Édith Piaf

1915 (Paris) – 1963 (Plascassier, France)

Cocteau was a close friend: he wrote a short play for her, and famously died deeply affected a few hours after hearing of her own death. Montand was a protégé and lover. Captivated by his music, she helped Yupanqui in his career, and gave Aznavour (her secretary, driver and confidant — who also wrote for her) his big break. Chaplin was a friend, and Dietrich a close one (she was witness at Piaf’s first wedding); no substantial evidence seems to exist to support rumours that they may also have been lovers.

Édith Piaf knew…

  • Jean Cocteau
  • Yves Montand
  • Atahualpa Yupanqui
  • Charles Aznavour
  • Marlene Dietrich
  • Charlie Chaplin