Dalida acting in the movie "L'Inconnue de Hong Kong" during 1964.
Born Iolanda Cristina Gigliotti
(1933-01-17)17 January 1933
Cairo, Egypt
Died 3 May 1987(1987-05-03) (aged 54)
Paris, France
Cause of death Barbiturate overdose
Resting place Montmartre Cemetery, Paris, France
48°53′16″N 2°19′49″E / 48.88778°N 2.33028°E / 48.88778; 2.33028
Monuments Place Dalida, Paris, France
Statue of Dalida at Montmartre Cemetery, Paris, France
Residence Rue d'Orchampt 11 bis
Montmartre, Paris, France
Other names Yolanda Gigliotti
Occupation Singer, actress
Years active 1956–1987 (singer)
1954–1986 (actress)
Style Chanson, classical, eurodisco, europop, exotica, popular, disco, Franco Arabic, world, yé-yé
Title Miss Egypt, 1954
Spouse(s) Lucien Morisse

Médaille de la Présidence de la République by Général de Gaulle

Prix de l'Académie du Disque Français.
Website www.dalida.com

Yolanda Cristina Gigliotti[1] (17 January 1933 – 3 May 1987), better known as Dalida, was an Egyptian-born Italian-French singer and actress who performed and recorded in more than ten languages, including Arabic, Italian, Greek, German, French, English, Japanese, Hebrew, Dutch and Spanish. In 1961, she acquired French citizenship upon marriage, while maintaining her original Italian one.

Dalida ranks among the six most popular singers in the world..Twice honoured with the Oscar mondial du succès du disque (the "World Oscar of Recording Success"), she is the only European singer to have won this Oscar more than once. Her 30-year career began in 1956 and ended with her last album in 1986, less than a year before her death. Her death led to an iconic image as a tragic diva and renowned singer. She received more than 70 gold records and was the first singer to receive a platinum and a diamond disc.[2] She sold more than 170 million albums Worldwide.[3][4][5][6] In 1988, Dalida was posthumously honoured by the "International Star Registry" (US), with the issuance of a diploma, awarded one year after her death.


Early life

Dalida in the 1950s

Yolanda Cristina Gigliotti was born in Cairo, Egypt. Her family was from Serrastretta, Calabria, Italy, but lived in Egypt, where Dalida's father, Pietro Gigliotti (1904—1945), was first violinist (primo violino) at the Cairo Opera House, Dalida′s mother Giuseppina (nee. Rose) (1908—1971) was a seamstress.

She was the middle child between two brothers, Orlando and Bruno (who would later in Dalida's career change his name to Orlando like his brother and become her manager at the 1966). Dalida's early life was spent in the district of Shoubra, where she attended the Scuola Tecnica Commerciale Maria Ausiliatrice, an Italian Catholic school.

In 1950, Dalida participated in the Miss Ondine beauty pageant and won the title, and shortly after began working as a model for Donna, a Cairo-based fashion house. In 1954, at the age of 20, Dalida competed in and won the Miss Egypt pageant, and was crowned Miss Egypt.[7] It was then that she was spotted by French director Marc de Gastyne and, much to the reluctance of her parents, she moved to Paris on Christmas Eve of the same year with the intention of pursuing a career in motion pictures. It was about this time she adopted the name Dalila, which was soon changed to the more familiar Dalida.

Dalida collected 19 number one hit singles to her name in four languages (French, Italian, German, and Arabic) and has a long list of top 10, and top 20 hits in French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Arabic, and accumulated myriad top selling singles and albums largely, in France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Greece, Canada, Russia and Japan, spanning around thirty years. Four of Dalida's English language recordings ("Alabama Song", "Money Money", "Let Me Dance Tonight", and "Kalimba de Luna"), gained moderate success primarily in France and Germany, without being widely distributed in the UK and US markets.

Dalida's mother tongue was Italian. She learned Egyptian Arabic and French growing up in Cairo, and improved her French after establishing herself in Paris in 1954. She later achieved command of the English language as well as conversational skills in German and Spanish. Dalida also had the aptitude of greeting her fans in basic Japanese. She was considered as a pop and music icon in Japan and her concerts there were met with almost unprecedented enthusiasm. Once during a concert in Japan, Dalida felt ill and could not continue performing. The organisers expected an enraged reaction due to the cancellation of the concert, but when Dalida came onstage and explained to her fans that she could not perform, she was met with great applause and her name echoed everywhere. She promised to hold the concert again, a promise which she soon fulfilled.



