50 years after her death, Paris remembers Edith Piaf
PARIS (AFP) - In the end there was nobody she could not win over.
Fifty years after her death, Edith Piaf will on Thursday be remembered in the working-class Paris neighbourhood that produced one of the world's greatest, and most tragic, performers.
And even the Catholic Church, which refused to grant the divorced, hard-living singer a funeral mass following her death, aged 47, on Oct 10, 1963, has come round to embracing "the little sparrow" with the unmistakeable voice.
A memorial mass, presided over by one of the Paris diocese's auxiliary bishops, will be held at 5pm at St Jean-Baptiste, the parish church in the Belleville district where Piaf was born to - and soon abandoned by - her singer mother.