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Édith Piaf

Piaf in 1962
Born Édith Giovanna Gassion
(1915-12-19)19 December 1915
Belleville, Paris
Died 10 October 1963(1963-10-10) (aged 47)
Plascassier, Grasse, France
Other names La Môme Piaf
(The Little Sparrow)
Occupation

French cabaret singer
songwriter
actress

Musical career
Genres

Cabaret
Torch songs
Chanson
Musical theatre

Instruments Voice
Years active 1935–1963
Labels

Pathé, Pathé-Marconi
Capitol/EMI (US and Canada)
Parlophone/WEA (2013–present)

Associated acts

Théo Sarapo
Jacques Pills
Yves Montand
Charles Aznavour
Les Compagnons de la chanson

I wouldn't mind at all coming back to earth after my death.
I don't want to die an old lady.
As far as I'm concerned, love means fighting, big fat lies, and a couple of slaps across the face.
Edith Piaf
Death is the beginning of something.
I want to make people cry even when they don't understand my words.
I've always wanted to sing, just as I've always known that one day I would have my own niche in the annals of song. It was a feeling I had.
Edith Piaf
To be successful in my native France, where people speak the same language and understand me, is nothing.
Edith Piaf
Tell me what you'd like to hear me sing. I'll sing whatever you like, after which I'll take up a collection, if you don't mind.
Edith Piaf
Don't care what people say. Don't give a damn about their laws.
To sing is to bring to life; impossible if the words are mediocre, however good the music.
Edith Piaf
All I've done all my life is disobey.
I'd like to see one person – just one – who would own up to having been a coward.
Edith Piaf
People say that I could sing the phone book and make it sound good.
I think you have to pay for love with bitter tears.
Death does not exist.
If God has allowed me to earn so much money, it is because He knows I give it all away.
Edith Piaf
I've been thinking about Jesus. Don't you find it a bit strange that, since He was living with His family and all, He up and left them just when they needed him most?
Edith Piaf
Singing is a way of escaping. It's another world. I'm no longer on earth.
Edith Piaf
Money? How did I lose it? I never did lose it. I just never knew where it went.
Edith Piaf