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Dalida black gown Asia.png
Dalida in Hong Kong, 1963
Born Iolanda Cristina Gigliotti
(1933-01-17)17 January 1933
Cairo, Egypt
Died 3 May 1987(1987-05-03) (aged 54)
Paris, France
Cause of death Suicide by Barbiturate Overdose
Resting place Montmartre Cemetery, Paris, France
48°53′16″N 2°19′49″E / 48.88778°N 2.33028°E / 48.88778; 2.33028
Monuments Place Dalida, Paris, France
Statue of Dalida at Montmartre Cemetery, Paris, France
Residence Rue d'Orchampt 11 bis
Montmartre, Paris, France
Other names

Yolanda Gigliotti

Mademoiselle Bambino

Mademoiselle succès

Mademoiselle jukebox

La vedette

Reine du disco (queen of disco)
Occupation Singer, actress
Years active 1956–1987 (singer)
1954–1986 (actress)
Style Chanson, classical, eurodisco, europop, exotica, popular, disco, Franco Arabic, world, yé-yé
Title Miss Egypt 1954
Spouse(s) Lucien Morisse

Médaille de la Présidence de la République by Général de Gaulle

Prix de l'Académie du Disque Français.

Iolanda Cristina Gigliotti[1] (Italian: [joˈlanda krisˈtina dʒiʎˈʎɔtti]; 17 January 1933 – 3 May 1987), better known as Dalida (Egyptian Arabic: داليدا‎), was a French singer and actress. She spent most of her career in France and acquired French citizenship in 1961, while maintaining her original dual Egyptian-Italian nationality.

She won the Miss Egypt beauty contest in 1954.[2] She performed and recorded in 11 languages (French, Italian, German, Spanish, English, Egyptian and Lebanese Arabic, Japanese, Hebrew, Flemish Dutch and Greek). Twice honoured with the “Oscar mondial du succès du disque” (World Oscar of Recording Success), she is the only singer to have won this award more than once. In the course of her career she pioneered in numerous musical styles as a singer, and she has paved the way for generations of singers and artists. Also, on the European scene, she popularized a few musical genres; twist (as dance), pop, disco, reggae, and brought raï to the global proportions.

Her 30-year career began in 1956 and ended with her last album in 1986, months before her death she continued to perform, her last concert tour, took place in Turkey. Her suicide led to an iconic image as a tragic diva and renowned singer. She received more than 90 gold records and was the first singer to receive platinum and diamond records.[3] Dalida has sold well over 110 million albums and singles worldwide.[4][5][6][7][8]


Yolanda Cristina Gigliotti was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt. Her family immigrated from Serrastretta, Calabria, Italy during the 1920s and settled in the Shoubra area of Cairo, where Dalida was born. Dalida's father, Pietro Gigliotti (1904-1945), was primo violino (first violinist) at the Cairo Opera House, Dalida′s mother Giuseppina (née Rose 1906-1971) was a seamstress. She was the middle child in between two brothers, Orlando and Bruno (who would later in Dalida's career change his name to Orlando like his brother and become her manager in the 1966). Dalida's early life was spent in the district of Shoubra, where she attended the Scuola Tecnica Commerciale Maria Ausiliatrice, an Italian Catholic school.

In 1951, Dalida participated in Miss Ondine, a minor Cairo beauty pageant, and won the title. Shortly after that, she began working as a model for Donna, a Cairo-based fashion house.

In 1954, at the age of 20, Dalida competed in and won the Miss Egypt pageant, and was crowned Miss Egypt.[2] One of the pageant prizes was role in movie called "Sigara wa kass" (Cigarette and a glass). The movie was filmed in 1954. It was then that she was spotted by French director Marc de Gastyne and, much to the reluctance of her family, she moved to Paris on Christmas Eve of the same year with the intention of pursuing a career in motion pictures. It was at about this time she adopted the Middle-Eastern name of Dalila, which was soon changed to the more familiar Dalida. After coming to Paris in late 1954, it took Dalida 1 more year to settle and establish herself. In her singing career (1956-1987) Dalida appeared around 80 times as #1 on charts in four languages (French, Italian, German, and Arabic) and has a long list of top 10, and top 20 hits in French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Arabic, and accumulated myriad top selling singles and albums largely in France, Europe, Russia, the Arab World, Japan, Eastern and Southeastern Asia, Canada (Quebec) and the rest of Francophone world spanning for thirty years. During her life she sold 85 million records, collected 71 gold, 5 platinum and 1 diamond record. She is the first female singer to receive a gold record (1957) and first person ever to receive platinum (1964) and diamond (1981) records. Platinum and diamond record certificates were invented for her. After her death she has sold over 25 million of records and CDs together, and collected 23 gold records, 3 platinum and 1 diamond.

