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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.
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Prince Albert does not endorse Kidman's 'Grace of Monaco' film

Prince Albert does not endorse Kidman's 'Grace of Monaco' film

MONACO, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Monaco's royal family says "Grace of Monaco," a film starring Nicole Kidman as actress-turned-princess Grace Kelly, does not have its blessing.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012.
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Bastille Day celebration set for ex-prison

PHILADELPHIA, June 14 (UPI) -- Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary will celebrate Bastille Day July 14 with a theatrical performance including Tastykakes being thrown from its towers.

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UPI Almanac for Monday, Dec. 19, 2011.
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Cotillard wins best actress Oscar

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Marion Cotillard won the Oscar best actress in Los Angeles Sunday for her portrayal of iconic French singer Edith Piaf in "La Vie En Rose."
'La Vie En Rose' wins 4 BAFTAs

'La Vie En Rose' wins 4 BAFTAs

LONDON, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- "La Vie En Rose" earned four Orange British Academy Film Awards in London Sunday.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007.
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The Almanac

UPI almanac for Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006.
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Paris cemetery targeted by art thieves

PARIS, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Thieves have targeted Paris' famous Pere Lachaise Cemetery, the last resting place of Moliere, Marcel Proust, Edith Piaf and Jim Morrison.

Songwriter Anna Marly dead at age 88

PALMER, Alaska, March 13 (UPI) -- Songwriter Anna Marly, best known for her melody that became the French Resistance anthem in World War II, has died in Palmer, Alaska, at age 88.

The Almanac

This is Monday, Dec. 19, the 353rd day of 2005 with 12 to follow.
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France votes de Gaulle greatest Frenchman

PARIS, April 6 (UPI) -- French TV viewers have selected the late President Charles de Gaulle as the greatest Frenchman of all time.

Jockstrip: The world as we know it

Poll finds de Gaulle greatest Frenchman ... Hydrogen bike faulted for being too quiet ... Antique peat bucket sells for $246,000 ... The world as we know it from UPI.
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Edith Piaf
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Édith Piaf (French pronunciation: ; 19 December 1915 – 11 October 1963), born Édith Giovanna Gassion, was a French singer and cultural icon who became universally regarded as France's greatest popular singer. Her singing reflected her life, with her specialty being ballads. Among her songs are "La Vie en rose" (1946), "Non, je ne regrette rien" (1960), "Hymne à l'amour" (1949), "Milord" (1959), "La Foule" (1957), "l'Accordéoniste" (1955), and "Padam... Padam..." (1951).

Despite numerous biographies, much of Piaf's life is shrouded in mystery. She was born Édith Giovanna Gassion in Belleville, Paris, a high-immigration district. Legend has it that she was born on the pavement of Rue de Belleville 72, but her birth certificate cites the Hôpital Tenon, the hospital for the 20th arrondissement of which Belleville is part.

She was named Édith after the World War I British nurse Edith Cavell, who was executed for helping French soldiers escape from German captivity. Piaf—a Francilien colloquialism for "sparrow"—was a nickname she would receive 20 years later.

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