dough Davis by Hugues Vassal, 1959
Edith Piaf and Dough Davis by Hugues Vassal, 1959
Edith Piaf and Georges Moustaki by Hugues Vassal, 1958
Edith Piaf and Georges Moustaki by Hugues Vassal, 1958
Edith Piaf and Théo Sarapo by Hugues Vassal, 1962
Edith Piaf and Théo Sarapo by Hugues Vassal, 1962
Edith Piaf and Théo Sarapo by Hugues Vassal, 1963
Edith Piaf and Théo Sarapo by Hugues Vassal, 1963
Edith Piaf and Marguerite Monod by Hugues Vassal, 1960s
Edith Piaf and Marguerite Monod by Hugues Vassal, 1960s
Edith Piaf and Marlène Dietrich by Hugues Vassal, 1961
Edith Piaf and Marlène Dietrich by Hugues Vassal, 1961
Edith Piaf and Robert Chauviginy by Hugues Vassal, 1950s
Edith Piaf and Robert Chauviginy by Hugues Vassal, 1950s
Edith Piaf by Hugues Vassal, 1950s
Edith Piaf by Hugues Vassal, 1950s
Edith Piaf and the
Edith Piaf and the "Compagnons de la chanson", 1947
Edith Piaf, Maurice Chevalier, Jacques Pills and Jean-Jacques Vital, 1952
Edith Piaf, Maurice Chevalier, Jacques Pills and Jean-Jacques Vital, 1952
Edith Piaf with Théo Sarapo at their wedding day, 1962
Edith Piaf with Théo Sarapo at their wedding day, 1962
Michel Emer, Edith Piaf, Eddie Constantine and Charles Aznavour in Paris, 1950s
Michel Emer, Edith Piaf, Eddie Constantine and Charles Aznavour in Paris, 1950s
Edith Piaf and Michel Emer Bruno Coquatrix, director of the Olympia, 1958
Edith Piaf and Michel Emer Bruno Coquatrix, director of the Olympia, 1958
Marion Cotillard as Edith Piaf in La môme directed by Olivier Dahan, 2007
Marion Cotillard as Edith Piaf in La môme directed by Olivier Dahan, 2007
Edith Piaf, 1954
Edith Piaf, 1954
Edith Piaf by the Studio Harcourt, 1950s
Edith Piaf by the Studio Harcourt, 1950s
Edith Piaf, 1957
Edith Piaf, 1957
Edith Piaf by Raymond Voinquel, 1947
Edith Piaf by Raymond Voinquel, 1947
Edith Piaf, Promotional for the play Le Bel Indifférent, 1940
Edith Piaf, Promotional for the play Le Bel Indifférent, 1940
Edith Piaf, Marcel Cerdan and Mathilda Nail arriving at Orly Airport, 1948
Edith Piaf, Marcel Cerdan and Mathilda Nail arriving at Orly Airport, 1948
Edith Piaf, 1930s
Edith Piaf, 1930s
Edith Piaf in Montmartre-Sur-Seine directed by Georges Lacombe, 1941
Edith Piaf in Montmartre-Sur-Seine directed by Georges Lacombe, 1941
Charles Trenet and Edith Piaf, 1940s
Charles Trenet and Edith Piaf, 1940s
Edith Piaf in Paris, 1960
Edith Piaf in Paris, 1960
Edith Piaf, 1940s
Edith Piaf, 1940s
Charles Aznavour and Edith Piaf, 1951
Charles Aznavour and Edith Piaf, 1951
Edith Piaf, 1960
Edith Piaf, 1960
Edith Piaf, 1948
Edith Piaf, 1948
Edith Piaf, 1947
Edith Piaf, 1947
Edith Piaf, 1947
Edith Piaf, 1947
Edith Piaf in Les amants de demain directed by Marcel Blistène, 1959
Edith Piaf in Les amants de demain directed by Marcel Blistène, 1959
Edith Piaf in Montmartre-sur-Seine directed by Georges Lacombe, 1941
Edith Piaf in Montmartre-sur-Seine directed by Georges Lacombe, 1941
Marlène Dietrich and Edith Piaf, 1947
Marlène Dietrich and Edith Piaf, 1947
Edith Piaf by Gaston Paris, 1937
Edith Piaf by Gaston Paris, 1937
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