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Edith Piaf 19 June 2007
Edith Piaf
The life and legacy of the legendary French singer.

When Edith Piaf died in 1963, two million people came onto the streets of Paris to mourn her. In the 1940s and 50s, her name became synonymous with intense songs of love and death. Piaf’s life was as eventful as her songs – her early years were spent in her grandmother’s brothel, her first mentor was murdered, and the love of her life died tragically in a plane crash. Her most famous song, Je Ne Regrette Rien, seemed to sum up her indomitable spirit. As La Vie En Rose, a new film about Piaf, is released later this week, Jenni discusses Piaf’s enduring appeal with Dr Barbara Lebrun, a lecturer in contemporary French culture at Manchester University, and Laurence David, a French singer-songwriter who has been inspired by Piaf’s work.


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