Dalida's singing career started in Egypt, when she was discovered by Cherif Kamel, host of the "Hit Parade" at the Gezira Sporting Club during the early 1950s. Dalida's quest for a career in French cinema proved to be of limited success. Instead, she began taking singing lessons, and was booked as a cabaret act on the Champs-Élysées, which proved successful. Performing the song "Étrangère au Paradis" in a variety show at Bruno Coquatrix’ recently opened Olympia theatre, Dalida was introduced to Lucien Morisse and Eddie Barclay, who played a considerable part in launching the starlet’s career. Morisse was artistic producer of the popular Radio Europe 1, and Barclay an established record producer. After signing a recording contract with Barclay, Dalida’s debut single "Madona" was promoted heavily by Morisse, and was a moderate success. However, the release of "Bambino" in 1956 would prove to be even more triumphant – it spent 46 weeks in the French top ten and remains one of the biggest-selling singles in French history, and for its sales (which exceeded 300,000 copies) Dalida was awarded her first gold disc, presented on 17 September 1957. The song "Bambino" echoed everywhere in France and was a success even beyond the French frontiers. In the same year, she would also support Charles Aznavour at the Olympia. The follow-up single to "Bambino", the exotic-sounding and mesmerizing "Gondolier", was released in the Christmas on 1957, was also a great success, as were other early releases such as "Come prima" ("Tu Me Donnes"), "Ciao ciao bambina", and a cover of The Drifters’ "Save the Last Dance for Me", "Garde-Moi la Dernière Danse". These classical songs mark the first phase of Dalida's album and maintain their charm even today.

Dalida toured extensively from 1958 through the early 1960s, playing dates in France, Egypt, Italy, and the United States. Her tours of Egypt and Italy spread her fame outside France and Dalida soon became well known throughout Europe. However, she waited too long before entering America's music scene, and though great names of the American music industry wanted to introduce her to the United States, she refused.

Dalida in 1961

In 1961, Dalida performed a month of shows at the Olympia in Paris, with each selling out completely. Shortly afterwards Dalida embarked upon a tour of Hong Kong and Vietnam. Throughout the 1960s Dalida would frequently perform sell-out shows at the Olympia, and international dates became more frequent. In December 1968, she was awarded the Médaille de la Présidence de la République by General Charles de Gaulle, the only person from the music industry to have received this medal.

The early 1970s became a transitional period for the singer, highlighted by some of her most successful singles. After gaining a keen interest in academia in the mid-1960s she chose to sing songs with more profound lyrics. She tried to probe into her inner-self and declared that she would sing only those songs which have a meaning for her. Bruno Coquatrix was dubious about Dalida's career evolution, and was hesitant to book her for a series of performances in 1971. Dalida hired the hall herself, and her show was met with an impressive public response, thus forcing the world to acknowledge that a new and more powerful performer had emerged in Dalida. In 1973, a French version of the Italian song "Parole Parole", originally performed by Mina, was recorded by Dalida and her close friend Alain Delon. The song became a big hit and was the number one single in France and Japan. It was played consistently on French radios, at the request of listeners. The follow-up released in 1974 "Gigi L'amoroso' and B-side 'Il venait d'avoir 18 ans' reached number one in nine countries, and sold three and a half million copies in Europe. The way Dalida interpreted these songs left people amazed. Touring would follow this period of unprecedented sales. In February 1975, French music critics presented the singer with the prestigious Prix de l'Académie du Disque Français.


In 1976, Dalida re-recorded what is widely regarded as the first French disco single, "J'attendrai". Around the same time, the popularity of the variety show in France was soaring, and Dalida made many television appearances during this period, not only in France but across Europe. In 1976, she recorded "Salma Ya Salama", based on a traditional Egyptian folk song which, due to its chart success was translated from Arabic into French, Italian, and German. It was amongst the first Ethnic fusion hits in the world. Part of the lyrics are based on an old Egyptian folk song about homesickness and celebrating the Egyptian nation. As was the Hebrew song "Hene Ma Tov" sung word-perfect.

