December 19, 1915 – October 10, 1963
Next week will be the 50th anniversary of Edith Piaf’s death. Undoubtedly, crowds will gather at her grave in Père Lachaise. But there is so much more to see in Paris to commemorate her life.
Edith Piaf’s hood
Paris was Piaf’s hood, from start to finish. She was born there, “died” there (Grasse really), and did everything in between. It’s impossible to walk around Paris without following in her footsteps.
- Birthplace—72 rue de Belleville
- Homage—Place Edith Piaf
- First performances at Louis Leplée’s Le Gerny’s—now Hôtel Château-Frontenac, 54 rue Pierre-Charron
- Performed—Salle Pleyel
- Performed—L’Olympia, 29 boulevard des Capucines
- Performed—Bobino, 20 rue de la Gaité
- Residence with Marcel Cerdan—7 rue Leconte de Lisle
- Last residence with Théo Sarapo—67 boulevard Lannes
- Grave—Père-Lachaise cemetery
- Residence (1933), now the Edith Piaf museum (by appointment only)—5 rue Crespin du Gast
Not on map
- Discovered by Louis Leplée—corner of Rue Troyon and Rue Mac-Mahon (17th)
- Restaurant—Le Bœuf sur le toit, 34 rue du Colisée (8th)
- Restaurant—À la Cloche d’Or, 3 rue Mansart (9th)
October 14, 1963
On October 14, tens of thousands of fans lined the streets to watch the funeral cortège cross Paris—uninterrupted—from Piaf’s apartment, boulevard Lannes, to Père Lachaise cemetery.
Edith Piaf is buried alongside her father, Louis Alphonse Gassion (1881–1944), her daughter Marcelle Dupont (1933-1935), and her husband, Theophanis Lamboukas (1936–1970), known as Théo Sarapo.
October 10, 2013
Edith Piaf’s Paris: In search of La Vie en Rose The Independent