Today she is icon in France and remains and extremely popular singer in other French speaking countries. Dalida's mother tongue was Italian. She learned Egyptian Arabic and French growing up in Cairo, and improved her French after establishing herself in Paris in 1954. She later added English, plus conversational-level German and Spanish. When she became a pop and music icon in Japan, she also acquired enough basic Japanese to greet her fans in their own language. Her concerts there were met with almost unprecedented enthusiasm and once during a concert in Japan, Dalida felt ill and could not continue performing: the organisers expected an enraged reaction due to the cancellation of the concert, but when she came onstage and explained to her fans that she could not perform, she was met with great applause and her name echoed everywhere.

 Dalida in Paris in 1961.
Dalida in Paris in 1961.


1956–1959 Debut

 Dalida in Rome, Italy, 1961
Dalida in Rome, Italy, 1961

Dalida's singing career started in Egypt, when she was discovered by Cherif Kamel, host of the "Hit Parade" at the Gezira Sporting Club during the early 1950s. Encouraged with recently earned money from "Sigara wa kass", she moved to Paris on Christmas Eve of 1954. Then Dalila, she tried to find role in movie but her quest for a career in French cinema proved to be of limited success. Instead, she began taking singing lessons, and in 1955 was booked as a cabaret act on the Champs-Élysées, which proved successful. It was then when changed her name to Dalida. Performing the song "Étrangère au Paradis" in a variety show auditions at recently opened Olympia theatre, owned by Bruno Coquatrix, she was introduced to Lucien Morisse and Eddie Barclay. That trio played a considerable part in launching the starlet's career.

Morisse was artistic producer of the new Radio Europe 1 and Barclay was an established record producer and label owner. Both three men liked her immediately and Barclay decided to indroduce her a contract. Coquatrix will tell that "... her voice is full of colour and volume, and has all that men love: gentleness, sensuality and eroticism." She signed 1 year recording contract with Barclay that consisted release of 10 EPs with addition of 2 LPs. Dalida's debut EP in 1956 contained her first ever recorded song "Madona", that was promoted heavily by Morisse, and was a moderate success. However, the release of "Bambino" on her third EP in late 1956 would prove to be triumph – it spent 45 weeks as #1 in French charts, and later in top 10 and 20. Bambino still holds charts record and remains one of the biggest selling songs in French history. It gained Dalida her first gold disc, presented on 19 September 1957. Also, it was first gold dics in history presented to a woman. Bambino echoed everywhere in France and was a success beyond the French frontiers (Egypt, Italy, Benelux, Switzerland). It made Dalida overnight star. Immediately her contract was extended for 2 more years. In the same year at Olympia she would support Charles Aznavour. Release of "Bambino" was followed up with release of her first album in early 1957 titled Son nom est Dalida (Her name is Dalida). On Christmas 1957 Exotic-sounding "Gondolier" was released. She didn't wait to achieve more success; Gongolier replaced Bambino as #1. From that point, topping charts of various countries became Dalida's successful rhythm that continued until her death.

She soon started singing in German and Italian, and releasing songs there. In 1958 she received a golden disc in Germany for "Am tag als der Regen kam" which reached #1 in the German charts and stayed for several months. Dalida became singer of the year in 1958 in Germany. She toured extensively up to 1959 performing in sold out concerts in France, Egypt, Italy, Germany and the United States. Her tours of Egypt and Italy spread her fame outside France and Dalida soon became well known throughout Europe. However, she waited too long before entering America's music scene, and though great names of the American music industry wanted to introduce her to the English speaking market, she refused an "American contract" in 1959. Histoire d'un amour (1956), Come prima(1958), Ciao ciao bambina(1959), Guitare et Tambourin(1959); these classical songs mark the first phase of Dalida's career and maintain their charm even today. By the end of 1959, 3 and a half years after her debut, she already had a collection of 9 gold records from France and Germany, 6 #1 singles and sold 5 million records.