Amongst the venues she played outside France included Carnegie Hall in New York City, where she played in November 1978.[8] This performance marked her American début. In a review by The New York Times of Dalida's concert at Carnegie Hall, her performance was noted for its intimacy and intensity after she began to converse midway through her performance, revealing for the audience her personality.[9]

1981 marked the release of "Rio do Brasil", and several dates were played at The Olympia in Paris, emulating her successful 1980 tour. On the night of her first performance she became the first singer in the world to be awarded with a diamond disc, in recognition of her record sales which, at that point in her career, had exceeded 86 million.[10] She was therefore much ahead of American singer Madonna since she was the first person to receive this success, thus paving the way for women to deliver powerful performances. Dalida spent much of 1982 and 1984 on tour, releasing the album Les P'tits Mots in 1983, which featured hit singles "Lucas" and "Mourir Sur Scène". The album Dali was released in 1984, and was accompanied by the release of several singles, including "Soleil", "Pour te dire je t'aime", a cover of Stevie Wonder’s "I Just Called to Say I Love You", and "Kalimba de Luna", originally recorded by Tony Esposito. All three achieved moderate chart success, and her next 1986 album, Le visage de l'amour, would become her last album of completely new recordings (except the final song being "Mourir sur scène").

Other hit performances of Dalida include "The Lambeth Walk"; both in English and in French. The song "Je suis malade", written by Serge Lama and made into a success by Dalida, reflects the singer's personal torments and unhappiness. The emotions with which she sang the song is unmatched even today. At the peak of her success, an obsessed fan tried to kidnap her in Canada by using a hammer but did not succeed.[11]

Undaunted, she continued to deliver success after success: namely "Laissez-moi danser", "Besame Mucho", "A ma manière", a cover version of Édith Piaf's "La vie en rose", "Born to sing"/"Mourir sur scène", amongst others.

Dalida underwent two major eye operations in 1985, forcing her to put her career on hiatus. The fear of her childhood days return as she again had to have an operation on her eyes. The stage lights started to trouble her. In 1986, she would play the role of a young grandmother in the Youssef Chahine film "Le Sixième Jour", for which she received favourable critical response. Her last live performance took place in Antalya, Turkey, in 1987.

Personal life

Despite enormous career success, Dalida's private life was marred by a series of failed relationships and personal problems.

In January 1967, Dalida took part in the Sanremo Festival with her new lover, Italian singer, songwriter and actor Luigi Tenco. The song he presented was "Ciao amore ciao" ("Bye Love, Bye"), which he sang together with Dalida. But stressed, Tenco failed despite Dalida's performance. Tenco committed suicide on 27 January 1967, after learning that his song had been eliminated from the final competition. Tenco was found by Dalida in his hotel room with a bullet wound in his left temple and a note announcing that his gesture was against the jury and public's choices during the competition.[12] Prior to Tenco's suicide, his love for Dalida had blossomed to the point that they had become engaged to be wed.[13] One month later, Dalida attempted to commit suicide by drug overdose at the Prince of Wales hotel in Paris, spending five days in a coma and several months convalescing.[14] Dalida returned to the stage the following October.[15]

In December 1967, just after her first suicide attempt, she became pregnant by an 18-year-old Italian student, Lucio. She decided to abort but the surgery left her infertile.[16]

In September 1970 her former husband (1956-1961) Lucien Morisse, with whom she was on good terms, committed suicide, shooting himself in the head.[17]

In April 1975, her close friend singer Mike Brant leapt to his death from an apartment in Paris. He was 28.[18] Dalida had contributed to his success in France when he opened for her in 1971 at l'Olympia.[19]

In July 1983, her lover from 1972 to 1981, Richard Chanfray, committed suicide by inhaling the exhaust gas of his Renault 25 car.[20]


On Saturday night, from 2 May to 3 May 1987, Dalida committed suicide by overdosing on barbiturates.[21][22] She left behind a note which read, "La vie m'est insupportable... Pardonnez-moi." ("Life has become unbearable for me... Forgive me.")


