Wikipedia : This day (October 11, 1963), in Plascassier, died Édith Piaf, a French singer.
@IMDB : Piaf later toured the United States to branch out internationally. America was slow to accept the melodramatic Piaf but she persevered and eventually won legions of fans. She also continued a series of affairs with the likes of actor Paul Meurisse, composer Henry Contet and, most notably, boxing champion Marcel Cerdan.
@allmusic : She is almost universally regarded as France’s greatest popular singer. Still revered as an icon decades after her death, the Sparrow served as a touchstone for virtually every chansonnier, male or female, who followed her.
@last.fm : Despite the numerous biographies, many facts and events of Édith’s life are shrouded in mystery. She was born Édith Giovanna Gassion in Belleville, Paris, France, the high-immigration district later described by Daniel Pennac.