France remembers Piaf, Cocteau

Oct. 12, 2003 at 9:38 AM

PARIS, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- France commemorated the 40th anniversaries of the death of singer Edith Piaf and writer Jean Cocteau, the BBC reported Sunday.

The occasion was marked by a string of cultural events including free Paris exhibitions in their honor.

Piaf was 47 when she died in 1963, having gained worldwide fame with La Vie en Rose, which remains among the top 10 French-language songs ever sold.

Cocteau, an artist, filmmaker and designer as well as an acclaimed novelist, died at the age of 74.

His life is being celebrated with an exhibition at the Pompidou Centre, while Piaf is the subject of an anniversary display at the Paris town hall.

"She interpreted her life through her songs. People could identify with her in that way and she always sang of love," said Bernard Marchois, head of the Friends of Edith Piaf, who keeps 5,000 Piaf artifacts in his home.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Jennifer Lopez celebrates 46th birthday in sheer dress
Blake Shelton cuts post-divorce concert short due to lightning
End of an era: 'General Hospital' bids farewell to Anthony Geary's iconic Luke Spencer
Joe Jackson in Brazilian hospital after suffering stroke
Watch Kate Hudson, son Ryder dance to 'Trap Queen'