NPR Music: France Says Vive Édith
Piaf, One More Time
by Anita Elash
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end of her life
to enjoy a huge following
to swoon on
there's nothing like
to get one's heart racing
packed to the rafters
A life in pink and black (Piaf une vie en rose et noir)
Céline Grangeux (?)
My Legionnaire (Mon
Légionnaire (lyrics) audio
to sing along
(= little sparrow, kid)
to play to packed houses
to put s.o. at the top
à la mode = fashionable
to undergo an amazing transformation
the worn-out shell
in all its tragic glory
to get backing from
to rake it in
at the box office
Les Halles district
for all these years
Vie en Rose ("Life through rose-colored glasses") English
North American audiences
to get one's chance
to swoon over
je ne regrette rien lyrics
("No, I regret nothing")
Listening comprehension questions:
1. a. What does "Vive Édith
Piaf" in the title of this report mean? b.
What does "to rake it in" mean?
2. What kind of childhood did
3. When and how did she die, and
at what age?
4. How did some people feel about
Édith Piaf before the movie "La Môme" came out, and how
did they feel after it came out, according to Natalie Lhermitte, lead in the
play "Piaf: A life in pink and black"?
5. Why do you think Hollywood
felt Édith Piaf wasn't "bankable"?
6. Besides the movie "La
Môme", what other recent tributes are there to Édith Piaf?
7. How do you feel about Piaf's
music, based on what you've heard in this report?
8. What is it about lives like
Piaf's, do you think, that fascinates so many people?