Since her death, Dalida has become a cult figure to a new generation of fans. In 1988, the Encyclopædia Universalis commissioned a poll, which was eventually published in the French newspaper Le Monde, and which aimed to reveal the personalities who had the greatest impact on French society. Dalida polled second, behind Général de Gaulle.[23]

Place Dalida, at Montmartre

She is also a gay icon in France.[24]

In 1997, the corner of the rue Girardon and rue de l'Abreuvoir in Montmartre, Paris, was inaugurated as Place Dalida and a large bust in her memory was erected (which was quickly defaced with graffiti). In 1999, a 3-CD box-set compiling her greatest hits was released. In 2000, Dalida's longtime friend Charles Aznavour recorded the hit "De la scène à la Seine", a joyful song of her life in France, and in 2002, the French government honoured her memory with a postage stamp done in commemoration of the 15th anniversary of her death. In the same year, Universal Music Group released Dalida's early album releases in special-edition packaging, with all of the tracks digitally remastered. Her output has also been the subject of various remix albums. Since her death, many of Dalida's hits have been remixed to modern techno and dance beats, topping the charts in various countries to this day.[25]

From 11 May to September 2007, the Paris City Hall commemorated the 20th anniversary of Dalida's death with an exhibition of her outfits and previously unreleased photographs.

Stage and film adaptations of Dalida's life

In 1999 the play Solitudini – Luigi Tenco e Dalida, written and directed by Maurizio Valtieri, was performed in Rome.

In 2005, her life was documented in the two-part TV film Dalida, in the role of Dalida was Sabrina Ferilli.[26]

Lisa Azuelos is to direct a film, starring Riccardo Scamarcio, Vincent Perez, Niels Schneider, Jean-Paul Rouve, Patrick Timsit and Sveva Alviti who portrayed Dalida.[27]



This is a chronologically ordered list of films in which Dalida appeared.

Year Title Character Director Notes Ref
1949 Ghazal Al Banat(Arabic: غزل البنات, English: The Flirtation of Girls" Extra Anwar Wagdi Film, starring Leila Mourad (Arabic: ليلى مراد)
1954 Joseph et ses frères (France: French title)
a.k.a. "Joseph and His Brothers"
Film, starring Omar Sharif (Arabic: عمر الشريف)
1954 Le Masque de Toutankhamon
a.k.a. "Le trésor des pharaons" (France)
Dalida Marco de Gastyne Film, starring Gil Vidal and Samia Gamal (Arabic: سامية جمال) [28]
1954 Sigara wa Kass
a.k.a. "Un verre et une cigarette"
a.k.a. "A Cigarette and a Glass" (International: English title)
a.k.a. "A Glass and a Cigarette" (International (DVD box title) (English title))
Iolanda (as Dalila) Niazi Mostafa Film, starring Samia Gamal (Arabic: سامية جمال) [29]
1958 Vice Squad Herself Maurice Boutel Film, co-starring with Eddie Barclay [30]
1958 Rapt au deuxième bureau
a.k.a. "Operation Abduction"
Bella Morena Jean Stelli Film, co-starring with Frank Villard [31]
1960 "Che femmina... e che dollari!" (Italy: Italian title)
a.k.a. Parlez-moi d'amour (France: French title)
Laura Pisani Giorgio Simonelli Film, co-starring with Jacques Sernas [32]
1963 L'inconnue de Hong Kong
a.k.a. "Stranger from Hong-Kong" (US)
a.k.a. "The Unknown of Hong Kong" (International: English title: informal title)
Georgia la chanteuse Jacques Poitrenaud Film, co-starring with Serge Gainsbourg and Tania Béryl [33]
1966 La morale de l'histoire Herself Claude Dagues Television movie [34]
1968 13 jours en France Herself Claude Lelouch and François Reichenbach Documentary about the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France. Features Charles de Gaulle, Dalida, Johnny Hallyday and Jean-Claude Killy. (Uncredited.) [35]
1968 Menage all'italiana
a.k.a. "Marriage Italian Style" (International: English title)
Anna Franco Indovina Film, co-starring with Ugo Tognazzi [36]
1968 Io ti amo
a.k.a. "I Love You"
a.k.a. "Dalida, agapi mou" (Greece: Greek title)
Judy Antonio Margheriti Film, co-starring with Alberto Lupo [37]
1977 Comme sur des roulettes
a.k.a. "As Easy as Pie" (International: English title)
Herself Nina Companéez Film [38]
1977 Dalida: Pour toujours Herself Michel Dumoulin Documentary
1986 Le sixième jour
a.k.a. "The Sixth Day" (International: English title)
a.k.a. "Al-yawm al-Sadis" (Arabic title) (Arabic: اليوم السادس)
a.k.a. "Der sechste Tag" (Germany: German title)
Saddika Youssef Chahine
(Arabic: يوسف شاهين)
Film, co-starring with Mohsen Mohieddin [39]
1997 Le grand voyage Herself Philippe Kohly Documentary
2005 Dalida: Le Film Dalida
(singing voice)
Joyce Buñuel Television mini-series (film)
singing voice for actress Sabrina Ferilli


