Edith Piaf
Edith Piaf

Edith Piaf

About Edith Piaf

Iconic French chanteuse Édith Piaf was nicknamed The Little Sparrow by Paris cabaret owner Louis Leplée, who first hired her in 1935.

∙ Her debut nightclub performance was backed by jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and praised by singer/actor Maurice Chevalier.
∙ During the Nazi occupation of France in World War II, Piaf performed for Germans soldiers while secretly helping prisoners escape as part of the French Resistance.
∙ Her 1947 single “La vie en rose” became the signature song of her career and was honored with a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1998.
∙ She dedicated her 1960 hit “Non, je ne regrette rien” to the French Foreign Legion, which adopted it as an anthem that’s still sung in parades.
∙ In 1982, Russian astronomer Lyudmila Karachkina named one of the minor planets she discovered, 3772 Piaf, after the singer.
∙ Piaf’s life story has been told in books, plays, and films, including 2007’s La Vie en Rose starring Marion Cotillard, whose performance won a Best Actress Oscar.
∙ In 2015, the 100th anniversary of her birth was marked with a 350-track box set, an exhibition in Paris, and a tribute show in New York City.

    Paris, France
  • BORN
    December 19, 1915

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