Edith Giovanna Gassion was born on 19 December 1915 in the 20th arrondissement of Paris. She was the daughter of a contortionist and a street singer. As a child, little Edith accompanied her father on the streets and sang while he did his act.
Edith got her break on a street corner when she was noticed by Louis Leplée, who gave her the name of ‘Môme Piaf’ (the Sparrow Kid).
She took flight little by little in French cabaret until she eventually arrived on stage at the Moulin Rouge in the spring of 1944, where she fell in love with Yves Montand, who she would later propel to fame.
‘Mon légionnaire’, ‘L’hymne à l’amour’, Milord’ and ‘La vie en rose’ are songs which will forever remain in the mind and hearts of generations the world over.