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Édith Piaf

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Photo of Édith Piaf at the microphone.
Édith Piaf

Édith Piaf was a French singer and actress. She lived from 1915 to 1963.

She had much unhappiness, sickness, and accidents in her life.

Her mother, a singer, gave her up when she was born. Her father, an acrobat, took her on his circus tours.

When she was young, she was blind for a while from an illness called meningitis.

She sang for money in the streets until a cabaret owner gave her a job in music halls.

During World War II she sang for French prisoners.

Later she toured the world as France's top paid performer.