Édith Piaf, 50 years gone

La Môme

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.

Walking tour

Legend

  • 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

Père Lachaise

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

October 10, 2013 © Michelle Campbell
October 10, 2013 © Michelle Campbell

Related articles

Edith Piaf’s Paris: In search of La Vie en Rose The Independent


Feature photo Édit Piaf à l’Olympia, February 6, 1958 © François Pages

Sources
Cartre exclusive : Edith Piaf à Paname !
Google map by the City of Paris The Paris of Edith Piaf
www.tombes-sepultures.com

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