1960-1966 International star

 Dalida in 1960
Dalida in 1960

Dalida entered the 1960s with an exotic-high vocal style of ballades. Her debut in 1960 was marked by the release of a big hit "Les enfants du Pirée "(Never on Sunday) that spent 9 weeks as #1 and was certificated gold. But then a new wave of music appeared, and in France it was known as yé-yé by new and unknown young singers. For Dalida they were her rivals. She was angered to see that charts are occupied by songs that became hits and disappear from the charts quickly. She knew that her genre of music was likely to lose the interest of her current and futur fans, so she decided to adapt, but in her way. Combining styles (twist, exotica, rock n roll), she had a whole new musical style in less than 2 month, and kept it with only minor changes until 1967. Recording the song "Itsi bitsi petit bikini" in November 1960 secured her popularity. The song was a smash hit peaking #1 and made all of France dance for over 3 months. It is arguably during this period, that she became favorite singer of the french. The same year "Romantica" and "T'aimer follement" peaked at #1 and were also certificated gold. In future years she would produces dozens of new songs that topped charts not just in France, but in Germany, Italy, Spain, Arabic countries and extend her reach to a truly international level. During the 1960s Dalida would perform shows for a period of over a month spanning 3 years, at L'Olympia (1961, 1964, 1967), all of them sell-outs. 3 weeks of concerts in 1961 at L'Olympia were triumphs and were broadcast live on French radio stations. Shortly afterwards Dalida embarked upon a tour of Hong Kong and Vietnam. Also other international dates became more frequent (the Arab world, Germany, Italy, and the rest of Europe). During this year she became one of the best known and popular singers in Italy. The year 1962 was marked with the release of "Le jour le plus long", another #1 hit.

In 1963 she released song "Eux". It was also big hit and it was the most played jukebox song of 1963 in France. The same year she was also the most played artist on Italian jukeboxes. Combined with its sales, "Eux" gained Dalida her first platinum record. It was the first platinum record awarded to a singing artist. Same year she triumphed at L'Olympia once again. Many of the era's popular personalities from French show business and the political scene, attended her Olympia 64 concert. Again she toured in 1964, she travelled to the Balkans (Bulgaria, Romania). In 1965 she released "La danse de Zorba", that peaked at #1 for 6 weeks and received a gold certificate, it also won a Brazilian award "Cico Viola" and was certificated a gold record in Brazil. Mikis Theodorakis personally adapted the song for her in French[9] and Italian.[10]

Some of her other 60s hits were; "Garde-moi la dernière danse"(1961), "Papa achète moi un Juke box"(1962), "Le petit Gonzales"(1962), "Bonsoir mon amour"(1964), ""(1966) and "Bang bang"(1966). Her songs from this period are today widely known as "typicall 60's music." In the course of 7 years, Dalida collected 15 gold records, 1 platinum and sold well over 16 million of records.

In late 1966, her record producer Eddie Barclay introduced her to Luigi Tenco, young and upcoming Italian singer and song writer. Shortly after, they embarked on a legendary love affair, and had planned to wed. They performed at the Sanremo music festival of 1967. Dalida was the big star and Tenco was emerging as a rising star himself. They both took turns performing a song written by Tenco entitled "Ciao amore, ciao". Tenco, in protest after being disqualified from the competition, committed suicide. Dalida was first on the scene to find the corpse, he had tragically shot himself in the head. Engulfed with grief, Dalida attempted suicide at the Prince de Galles Hotel in Paris, where they would often meet for romantic encounters. Her comatose body was discovered by a maid and rushed to hospital. She had consumed an alarming quantity of sleeping pills, but was reanimated a few days later. This marked the darkest period for Dalida, she had lost the love of her life and wanted to take her own to join him. She commenced a deep spiritual journey, that would take her to India and was able to regain control of her life and career.

