Barbara Barbara

Barbara Barbara

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."
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Birthday
09 June 1930
Occupations
Musician, Actor

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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 1997
    Age 66
    Died on November 24, 1997.
  • 1996
    Age 65
    One of the few English-speaking artists to cover her work is Marc Almond, whose version of "Amours Incestueuses" ("Incestuous Loves") was released on his 1996 album "Absinthe".
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    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.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1988
    Age 57
    In 1988 the government of France awarded her the Legion of Honour.
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  • 1986
    Age 55
    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.
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  • 1981
    Age 50
    Through the 1980s, she continued to tour and to write songs; her album Seule was one of France's top grossing releases of 1981.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1975
    Age 44
    Her final film role came in 1975 in Je suis né à Venise by choreographer Maurice Béjart.
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  • 1971
    Age 40
    In 1971 she co-starred with Jacques Brel in a film he directed titled Franz.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1970
    Age 39
    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.
  • 1969
    Age 38
    In 1969, she wrote the theme song "Moi, je me balance" for the film "La fiancée du pirate".
  • 1965
    Age 34
    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.
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  • 1964
    Age 33
    She returned to Bobino in 1964 for several sold-out performances.
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    From that point on, her career blossomed and she signed a major recording contract in 1964 with Philips Records.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1957
    Age 26
    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.
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  • 1953
    Age 22
    In October 1953 she married Claude John Luc Sluys, a Belgian law student, but they separated in 1956.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1950
    Age 19
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1930
    Born
    Born on June 9, 1930.
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