The Little Sparrow

 

Although much of her early life remains a mystery, many biographies cite Edith Piaf’s birth under a streetlight in Ménilmontant, an impoverished district of Paris, on December 19, 1915. Piaf began singing at the age of 14, accompanying her acrobat street-performing father all over France. The nickname La Môme Piaf or “The Little Sparrow”, given to her by a nightclub owner, was inspired by her stage anxiety and small stature, standing at 4 feet 8 inches.

Edith Piaf had a whirlwind of a life (so much so that much of her music was autobiographical) – experiencing miraculous sight recovery after enduring blindness from the ages of three to seven; growing up in a brothel owned by her grandmother; rubbing elbows with mobsters; costarring in a Jean Cocteau play; and kissing Marlene Dietrich…whew.

It’s only the 15th, so you have four days to binge on all things Edith.

Joyeux anniversaire, Edith!

The Wheel of Fortune: The Autobiography of Edith Piaf, Edith Piaf – A candid look into the singer’s life, told straight from the source.

book jacketEdith Piaf Song Collection – A collection of Edith’s best loved songs for you to sing.

 

 

Love and Passion, Edith Piaf – A four-disc boxed set collection of the Little Sparrow singing her heart out.

book jacketEdith Piaf: A Passionate Life – A biography of the singer translated to film, including rare footage of her life.

 

 

La Vie en Rose – The 2007 film depecting Piaf’s life, staring Acadamy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard.

– Lisa

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2 responses to “The Little Sparrow

  1. marianj

    Thanks for the book, music and video recommendations. Now everyone can learn more about Edith Piaf.

  2. Rebekah

    She was a unique artist. Thanks for this little tribute.

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