The Little Sparrow Edith Piaf La Vie En Rose

The Little Sparrow Edith Piaf La Vie En Rose
The Little Sparrow Edith Piaf La Vie En Rose
The Little Sparrow Edith Piaf La Vie En Rose
The Little Sparrow Edith Piaf La Vie En Rose
The Little Sparrow Edith Piaf La Vie En Rose
The Little Sparrow Edith Piaf La Vie En Rose
The Little Sparrow Edith Piaf La Vie En Rose
The Little Sparrow Edith Piaf La Vie En Rose
The Little Sparrow Edith Piaf La Vie En Rose
The Little Sparrow Edith Piaf La Vie En Rose

The Little Sparrow Edith Piaf La Vie En Rose

The Little Sparrow Edith Piaf La Vie En Rose

The Little Sparrow Edith Piaf La Vie En Rose - The Early Days

Edith Gassion was born in a doorway in Rue Belleville, a working class section of Paris.

Two gendarmes assisted her mother, an Italian café singer in the birth. She began life on the streets of Paris having already had her first encounter with the police.

Her father was a carnival acrobat.

It was decided she would stay with her maternal grandmother, this didn't last very long as her grandmother was the proprietor of a brothel.

Edith was sent to the country to live with her paternal grandmother, during this time she was stricken with complicated childhood diseases and became totally blind.

After four years her grandmother took her to pray at the shrine of St Teresa of Lisieux and shortly afterward her sight miraculously returned.

Her father now saw the possibility of attracting more coins with his daughter singing with the carnival and decided to take her on the road, this was to become the basis of her young life, living the life of a nomad.

The Little Sparrow Edith Piaf La Vie En Rose - Success at Last

At the age of 15 The Little Sparrow Edith Piaf had parted from her father and was now back on the streets of Paris singing to help put food in her stomach.

She was discovered in 1935 by Louis Leplee who owned a cabaret in Paris and this was the beginning of her meteoric rise to fame.

Louis Leplee was murdered and initially Edith was arrested and held for questioning. She was released and the notoriety she received for this incident only made her more popular with the people of Paris.

It was around this time she changed her surname to Piaf 'the sparrow'. Becoming known as the little sparrow with the big voice.

During WWII she would purposefully arrive hours late when being forced to perform for the occupying Nazis. She would also perform for French prisoners of war, during which time she helped many to escape.

After the war she travelled many times to the USA to perform gaining her world wide recognition.

The Little Sparrow Edith Piaf La Vie En Rose - The Later Years

Once she had conquered America she began to perform all around the world packing out concert houses wherever she went. She commanded a legendary and never changing $1000 per night.

In the 1950's Piaf sustained injuries in a motor accident in Nice. This was the first of four major car accidents she was to be involved in. It also marked the beginning of a downward slide for her.

In the late 50's she had divorced her second husband which was just one of many doomed loves she experienced in her life. With each failed love though it only managed to increase the intensity of emotion in her voice.

In 1963 she staged a series of concerts marked as her comeback and she was received to much ovation..

It was during these comeback concerts that she wowed the audience with a new song; 'No,je ne regrette rien'. This was her personal confessional.

Sadly her health deteriorated rapidly around this time and she was ordered to avoid all excitement and avoid rich foods. She disobeyed these orders feasting on large amounts of crayfish right up until the day she died.

She passed away in the October of 1963, and within the week 100,000 French had attended her home to pay their respects, another 40,000 attended the funeral.

The "Little Sparrow" today still characterises French and particularly Parisian music. Piaf it was said was Paris!

My name is Robee Kann, for four years I was a tour guide throughout Europe. I loved my job and I would love to hear from you. You are most welcome to message me to say hello or request a hub about a European subject. Please look at my other hubs and leave a comment for me.

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Harlan Lewin 6 years ago from San Francisco

Thanks for the overview of Piaf's life. I've never read her bio and now I want to. I loved the movie of her life, La Vie en Rose starring Marion Cotillard. I thought Cotillard was an amazing double of Piaf. You write a lot of hubs in areas I'm interested in - history and France - so I'll be following you. Thanks for your interesting work.


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Robee Kann 6 years ago Author

Thanks Harlan, I love all things French as well and loved living there for a year and can't wait to go back, thanks for the comment.


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blue parrot 6 years ago from Madrid, Spain

This is a great story. I know her voice and even heard her "Non, rien de rien, je ne regrette rien" sung full force somewhere, sometime, but I did not know anything about her life.


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Robee Kann 6 years ago Author

Thanks Blue Parrot, she is a fascinating woman

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