Ãƒâ€°dith Piaf (19 December 1915 - 10 October 1963) was a French singer and cultural icon of partly Algerian and Italian descent Piaf: the triumphant return of La MÃƒÂ´me, The Independent, Thursday, 8 February 2007 On the trail of Edith Piaf, Otago Daily Times, Tuesday, 16 Sep 2008Jacques VerriÃƒÂ¨re, GenÃƒÂ¨se de la nation franÃƒÂ§aiseÃ¢â‚¬Å½, Flammarion, 2000, p.119 who "is almost universally regarded as France's greatest popular singer." Her singing reflected her life, with her specialty being ballads. Among her songs are "La vie en rose" (1946), "Hymne ÃƒÂ l'amour" (1949), "Milord" (1959), "Non, je ne regrette rien" (1960), "l'AccordÃƒÂ©oniste" (1941), "Padam...Padam", and "La Foule".
Despite numerous biographies, much of Piaf's life is shrouded in mystery. She was born Ãƒâ€°dith Giovanna Gassion in Belleville, Paris, a high-immigration district. Legend has it that she was born on the pavement of Rue de Belleville 72, but her birth certificate cites the HÃƒÂ´pital T
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