Year Award Country Category Result
1954 Miss Egypt Egypt Beauty competition/pageant Won
1958 Radio Monte Carlo Oscars France Radio Monte Carlo Oscar Won
1958 Paris Olympia music hall Bravos France Paris Olympia music hall Bravos (Shared recognition with Yves Montand) Won
1959 Platinum Oscar Awards Italy Platinum Oscar Award Won
1959 Golden She-Wolf Award Italy Golden She-Wolf Award Won
1959 L'Oscar de la chanson Awards France L'Oscar de la chanson Award for Best Song Won
1959 Radio Monte Carlo Oscar Awards France Radio Monte Carlo Oscar Won
1960 Grand Prix Awards Italy Grand Prix Award for Best Italian Song (Shared award with Charles Aznavour) Won
1961 Radio Monte Carlo Oscar Awards Italy Radio Monte Carlo Oscar Won
1962 Radio Monte Carlo Oscar Awards Italy Radio Monte Carlo Oscar (Shared award with Johnny Hallyday) Won
1963 Radio Monte Carlo Oscar Awards France Radio Monte Carlo Oscar for Most Successful International Artist Won
1964 Juke Box Global Oscar Awards Italy Juke Box Global Oscar for The Year's Most-Played Artist on Jukeboxes in Italy Won
1965 Cico Viola Prize Brazil Cico Viola Prize for "Zorba o Greco" Won
1966 Paris Olympia music hall Bravos France Les Bravos du Musique Hall Won
1967 Golden Caravel Awards Italy Golden Caravel Award Won
1968 Canzonissima Oscar Italy Canzonissima Oscar Won
1969 MIDEM Prize Italy MIDEM Prize for Highest Selling Musical Artist Won
1969 Radio Luxembourg Hit Parade Oscar Awards France Radio Luxembourg Hit Parade Oscar Won
1969 Radio Luxembourg Hit Parade Oscar Awards France Radio Luxembourg Hit Parade Oscar Won
1972 Popularity Oscar France Popularity Oscar for Most Popular Artist Won
1973 APPCB (Association Professionnelle de la Presse Cinématographique Belge) Awards Belgium Gold Medal Award Won
1974 Golden Gigi award Spain Golden Gigi Award (Special award) for Extraordinary Record Sales Won
1974 Golden Heart Awards Spain Golden Heart Award for Most Popular Artist in Spain Won
1975 L'Académie du Disque Français Awards France Global Oscar Oscar Mondial du Disque Award for "Gigi l'Amoroso" and "Il venait d'avoir dix-huit ans" Won
1975 Oscar Awards France Eight Oscar Awards awarded at the Olympia in recognition of extraordinary, rare, and, distinguished achievements. Won
1975 Golden Lion Awards Germany Golden Lion Won
1976 French Summer Carnaval Awards France French Summer Carnaval Award Won
1976 French Academy Awards France French Academy Award for a number one single in nine countries Won
1979 Radio Monte Carlo Awards France Belgium - Musique Award Won
1981 Goldene Europa Awards Germany Goldene Europa for Artist of the Year in Germany Won
1985 Golden Butterfly Awards Turkey Golden Butterfly Award Won
1987 Dalida Award Turkey Dalida Award (Special Award) for Best Performance in Brussels Belgium

Honours and tributes

Honour ribbon bars

Commander of the National Order of the Legion of Honour of the French Republic.

Commander of the Order of the Crown of Belgium.

Companion of the Order of Canada.

Commander of the Order of the Nile of Egypt.

Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

Bronze medal of the National defense of the French Republic.

