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Edith Piaf's girlfriend, the "sparrow of Paris" - before she knew her, no one would have guessed that such a big, small body had become such a big voice. A voice that looms freely and as it knows on the poorest streets of the city, not suggesting that one day its voice will sound in the largest concert halls and stages in the world. Her life is leaving the street, and that is her big theme, along with the love that will be repeated over and over in her songs, adding another new look. Edith is able to paint with her voice all the patterns on the street, and when she sings, her gaze is lost in the heights.


But a great singer doesn't just happen. You need to be born under a big star in order to appear in your life that "angel" that makes you great. Edith has several "angels" and one of them is the manager of the Gernys cabaret - Leople, who, delighted by her voice, invites her to an audition. It was he who gave her the poetic pseudonym and introduced her to the defense of the cabaret audience. "The voice of a girl on the street pierced my heart. He touched me, shook me, and asked me to introduce you to this child in Paris. This is Leple's touching speech, a minute before her performance at the Gernis. When the chanson ends, there is silence. A moment or two later, the pretentious Parisian audience burst into applause. Edith can't believe her success. "You won them," says Leple, "from now on you will conquer them all."


But Edith does not have a stage presence as well as his own repertoire. Leopler does the difficult job of grinding a future diamond. And soon, the "faithful angel" becomes her "dad Leople" - kind, caring, dedicated, giving her all in her desire to make her a star. One of her earliest performances in the cabaret is also attended by Jacques Canetti, who runs his own show on Radio Cite. Attracted by Edith's talent, Canetti invites her to The Sunday Stranger immediately. She arrives only 10 minutes before the start, ready to sing as she used to - without notes and without accompaniment. Of course, in the studio there is a commotion immediately and they are in urgent search for a pianist. Finally (live broadcast) Canetti sits behind the piano and accompanies Edith. After the first song, everyone is overwhelmed, questions and praise from listeners begin to pour in. Finally, Edith signs a contract for 13 broadcasts (what a good number) and for three months every Sunday her voice sounds in the studio where an increasing audience awaits her.


The other "angel" in her life is Raymond Ace. "He taught me how to become a human being. It took him three years to heal me. Three years of patient tenderness to teach me that there is another world, not just that of prostitutes and pimps, ”Edith would say later. She leans against this man, her determination and strength inspire her confidence. In 1937, Piaf received a commitment from March 26 to April 15 in the ABC's finest cabaret - ABC. Before going on stage for her debut, Ace takes her to the cabaret to hear Marie Duba. He wants to show her the way to go in order to become a true star. For her, this is a lesson in singing and stage behavior. Ace wants the sparrow to master the magnificent gestures that cheer and grieve, the movements of his hands, the facial expressions - everything. Edith immediately falls in love with Dub's singing and not long after realizes - "before I sang, as it came to me." "I created it with childbirth," says Ace.


Thus, in spite of Leppet's past anxiety, Edith is proving stronger than he seems. It overcomes a bunch of difficulties and captivates audiences, not only in France but all over the world. In addition to being talented, Edith is very generous, kind, generous, loving and willing to do anything she can. She has the innate ability to find talents, to recognize those voices that will become great in time. And she starts working with them - without fearing that someone might be a competitor to her. With her greatness of spirit, which makes her a huge honor, she helps poor artists achieve everything they dreamed of and dreamed of.

Thus, Edith Piaf herself becomes an "angel." One of the great singers he helps is Yves Montand - a poor boy from Marseille who left school only on 11 to help his parents. He works at a pastry shop as an apprentice in a hair salon, but often gives his latest ticket money to a music American movie. Ivo Livi, by his native name, is strongly attracted to the cowboy films and music of America. She watches Fred Astaire dance and dreams of the Far West, Hollywood and New York. In 1923, his family fled the fascist regime in Italy and settled in France. From the moment Eve hears Maurice Chevalier and Charles Tren - the singers of the 30 years, begins to think only of singing.

Yves Montand

In the beginning, Edith was reserved for this southerner, who was told she was only capable of acting as a cowboy, singing tavern tunes. However, when she hears it, she immediately realizes that he is an exceptional talent. Edith is fascinated by him, but thinks he needs a real repertoire of French songs instead of his country ballads. "With your face and beauty you must sing love songs, use your voice to subjugate all women, convince them that you love each of them!" He tells him that he will make him the greatest, the first, the most kinder. That's right. "Edith was the man who made you believe you were God," Montan later said. Edith makes the man reborn and the artist born. She writes the lyrics of his songs, teaches him stage behavior, discipline, the art of gesturing, helps him deal with his Martian accent. She does all the things that her "angels" have done for her, and thus transfers a good part into the next big stars.


In the fall of 1944, Edith included Montana in his program. For one month they have been singing together in Paris, Lyon, Toulon, Toulouse. She watches over him, counting how many times they will encore him, and not long after he starts to launch him as a soloist. According to her, nothing is certain, every night she starts again and fights for victory, like on the first day. "Thank you, I owe you everything," Eve admits.

Years later, Piaf becomes a travel star for more a great singer - Charles Aznavour. Edith loves to go out, watch new performances, and find talents that inspire her. So in a small club you will find the duo Rosh and Aznavour. The smaller one - an Armenian with a rather large nose - sings. Piaf immediately realizes - "this boy has everything he needs." She is also delighted with the fact that she writes songs herself. Aznavour is poor and usually dresses in black so as not to show how old his clothes are. This recognition is liked by Edith, Charles is honest and kind and always remains so. In the face of the little man, she sees a talent "doomed" to success, as well as a painful sign of the past, a subtle humanity and sensitivity. A great and pure friendship is born between them.

Charles Aznavour

Big Edith takes the future singing star and his pianist Roche under his wing, and the three go on a long tour, first to France and then to the United States. She is the first to notice him and give him a chance. Like Montana, Aznavour sings mainly about love, which is expressed in over 1000 songs in the 5 language. Edith knows that only he can feel the people, sing for the heart and soul just like her. She believes in him and gives him that much-needed confidence for an artist that allows him to develop himself into music.


Both Yves Montan and Charles Aznavour have outlived their discoverer for many years, but they never forget the outstretched hand, the unwavering faith and that dedication over the years that only a great man, generous and selfless, can bestow. It's about being a big star - not just with talent, but with human spirit and kindness!

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