She was born in Belleville Paris to a circus performing father and street-singing mother. Piaf’s songs and
singing style seemed to reflect the tragedies of her own difficult life. Edith Giovanna Gassion, known as
Edith Piaf (1915-1963), was a French music hall/cabaret singer whose specialty was the love ballad. Here
are 9 interesting facts about Edith Piaf.
#1. She was blind
Her mother, abandoned her at birth, and she was taken in by her grandmother, who reared the girl in a
brothel. Piaf reportedly became blind at age three as a complication of meningitis but recovered her sight
four years later. At 14 she rejoined her father in the circus.