1967-1973 Icon

In the first few weeks of 1967, Dalida released the French version of “Ciao amore, ciao” as a single. Again, in November of that year, she performed for 4 weeks at L'Olympia, all sold out shows. Following the first concert she released, album named after L'Olympia called Olympia67. The album contained new songs alongside with "Ciao amore, ciao" that received a gold certificate. It was during this period, the she entered a routine of performing at L'Olympia ever 3 to 4 years. She also became the first person in Italy to achieve a #1 hit on the official Italian Hit parade chart. Back in France in late 1967, she recorded a well liked Russian nostalgic song "Le temps des fleurs." Following it's release in ealry 1968, the song peaked at #1 for 9 weeks and received a gold certificate. The same year she won the "Oscar de Canzonissima", awarded by the biggest TV show in Italy. In December, she was awarded the "Médaille de la Présidence de la République" by General Charles de Gaulle, then French president. She is the only person from show business milieu to ever have received this medal. In this period her repertoire changed completely. In 1968, after gaining a keen interest in academia (Freud, David Cooper, Jean Hamburger…), she chose to sing songs with more profound lyrics. She tried to probe into her inner-self and declared that she would sing only those songs which have a meaning for her. Every year's new releases were melachonic or fully attached with her personal life. That was completely influenced by Tenco's death. Also from 1969 to 1972 she would frequently go to Asia on spiritual recoveries with gurus. The first few years of 1970s became a transitional period for the singer, highlighted by successful touring through Europe, Asia and Japan. She recorded a very popular hit based on a Greek folk song called "Darla dirla dada" in 1970. Then she started to add more joyfull songs to her repertoire. Bruno Coquatrix was dubious about Dalida's career evolution, and was hesitant to book her for a series of performances in 1971. Dalida booked and payed for the concert hall at L'Olympia herself, and all 30 days of the show were met with an impressive response from fans. Again the concerts were a sold out triumph, and Dalida entered the 70s more popular than ever. She again released album named after L'Olympia, but this time Olympia71 was released as live album (first live LP in her career). All of her three Olympia albums from 70s were live recordings. During 1972 she recorded the French version of the theme from The Godfather, as "Parle plus bas". It was a huge and instant hit selling over 500 000 copies in one month and peaking at #1 on the charts for several weeks and earning a gold certificate. That same year she met Richard Chanfray, a socialite known as the Count of StGermain. The following year, in 1973, more triumphs awaited Dalida. The recording of "Paroles Paroles" a duet with international French film star Alain Delon, became the best selling French language duet in history. The song became a major hit for months and was the number one single in France and Japan and various European countries. It was played consistently on radio, at the request of listeners, even in countries where Dalida never released any songs such as the former Yugoslavia and Hungary. The song is still revered to this day as a masterpiece of French 70s pop music. Some of her other hits from this period were the German version of "Petruska"(1969)" in Germany and the Italian version of "Mamy Blue"(1971) in Italy. During these 7 years she received 12 gold records and sold 19 million albums and singles.

1974-1975 Zenith

By the end of 1973 Dalida released a promotional single, on the A side "Il venait d'avoir 18 ans" and the B side "Non ce n’est pas pour moi". At the same time she released the album "Julien" that gatheres most of her 1973 songs. The song "Il venait d'avoir 18 ans" quickly started gaining success and it was again released in beginning of 1974 but as the B-side to single's A-side "Gigi l'amoroso". That single smashed all records in outstanding time and beat all previous sales of her releases, from "Bambino", "Itsi bitsi petit bikini" and "Paroles paroles". The single, by itself, sold 4.5 million copies throughout Europe and peaked at #1 in 9 countries. the single beat the record held by Frank Sinatra's "Strangers in the night" from 1966 as the most sold single in Benelux (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg), for which she received a platinum record. Dalida still holds this sale record to this day. "Gigi l'amoroso" alone charted at #1 in 4 more countries and sold 4 million more copies after its release. "Il venait d'avoir 18 ans" sold an additional 3 million copies. That makes Gigi l'amoroso, Dalida's biggest hit. Her first performance of both songs was during her concerts at L'Olympia in 1974. Her 4 weeks at this venue were completely sold out, which led to another live album entitled Olympia75. "Il venait d'avoir 18 ans" received gold certificates from 6 countries and "Gigi l'amoroso" from 5. They were presented to Dalida during a special award event at L'Olympia in 1975. These 2 songs remain cult classics known by everyone in France and in other French speaking countries. Today, "Il venait d'avoir 18 ans" alongside with Edith Piaf's "La vie en rose" are revered as classic French evergreen songs. In total, up to this day, approximate sales for "Gigi l'amoroso" on all releases combined have surpassed 10 million copies sold, and "Il venait d'avoir 18 ans" is ranked at 8 million copies sold. In February 1975, French music critics awarded the singer with the prestigious "Prix de l'Académie du Disque Français". Touring non-stop from 1974 to 1975, this period is marked by unprecedented sales for Dalida. During 1975, she released a duet "Et de l'amour de l'amour" with her partner Richard Chanfray. It was also certificated as gold.

