♥♥ Milord ♥♥ Edith Piaf
Edith Piaf sings Milord. The paintings are from Fabian Perez. Despite numerous biographies, much of Piaf's life is shrouded in mystery. She was born Edith Giovanna Gassion in Belleville, Paris, a high-immigration district. Legend has it that she was born on the pavement of Rue de Belleville 72, but her birth certificate cites the Hôpital Tenon, the hospital for the 20th arrondissement of which Belleville is part.
She was named Édith after the World War I British nurse Edith Cavell, who was executed for helping French soldiers escape from German captivity. Piaf-a Francilien colloquialism for "sparrow"-was a nickname she would receive 20 years later.
Her mother, Annetta Giovanna Maillard (18951945), was of French-Italian descent on her father's side and of Moroccan Berber origin on her mother's. She was a native of Livorno, a port city on the western edge of Tuscany, Italy. She worked as a café singer under the name Line Marsa.
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