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3 May: Tribute to Dalida

3 May: Tribute to Dalida

Dalida (17 January 1933 – 3 May 1987), also known as Iolanda Cristina Gigliotti, was an Italian-French singer and actress. She sang in eleven languages and sold millions of records internationally. Her best-known songs are “Bambino”, “Gondolier”, “Les enfants du Pirée”, “Le temps des fleurs”, “Darla dirladada”, “J’attendrai”, and “Paroles, paroles” featuring spoken word by Alain Delon.

Life and Career

She was born on 17 January 1933 in in Cairo, Kingdom of Egypt. She began her career in the 1950s as a singer in France. She had a successful career spanning several decades and recorded many hits in multiple languages, including French, Italian, German, Arabic, and English. She sold over 170 million records worldwide and received numerous awards and accolades throughout her career. Dalida was known for her powerful voice and emotive performances. She also acted in several films, including “La Fille de l’Eau” (1956) and “La vie continue” (1958). In 1987, Dalida committed suicide on  3 May 1987 the age of 54 due to personal issues. Despite her tragic death, her legacy continues to live on through her music and cultural impact.

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Award and Legacy

Dalida received many awards and accolades throughout her career, including several gold and platinum records, and several awards for her acting performances. Some of her most notable awards include:

  • The “Grand Prix du Disque” from the Académie Charles Cros for her album “Italie” (1956)
  • The “Grand Prix de l’Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma” for her role in the film “La fille de l’eau” (1956)
  • The “Prix de l’Académie des Arts et Lettres” (1958)
  • The “Prix de l’Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma” for her role in the film “La vie continue” (1958)
  • The “Prix de l’Académie de la Chanson Française” (1978)
  • The “Prix de la Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Editeurs de Musique” (1978)
  • The “Prix de l’Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma” (1980)
  • The “Prix de l’Académie de la Chanson Française” (1981)
  • The “Prix de la Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Editeurs de Musique” (1981)

Her legacy continues to live on through her music, which continues to be popular in France and other countries around the world. In addition, her personal life and the way she dealt with her emotions and her death has become a topic of discussion and admiration in francophone countries. On 17 January 2019, Google Doodle celebrated Dalida’s 86th Birthday.

OV Digital Desk

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