Singer + Songwriter + Actress
Born Jun 9, 1930

Monique Andrée Serf, known as Barbara (Barbara Brodi in her debut), was a popular French female singer. She took her stage name from her Russian grandmother, Varvara Brodsky. She called herself 'the black eagle'-her song L'Aigle noir sold a million copies in twelve hours- and she always wore black. Norman Lebrecht: "Barbara is all about the unsaid; she's a Freudian enigma at the heart of France."… Read More

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1930 Birth Born on June 9, 1930.


1950 20 Years Old A tall person, Barbara dressed in black as she sang melancholy songs of lost love. From 1950 to 1952, after her father's desertion of her family, she lived in Brussels, where she became part of an active artistic community. … Read More
1953 23 Years Old In October 1953 she married Claude John Luc Sluys, a Belgian law student, but they separated in 1956. … Read More
1957 27 Years Old In 1957, she went back to Brussels to record her first single, but it was not until 1961 that she got a real break when she sang at the Bobino Music-Hall in Montparnasse. … Read More


1964 34 Years Old 1 More Event
From that point on, her career blossomed and she signed a major recording contract in 1964 with Philips Records. … Read More
1965 35 Years Old In 1965, she released the album Barbara chante Barbara, which became a critical and financial success, winning the Grand Prix du Disque of the Charles Cros Academy. … Read More
1969 39 Years Old In 1969, she wrote the theme song "Moi, je me balance" for the film "La fiancée du pirate".


1970 40 Years Old She announced that she would limit her concert singing, and in 1970 she made her acting début in the stage play Madame that proved to be a commercial flop.
1971 41 Years Old In 1971 she co-starred with Jacques Brel in a film he directed titled Franz. … Read More
1975 45 Years Old Her final film role came in 1975 in Je suis né à Venise by choreographer Maurice Béjart. … Read More


1981 51 Years Old Through the 1980s, she continued to tour and to write songs; her album Seule was one of France's top grossing releases of 1981. … Read More
1986 56 Years Old In 1986 she went to New York City to perform on piano at the Metropolitan Opera with Mikhail Baryshnikov in a song and dance ballet presentation. … Read More
1988 58 Years Old In 1988 the government of France awarded her the Legion of Honour. … Read More


1996 66 Years Old 1 More Event
However, she recorded another successful album in 1996—which sold over a million copies in twelve hours—before she died of respiratory problems in Neuilly-sur-Seine (a suburb of Paris), on November 24, 1997. … Read More
1997 68 Years Old Died on November 24, 1997.
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