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Dalida

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Dalida as shown on a French stamp issued in 2001

Dalida (January 17, 1933 - May 3, 1987) was an Egyptian-born singer, of Italian origin, making her career in France.

Born Yolande Christina Gigliotti of Italian parents in Shoubra, a district of Cairo, Egypt, she was the child of an opera violinist and was given singing lessons at an early age. She developed into a beautiful young lady, and in 1954 she won the Miss Egypt beauty contest and immediately left for Paris, France, to pursue a career in motion pictures.

Despite her looks, her first films were less than successful, but she began performing in music halls and cabarets, singing in French, Italian and other languages. Using the stage name, "Dalida", she recorded songs, her second single titled "Bambino" brought instant fame. In 1957, she appeared at the Paris Olympia as the opening act for Charles Aznavour and later the same year for Gilbert Bécaud. She would go on to record in several languages, touring the globe including sold-out performances, in late-1978, at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

During her career, Dalida recorded 500 French songs, 200 of which were translated into Italian, and 200 into other languages. She sold more than 80 million records world-wide, winning numerous awards, scoring 55 gold records. Yet, despite her fame and fortune, her personal life was difficult and filled with much drama and tragedy. In 1961 she married her mentor Lucien Morisse, but the marriage lasted only a few months when she left him for the painter Jean Sobieski (later the father of American actress Leelee Sobieski). A few years later, her still distraught ex-husband died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

In 1967 her new lover, the Italian singer, Luigi Tenco also took his own life and Dalida too attempted suicide. She was living with the flamboyant and less than reputable, Richard Chanfray (referred to as the Comte de St Germain) when he took his own life in July 1983. She recovered from these tragedies and continued to perform but by her own accounts, life had little meaning and she spent years searching for personal fulfillment, including traveling to Nepal to study the Hindu religion.

On May 3, 1987 she died as a result of an overdose of sleeping pills leaving behind a suicide note that said: "Life has become unbearable ... forgive me."

Dalida is buried in the Cimetière de Montmartre, Paris, her gilded life-size statue one of the most outstanding of the many sculpted works in the famous cemetery.

In 1997, the angle of the rues Girardon and Abreuvoir in the Butte Montmartre in Paris was inaugurated as "Place Dalida" and is where a life-size bust was erected to her memory. In 2001, the French government honored her memory with her image on a postage stamp.

Contents

Filmography

Her hit/best songs from all over the world (1956-1987)