Commandeur of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of the French Republic.


Non French Egyptian honours[43]

Posthumous tributes


Honorific eponyms

Geographic locations

Art (selection)

Dalida in contemporary music

Music from motion pictures and TV

The following Dalida songs have appeared in the formentioned motion pictures or TV series.

Year Motion picture Songs Director Ref
1961 Mädchen für die Mambo-Bar
a.k.a. "Des filles pour le mambo bar" (France: French title)

a.k.a. "$100 a Night" (US: dubbed version: English title)
a.k.a. "Girls for the Mambo-Bar" (UK)

"Am Tag, als der Regen kam" Wolfgang Glück [59]
1979 Série noire "Le Lambeth Walk" Alain Corneau [60]
1984 La Triche "Fini, la comédie" and "Je suis toutes les femmes" Yannick Bellon [61]
1991 Hors la vie (a.k.a. "Out of Life") "Salma ya salama" Maroun Bagdadi [62]
1994 Mina Tannenbaum "Il venait d'avoir 18 ans" Martine Dugowson [63]
1995 Gazon Maudit (a.k.a. "French Twist") "Bambino" Josiane Balasko [64]
1995 Pigalle Unknown Karim Dridi [65]
1996 Pédale douce "Bambino", "Salma ya salama" and "Je suis toutes les femmes" Gabriel Aghion [66]
1996 Un Air de Famille (a.k.a. "Family Resemblances" (US)) "Come prima" Cédric Klapisch [67]
1997 On connaît la chanson
a.k.a. "Same Old Song" (US)
"Paroles, paroles" Alain Resnais [68]
1997 Mémoires d'immigrés, l'héritage maghrébin "Helwa ya baladi" Yamina Benguigui [69]
1998 A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries
a.k.a. "La fille d'un soldat ne pleure jamais" (France)
a.k.a. "Soldier's Daughter Never Cries" (Australia: TV title)
"Ciao amore ciao" James Ivory [70]
1999 Novios "Gigi l'Amoroso" Joaquín Oristrell [71]
1999 Recto/Verso "Paroles, paroles" Jean-Marc Longval [72]
1999 Tontaine et Tonton "Il venait d'avoir 18 ans" and "Gigi l'amoroso" Tonie Marshall [73]
1999 Un pont entre deux rives a.k.a. "The Bridge" Unknown Gérard Depardieu [74]
2001 Souffle "Buenas noches mi amor" Muriel Coulin and Delphine Coulin [75]
2001 Mauvais genres
a.k.a. "Transfixed" (Canada: English title: festival title) (US)
a.k.a. "Bad Genres" (International: English title: festival title)
a.k.a. "Gender Bias" (US)
"Il venait d'avoir 18 ans" Francis Girod [76]
2001 Absolument fabuleux "Il venait d'avoir 18 ans" Gabriel Aghion [77]
2001 C'est la vie "Darla dirladada" Jean-Pierre Améris [78]
2001 Paroles de Bibs "Paroles, paroles" Jocelyne Lemaire-Darnaud [79]
20XX La Bonne Addresse "Pezzettini di bikini" Gary Goldman [80]
2002 L'Adversaire a.k.a. "The Adversary" "Histoire d'un amour" Nicole Garcia [81]
2003 Perduto Amor "Itsi bitsi petit bikini" Franco Battiato [82]
2005 Dalida: Le Film Principal singer on entire soundtrack Joyce Buñuel [83]
2005 L'un reste, l'autre part "Il venait d'avoir 18 ans" Claude Berri [84]
2005 The Secret Life of Words (International: English title) (UK) (US)
a.k.a. "La vida secreta de las palabras" (Spain)
a.k.a. "La vida secreta de les paraules" (Spain: Catalan title)
"Histoire d'un amour" Isabel Coixet [85]
2006 OSS 117, Le Caire nid d'espions
a.k.a. "OSS 117, Nest of Spies"
"Bambino" Michel Hazanavicius [86]
2007 Michou D'Auber "Bambino" Thomas Gilou [87]
2007 L'Ennemi intime
a.k.a. "Intimate Enemies" (Canada: English title)
"Come prima" Florent Emilio Siri [88]
2008 Mesrine : L'Instinct de mort "Romantica" and "La Danse de Zorba" Jean-François Richet [89]
2010 Les Amours Imaginaires (Canada: Original title)
a.k.a. "Heartbeats" (US) (Europe: English title: festival title)

a.k.a. Fantastikes agapes (Greece: Greek title)
a.k.a. Love, Imagined (International: English title)

