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Also Available in iTunes About Dalida In the course of a career lasting just over 30 years, Dalida earned 45 gold record awards and a pair of platinum records for her sales in Europe, the Middle East, and Japan.

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A superstar in France and much of the rest of Europe, Dalida enjoyed hit records in three different decades, despite an increasingly troubled personal life after the early '60s. She was born Yolande Gigliotti, the daughter of Italian parents living in Cairo.


The family lived a comfortably middle-class life until the outbreak of the Second World War; Egypt came into the war on the side of the Paroles petit papa noel and her father, because of his Italian nationality, spent four years in an internment camp. Paroles petit papa noel Gigliotti attended a religious school and studied stenography, intending to lead a nondescript life as an office worker -- by the time she was 17, however, she had blossomed into a beautiful young woman, and began entering talent and beauty competitions.

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Inthe same year that she won the title of Miss Egypt, she made her first screen appearance in an Egyptian production entitled Sigarah Wa Kas, directed by Niazi Mostafa. She began using the name "Dalila," owing to her resemblance to Hedy Lamarr in the costume epic Samson and Delilah, and this paroles petit papa noel later in France altered to Dalida.

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She left Egypt in to pursue a screen career in Paris. Dalida was cast in the film Le Masque de Toutankhamen, directed by Marco de Gastyne, but much more important to her career was a short singing stint that she took on in Paris.


She accepted an offer to sing in the intermission between acts at a club, La Villa d'Este, where she was spotted by Bruno Coquatrix, a producer at the Olympia Theater, the largest performing venue in the city, where figures such as Charles Aznavour and Edith Piaf paroles petit papa noel seen some of their greatest triumphs, and also by radio producer Lucien Morisse.

The two took her under their wing, Coquatrix paroles petit papa noel her to the French public, while Morisse later married her.

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Record producer Eddie Barclay, a former jazz pianist, signed Dalida to a contract with his own Barclay label, and her paroles petit papa noel single, "Bambino" -- which was also later a hit for the Springfields -- became a huge hit in The following year, she was awarded a gold record for a million sales of the single in Europe.

From onward, her brother, billed simply as Orlando, oversaw her recordings as producer, and could take some credit for securing her continued success in the s and beyond.

Byshe'd sold an extraordinary 30 million records worldwide, though all of those sales were in the non-English speaking world, from the Middle East to Germany.

Like her contemporary Petula Clark, whose career also made the jump from the s to the s, Dalida went through several transitions in image -- from dark hair and makeup and elegant gowns in the mid-'50s, looking paroles petit papa noel an Italian Alma Cogan, into a striking blonde in revealing outfits and shorter skirts in the s and beyond, so much so that it was difficult to believe that she was the same performer.

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She maintained a screen career as well, appearing in over a dozen movies in France and Italy from through the end of the s, ranging from spy thrillers like Rapt Aux Deuxieme Bureau to frothy sex comedies such as Menage Italian Style Between her twin singing and movie careers, she was linked professionally, personally, and romantically in the press to a succession of men including actor Alain Delon and Eddie Barclay before she married Lucien Morisse, but that marriage didn't last far into the s.

A heavy performing paroles petit papa noel, coupled with an unsettled romantic life, took their toll. The singer's life took a sudden dark turn, closer paroles petit papa noel that of Edith Piaf than to Petula Clark, when her then-current lover Luigi Tenco, a singer, killed himself at the San Remo Festival after failing to qualify for a spot on the program.


Dalida, who found the body, made the paroles petit papa noel of several suicide attempts soon after. Following her recovery, she restarted her career in a slightly different direction, recording more serious and thoughtful songs -- among the more notable of these was "Salwa wa Sala," which translates as "Safe and Sound," which was issued to celebrate the release of Egyptian POW's from the Yom Kippur War by the state of Israel.

Although no less a figure than Norman Granz, of Verve Records fame, was interested in bringing Dalida to the United States init paroles petit papa noel her 21 years to make her American debut.

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On the eve paroles petit papa noel that debut, at Carnegie Hall in New York, writer Anthony Haden-Guest described her fandom, especially in France, as cult-like in its dedication, but non-existent in the United States, where she never charted a record.

Since the s, when she'd adapted to the disco boom and released the pioneering French disco hit "J'attendrai"she'd also acquired a significant gay audience in France, which was drawn to her outsized press image and also the angst surrounding her personal life. Her ex-husband Lucien Morisse took his own life sometime after her attempt at suicide in the wake of Tenco's death, paroles petit papa noel Haden-Guest compared her to Judy Garland, though musically she was closer to Astrud Gilberto.

Dalida's later involvement marriage to a man identified as the Count of St.

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