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Edith Piaf, byname of Edith Giovanna Gassion, (born December 19, , She had an affair with the middleweight boxer Marcel Cerdan, who. Marcel Cerdan and Édith Piaf were in a relationship for 1 year before Marcel Cerdan died aged About. French Boxer Marcel Cerdan was born Marcellin. Edith Piaf's previously unseen love letters lay bare the passion the La Vie en the passionate letters shed light on Piaf's little-known relationship with of boxer Marcel Cerdan, widely thought of as "the true love of Piaf's life".
Piaf was questioned and accused as an accessory, but acquitted. She wrote the lyrics of many of her songs and collaborated with composers on the tunes.La Belle Histoire d'Amour - Edith Piaf's and Marcel Cerdan's Love Story
Spring saw the first cooperation and a love affair with Yves Montand in the Moulin Rouge. Within a year, he became one of the most famous singers in France. She broke off their relationship when he had become almost as popular as she was. She helped launch the career of Charles Aznavour in the early s, taking him on tour with her in France and the United States and recording some of his songs. Piaf's signature song" La Vie en rose ",  was written in and was voted a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in Bruno Coquatrix 's famous Paris Olympia music hall is where Piaf achieved lasting fame, giving several series of concerts at the hall, the most famous venue in Paris,  between January and October Excerpts from five of these concerts, were issued on record and CD and have never been out of print.
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The concerts, promised by Piaf in an effort to save the venue from bankruptcy, debuted her song " Non, je ne regrette rien ". Role during the German occupation[ edit ] Piaf's career and fame gained momentum during the German occupation of France. She had to testify before a purge panel, as there were plans to ban her from appearing on radio transmissions.
Piaf neither wanted nor had other children. The love of Piaf's life, the married boxer Marcel Cerdandied in a plane crash in Octoberwhile flying from Paris to New York City to meet her.
Cerdan's Air France flight, on a Lockheed Constellationcrashed in the Azoreskilling everyone on board, including noted violinist Ginette Neveu. InPiaf was seriously injured in a car crash along with Charles Aznavourbreaking her arm and two ribs, and thereafter had serious difficulties arising from morphine and alcohol addictions.
The couple sang together in some of her last engagements. Piaf lived mainly in Belleville, Pariswith her father from to She continued to live there alone from to A series of car accidents only exacerbated her addictions and she eventually underwent a series of surgeries for a stomach ulcer in After her hardscrabble, often desperate life, the love she describes for Cerdan is all-engulfing, and her devotion to protect and preserve it is fierce to the point of obsession.
Edith Piaf at 100: the singer who defined Parisian courage
The couple had been together for only a year. All of France mourned their hero on that tragic day of October 27, Read an excerpt from that chapter here.
And the earth can also crumble. It matters little to me if you love me.
As long as love overwhelms my mornings. As long as my body trembles under your hands.
Problems matter little to me. My love, because you love me, I would go to the ends of the earth. I would dye my hair blonde If you asked me to. I would go and take down the moon I would go and steal a fortune If you asked me to.