File - Piaf props up in bed from an undisclosed illness, Feb. 20, 1959.
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Piaf, famous for her hit "La Vie En Rose," stood only 4 feet 8 inches, yet her voice was strong and distinctive, a trembling alto wail that became the voice of the Paris working class.Piaf was born Edith Giovanna Gassion in the working-class Belleville neighborhood in Paris, where she was discovered singing on the streets with her alcoholic father.Piaf will be celebrated this month from the Cairo Opera House to an exhibit at The Bibliotheque Nationale de France.The attacks in Paris on Nov. 13 prompted many to re-embrace Piaf.Dion performed "L'Hymne a L'Amour," a French classic made famous by Piaf, at the American Music Awards.Sarapo died seven years after Piaf in a car accident, and Laume, who now lives in New Jersey, mourns both to this day. She smiles when she hears Piaf songs, particularly "La Vie En Rose".
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