Édith Piaf

Singer + Songwriter + Actress
Born Dec 19, 1915

Édith Piaf, born Édith Giovanna Gassion, was a French singer who became widely regarded as France's national popular singer, as well as being one of France's greatest international stars. Her singing reflected her life, with her specialty being of Chanson and ballads, particularly of love, loss and sorrow. Among her songs are "La Vie en rose", "Non, je ne regrette rien" (1960), "Hymne à l'amour" (1949), "Milord" (1959), "La Foule" (1957), "l'Accordéoniste" (1955), and "Padam... Padam...… Read More

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1915 Birth Despite numerous biographies, much of Piaf's life is unknown. She was born Édith Giovanna Gassion in Belleville, Paris. Legend has it that she was born on the pavement of 72, but her birth certificate cites that she was born on 19 December 1915 at the, a hospital located at the 20th arrondissement. … Read More
1916 Birth Piaf's mother abandoned her at birth, and she lived for a short time with her maternal grandmother, Emma (Aïcha). When her father enlisted with the French Army in 1916 to fight in World War I, he took her to his mother, who ran a brothel in Normandy. … Read More


1929 13 Years Old 1 More Event
She and Louis-Alphonse divorced on 4 June 1929.
1932 16 Years Old In 1932, she met and fell in love with Louis Dupont. … Read More
1933 17 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 1933, the 17-year-old Piaf gave birth to her daughter, Marcelle (nicknamed Cécelle) at the Hôpital Tenon. … Read More
1935 19 Years Old In 1935, Piaf was discovered in the Pigalle area of Paris by nightclub owner Louis Leplée, whose club Le Gerny's off the Champs-Élysées was frequented by the upper and lower classes alike. … Read More


1940 24 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1940, Piaf co-starred in Jean Cocteau's successful one-act play Le Bel Indifférent. … Read More
1942 26 Years Old In 1942, Piaf was able to afford a luxury flat in a house in the fancy 16th arrondissement of Paris, (today rue Paul-Valéry) She lived above the, a famous nightclub and bordello close to the Paris Gestapo headquarters. … Read More
1944 28 Years Old 1 More Event
Spring 1944 saw the first cooperation and a love affair with Yves Montand in the Moulin Rouge. … Read More
1945 29 Years Old Piaf's signature song, "La Vie en rose", was written in 1945 and was voted a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1998. … Read More


1949 33 Years Old The love of Piaf's life, the married boxer Marcel Cerdan, died in a plane crash in October 1949, while flying from Paris to New York City to meet her. … Read More
1951 35 Years Old In 1951, Piaf was seriously injured in a car crash along with Charles Aznavour, breaking her arm and two ribs, and thereafter had serious difficulties arising from morphine and alcohol addictions. … Read More
1952 36 Years Old Piaf married Jacques Pills (real name René Ducos), her first husband, in 1952 (her matron of honour was Marlene Dietrich) and divorced him in 1957.


1956 40 Years Old …  She continued to live there alone from 1956 to 1959.
1959 43 Years Old 1 More Event
In her final years she lived at 23 rue Édouard Nortier in Neuilly-sur-Seine – alone from 1959 to 1962 and with Théo Sarapo from 1962 until her death in 1963.
1961 45 Years Old The 1961 concerts, promised by Piaf in an effort to save the venue from bankruptcy, debuted her song "Non, je ne regrette rien".
1962 46 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1962, she wed Théo Sarapo (Theophanis Lamboukas), a Greek hairdresser-turned-singer and actor who was 20 years her junior.
In April 1963, Piaf recorded her last song, "L'Homme de Berlin".
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