  • (Manuel Benitez) El Cordobes (1966)
  • À ma manière (1980)
  • À qui? (1967)
  • Aghani Aghani (1982)
  • Am tag als der Regen Kam (1959/1982)
  • Americana (1981)
  • Amore Scusami (1964)
  • Amoureuse de la vie (1977)
  • Anima Mia (1974)
  • Aranjuez la tua voce (1967)
  • Avant de te connaître (1970)
  • Avec le temps (1971)
  • Bambino (1956)
  • Bang Bang (1966)
  • Besame Mucho (Embrasse-moi) (1976)
  • Buenas Noches mi Amor (1957)
  • C'est mieux comme ça (Le Parrain 2) (1975)
  • C'était mon ami (1984)
  • Captain Sky (1977)
  • Chanteur des années 80 (1980)
  • Chaque instant de chaque jour (1964)
  • Ciao Amore, Ciao (1967)
  • Ciao, Ciao Bambina (1959)
  • Come Prima (Tu me donnes) (1958))
  • Comme disait Mistinguett (1979)
  • Concerto pour une voix (1970)
  • Confidences sur la fréquence (1982)
  • Ça me fait rêver (1978) - with Bruno Guillain
  • Dan Dan Dan (1968)
  • Dans le bleu du ciel bleu (1958)
  • Danza (1982)
  • Darla Dirladada (1970)
  • Et de l'amour... de l'amour (1975) - with Richard Chanfrey as "St-Germain"
  • Eux (1963)
  • Femme (1983)
  • Femme est la nuit (1977)
  • Fini, la comédie (1981)
  • Gamil El Soura (1983)
  • Garde-moi la dernière danse (1961
  • Génération 78 (1978) - with Bruno Guillain
  • Gigi l'Amoroso (1974)
  • Gigi in Paradisco (1980)
  • Gondolier (1958)
  • Guitare et tambourin (1958)
  • Hava Naguila (1958)
  • Helwa Ya Baladi (1979)
  • Hene Ma Tov (1965)
  • Histoire d'un amour (1957)
  • Il faut danser reggae (1979)
  • Il pleut sur Bruxelles (1981)
  • Il Silenzio (Bonsoir mon amour) (1965)
  • Il venait d'avoir 18 ans / 18 Anni / He must have been eighteen (1973)
  • Ils ont changé ma chanson (1970)
  • Itsi bitsi petit bikini (1960)
  • J'ai rêvé (1959)
  • J'attendrai / Tornerai (1975)
  • Je l'attends (1962)
  • Je m'endors dans tes bras (1968)
  • Je pars (1958)
  • Je reviens te chercher (1967)
  • Je suis malade (1973)
  • Je suis toutes les femmes (1980)
  • Jouez Bouzouki (1982)
  • Kalimba de Luna (1984)
  • L'amour et moi (1981)
  • L'An 2005 (1969)
  • L'Arlequin de Tolède / Arlecchino (1960)
  • L'Innamorata (1984)
  • L'ultimo valzer (1967)
  • La chanson du Mundial '82 (1982)
  • La colpa e tua (1971)
  • La Danse de Zorba / La Danza di Zorba (1965/1986)
  • La leçon de Twist (1962)
  • La Mamma (1975, inedit 1996)
  • La Sainte Totoche (1965)
  • La vie en rose (1965/1976)
  • Lady d'Arbanville (1970)
  • Le Flamenco (1965)
  • Le jour du retour (1963)
  • Le jour le plus long (1962)
  • Le jour où la pluie viendra (1958/1982)
  • Le Lambeth Walk / The Lambeth Walk (1978)
  • Le petit bonheur (1976)
  • Le petit Gonzalès (1962)
  • Le promesse d'amore (1969)
  • Le restaurant italien (1983)
  • Le sixième jour (1986)
  • Le temps d'aimer (1985)
  • Le temps des fleurs (1968)
  • Le Vénitien de Levallois (1985)
  • Les anges noirs (1968)
  • Les choses de l'amour (1971)
  • Les enfants du Pirée (1960)
  • Les Gitans (1958)
  • Les hommes de ma vie (1986)
  • Les grilles de ma maison (1967)
  • Les p'tits mots (1983)
  • Love in Portofino (1959)
  • Lucas (1983)
  • Ma vie je la chante (1974)
  • Mama (1967)
  • Maman, la plus belle du monde (1957)
  • Marjolaine (1981)
  • Mein Lieber Herr (1975)
  • Milord (1960)
  • Monday, Tuesday... Laissez-moi danser / Let me dance tonight (1979)
  • Mourir sur scène (1983)
  • Ne lui dis pas (1975)
  • Nuits d'Espagne (1961)
  • Nostlagie (1981)
  • Oh! Lady Mary (1969)
  • Ô Sole Mio (1960)
  • Parce que je ne t'aime plus (1986)
  • Parle plus bas (Le Parrain) (1972)
  • Parlez-moi de lui (1966)
  • Paroles... Paroles... (1973) - with Alain Delon
  • Petit homme (1966)
  • Pour ne pas vivre seul (1972)
  • Pour te dire je t'aime (1984)
  • Problemorama (L'argent... l'argent...) (1979)
  • Quand je n'aime plus je m'en vais (1981)
  • Quand on n'a que l'amour (1957/1979)
  • Quand s'arrêtent les violons (1977)
  • Que sont devenues les fleurs? (1962)
  • Remember... c'était loin (1977) - with Richard Chanfrey as "St-Germain"
  • Reviens-moi (1985)
  • Rio do Brasil (1980)
  • Romantica (1960)
  • Salma Ya Salama (1977)
  • Si j'avais des millions (1968)
  • Soleil / Mediterraneo (1984)
  • T'aimer follement (1960)
  • Ta femme (1974)
  • Ti Amo (Je t'aime) (1977)
  • Tony (1982)
  • Tu croiras (1963)
  • Tu n'as pas très bon caractère (1957)
  • Un po d'amore (1968)
  • Une femme à quarante ans (1981)
  • Vado Via (1973)
  • Vedrai Vedrai (1979)
  • Viva la pappa (1965)
  • Voilà pourquoi je chante (1978)

Discography (no single, no compilation)

Dalida as a Disco Star

An article will come later. For the moment, here is the disco songs by Dalida from 1975 to 1981.

  • 1975 J'attendrai
  • 1976 Besame mucho (Embrasse-moi)
  • 1976 Le petit bonheur
  • 1976 Tu m'as déclaré l'amour
  • 1976 Les feuilles mortes
  • 1976 Amor Amore (Amour c'est tout dire)
  • 1976 Tico Tico
  • 1977 Femme est la nuit
  • 1977 Quand s'arrêtent les violons
  • 1978 Génération 78
  • 1978 Ça me fait rêver
  • 1979 Problemorama (L'argent, l'argent...)
  • 1979 Monday, Tuesday... Laissez-moi danser
  • 1979 Let me dance tonight
  • 1979 Va, va, va
  • 1980 Gigi in Paradisco
  • 1980 Money Money
  • 1980 Rio do Brasil
  • 1981 Americana

-disco reggae-

  • 1979 Il faut danser reggae

See also

External links

eo:Dalida fr:Dalida nl:Dalida pl:Dalida

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