1976–1980 Disco queen

By the end of 1975, Dalida released a new album that gathered some songs from singles released in 1974 and 1975 plus some new material. Most of the songs were from the same genre, except for the title song "J'attendrai" that was classified as a disco song. "J'attendrai" immediately gained success and was released as a single in January of 1976. It reached #1 in French and many other European countries and charted for months as the top disco hit in France and the Benelux countries. This single, is considered the first French language disco hit of the era. Having achieving this milestone, Dalida holds title of the inventor of French disco. In the following years, Dalida recordered a great number of disco songs as quickly became known as France's "Disco Queen." Around the same time, the popularity of music variety shows in France was soaring, and Dalida started making television appearances on a weekly basis in France and across Europe. Following her newly found disco success, in mid 1976 she released new album with completely new songs, most of them in the disco genre. The most notable one was "Besame mucho". Again a hit, and recahed #1 for several months and was released in all discothèques throughout Europe and Turkey. The year 1977, was a year of enormous success for Dalida in her private and professional life. She released 3 albums. One of them was the live album Olympia77, released following 4 weeks of triumph at L'Olympia. The other 2, were albums with completely new tracks. "Salma Ya Salama" was the biggest hit of year, and became the first Raï song to top the charts around the world. Due to its success in the original Arabic version, the song was translated and recorded by Dalida in French, Italian, and German. Part of the lyrics are based on an old Egyptian folk song about homesickness and celebrating the Egyptian nation. Continuing to tour the world, for the first time since the late 1950s, she included the New York City in her list of venues. Dalida played for 2 nights at Carnegie Hall in New York, where she appeared in November of 1978. The New York Times review of the Carnegie Hall concert, stated that Dalida's performance was noted for its intimacy and intensity after she began to converse midway through it, revealing her personality. Having not been well know to American audiences, most of the tickets were sold to French and European citizens. The concerts were almost sold out, but nevertheless it was another triumph for her. Due to the success of the concerts in the Big Apple, she was offered once again a contract with the Americans, but she refused it for a second time. Undaunted, she continued to deliver hits. The same year she made big step in the music industry by releasing some of the first remixes in history. "Generation78" and "Ça me fait rêver"(That makes me dream). Also, her first official video for "Generation78". Both songs were big disco hits and reached #1 in French and charted across Europe for several months and were certificated gold. In February, during her 1977 Canadian tour, an obsessed fan in Quebec City, tried to kidnap her by using a hammer but did not succeed. The event was well documented by newspapers and was a widely discussed story at the time. Other hit performances of Dalida that year, include "The Lambeth Walk" sung in both English and in French. The song "Je suis malade", written and originally performed by Serge Lama was made into a success by Dalida during 1977, although she originally released it in 1973. In 1979 Dalida recorded her biggest disco hit "Monday, Tuesday... Laissez-moi danser"(Monday Tuesday...let me dance). The song was a smash hit peaking at #1 instantly on French charts and in several other countries. It spent 4 months at #1 and then stayed in the top 10 and top 20 lists. By the end of 1979, she released a semi-autobiographycal song named "Comme disait Mistinguett" where she, trought music, speaks about herself in a humorous way. The song was released in late 1979 and charted at #1. The beginning of 1980 was marked by the release of another disco hit "Rio do Brasil", also a chart topper. Then she released the album "Gigi in Paradisco", named after the title song that was a sequel to her previous hit "Gigi l'amoroso". In 1979, Dalida met Lester Wilson (John Travolta's choreographer from Saturday Night Fever), they agreed to work together and he became her choreographer for her upcoming show at the Palais des Sports. The show opened in January of 1980. In total, Dalida performed for 3 hour shows for a period of 15 days, had more than 10 costume changes, 12 backup dancers, and a total of 90 000 fans in attendance. Palais des Sports (Paris) was the largest venue in Paris and also one of biggest in France. Following the closure of her shows at the Palais des sports, Dalida released a double live album Le spectacle du Palais des Sports 1980 certificated double gold and set out on a European tour and minor World tour. She toured in almost all of Western and Eastern Europe, except the former Yugoslavia and the USSR. Furthermore, she held concerts in Brazil, the USA and Canada. When she came back, Dalida organized a tour throughout France delivering more than 20 sold out concerts monthly across the country. In 1980, problems in her private life appeared again. Her inner anxieties were well reflected in the profound and personal song "A ma manière" that subsequently became a notable hit for her. During this period, record sales and public performances attained record breaking numbers, this certified Dalida as a force to reckon with. Dalida established herself solidly as the true Disco Queen of France and accumulated album sales of up to 20 million units, and received 15 gold records and 3 platinum.