"Bang Bang" Xavier Dolan [90]
2011 Les femmes du 6è étage (France: Original title)
a.k.a. "Las chicas de la 6ª planta" (Spanish title)
a.k.a. "The Women on the 6th Floor" (English title)
a.k.a. "Service Entrance"
"Itsi bitsi petit bikini" Philippe Le Guay [91]
2011 Le Skylab (France: Original title) "Bambino" Julie Delpy [92]
2014 Apprenti Gigolo "La Violetera" and "Le Torrent" John Turturro

Theatrical productions

Several theatrical productions have been made about Dalida's life. In 1999, "Solitudini – Luigi Tenco e Dalida", written and directed by Maurizio Valtieri, was performed in Rome.[93] "Dalida: Une Vie", directed by René Simard and under the authorisation of Orlando Productions, was performed from October 2003 to June 2006, in Quebec, Canada, and was shown in Beirut, Lebanon in May 2004.[94] In 2005, the play "Dalida, à quoi bon vivre au mois de mai ?", written by Joseph Agostini and Caroline Sourrisseau, was performed at the Ateliers Théâtre in Montmartre.[95]


See also


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Further reading

  • Le sixième jour, by Andrée Chedid, R. Julliard Ed., 1960, republished 1968 (Presses de la Cité), 1971 (Flammarion), 1976 (Le Livre de Poche), 1985 (Collection Castor poche), 1986 (Flammarion), 1989 (Éditions J'ai lu), 1992 (Flammarion) (Collection Vieux Fonds), ISBN 2-08-060557-7 and ISBN 978-2-08-060557-3, 1994 (Collection Librio), ISBN 2-08-060557-7 and ISBN 978-2-08-060557-3, 2003 (Flammarion) (Collection Librio), ISBN 2-290-33737-4 and ISBN 978-2-290-33737-0. (French)
  • 50 ans de chanson française : de Trenet à Bruel, by Lucien Rioux, Éditions L'Archipel, 1992, republished 1994. ISBN 2-909241-68-8 and ISBN 978-2-909241-68-5. (French)
  • L'Italia di Sanremo, by Gianni Borgna, Mondadori (Milano), 1998. ISBN 88-04-43638-7 and ISBN 978-88-04-43638-6. (Italian)
  • La chanson française et francophone, by Pierre Saka and Yann Plougastel, Éditions Larousse, 1999. ISBN 2-03-511346-6 and ISBN 978-2-03-511346-7. (French)
  • Hit-Parades, 1950–1998, by Daniel Lesueur, Éditions Alternatives et Parallèles, 1999. ISBN 2-86227-183-7 and ISBN 978-2-86227-183-5. (French)
  • Merci les artistes !, by Maritie Carpentier and Gilbert Carpentier, Éditions Anne Carrière, 2001. ISBN 2-84337-148-1 and ISBN 978-2-84337-148-6. (French)
  • Salut les Sixties, by Jean Peigné, Éditions de Fallois, 2003. ISBN 2-87706-471-9 and ISBN 978-2-87706-471-2. (French)
  • Olympia. Bruno Coquatrix, 50 ans de Music-Hall, by Jean-Michel Boris, Jean-François Brieu and Eric Didi, Éditions Hors Collection, 2003. ISBN 2-258-06234-9 and ISBN 978-2-258-06234-4. (French)
  • L'odyssée de la chanson française, by Gilles Verlant, Dominique Duforest and Christian Eudeline, Éditions Hors Collection, 2006. ISBN 2-258-07087-2 and ISBN 978-2-258-07087-5. (French)
  • Le Roman de l'Olympia, by Pierre Philippe, Les Éditions du Toucan, 2009. ISBN 2-8100-0113-8 and ISBN 978-2-8100-0113-2. (French)
  • Les Années 60: Rêves et Révolutions, by Frédéric Quinonero, Éditions D. Carpentier, 2009. ISBN 2-84167-653-6 and ISBN 978-2-84167-653-8. (French)

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