1981-1984 Diva

Very quickly, Dalida started to transition away from disco and concentrated on singing slower and deeper ballads using with tipicall 80s instruments and sounds. In 1981, Dalida would terminate her relationship with Richard Chanfray. That year she started to perform more often her 1973 song "Je suis malade" ("I am sick"). Performances of that song during this year are amongst her most memorable. The song also become a signature staple track. Dalida had popularized "Je suis malade" globally, the song clearly reflects her personal torments and unhappiness. From March to April of 1981 she held a month of sold out concerts at L'Olympia in Paris, emulating her successful 1980 tour. It became her last series of concerts at L'Olympia, the following year the concert hall, went bankrupt (it was subsequently revived in 1989). On the night of her inaugural performance, she became the first singer to be awarded a diamond record, in recognition for her record sales which, at that point in her career, have reached 95 million. After being the first artist to receive a platinum record, she was also the first to receive a diamond record. Once more, Dalida pioneered in show business paving the way for women to deliver powerful performances in the upcoming 1980s. The performance at L'Olympia was followed up by the release of her last Olympia entitled album "Olympia81", but this time not it was not a live recording. The new album, containing a completely new repertoire of songs, was a large success and was certificated gold. The big hit of the year was "Fini la comédie" (The comedy is over). It stayed 2 months at #1 on French charts. At the end of 1981, Dalida appeared in a New Year TV special called "Spécial Dalida". She was the host and sang her chart topping songs one after the other.

In the beginning of 1982, she collected many TV appearances singing songs not yet released. This resulted in the release of a new dance album named "Spécial Dalida". The album was a massive success, most of songs were hits. She was now ruling dance floors once again. Most notable songs from album are "Jouez bouzouki", "Danza" sung in Italian and slow ballade "Nostalgie". All of them charted #1. Same year she was classified as the third most infulental woman in France, the only person from show business to appear on that list. Dalida launched a new world tour in 1982 which spanned until 1984. Offering sold out concerts in Rio de Janeiro, Europe and Asia. TV appearances were often in the early 1980s, almost every second week in France and numerous times in Germany and Spain. In the summer of 1982, during the FIFA world cup, just like many other singers, Dalida released a song for the French team called "La chanson du Mundial". It peaked at #1 for several weeks and was a very loved anthem in France. French football players used to often sing it in the dressing rooms. In the first part of 1983, she released several songs and most notably "Mourir sur scene". The song topped the charts very quickly and was certificated gold. This 80s pop song has very profound lyrics and has stayed one of Dalida's signature tracks. "Mourir sur scene" is considered her last large selling single. Most of her songs in 1983 were presented on an album released in mid 1983 named "Les p'tits mots", which featured other hit singles like "Lucas" and "Bravo". By the beginning of 1984, Dalida's private problems escalated again, she could not dedicate as much as time to her career as she wanted. Alltrought she recorded more dance pop songs, such as "Soleil" and "Kalimba de Luna". Both achieved moderate chart success because of less promotion by the star. "Pour te dire je t'aime"(the French cover of Stevie Wonder's "I just called to say I love you") became a moderate hit. In mid 1984 she recorded the album "Dali" gathering all her songs from that year. To promote the album, a television special later released on VHS named “Dalida Idéale”, it was directed by then highly rated director Jean-Christophe Averty. This hugely campy television special includes Dalida singing in 7 languages and dancing her way through a huge number of her earlier hits, all with the best special effects available at the time. Dalida also had a prestigious wardrobe during this show, changing into more than 40 outfits from the best French and international fashion designers, showing off her amazing figure for a woman of her age and keeping her "Glamour" and "DIVA" trademark gained during the disco era in the late seventies. She became singer of the year in 1984 in Germany. For the first time ever, Dalida refused an honor; "La légion d'honneur". In this dance-pop period Dalida sold 7 million records and was awarded 4 gold records and one diamond record.

1985-1987 Last years

Dalida's eye problems returned again. She underwent two major eye surgeries in 1985, and she put her career on hiatus since stage lights started to become difficult for her to endure. She released "Reviens-moi", a cover of George Michael's "Last Christmas." In 1985 she would have some live performances, and many TV appearances. When her eyes got better in mid 1985, she accepted the role of a grandmother in the Youssef Chahine film "Le Sixième Jour". As she always wanted to become actress, she neglected her singing and fully devoted herself to the role. She returned to France to promote movie in late 1985. In 1986 she released the album "Le visage de l'amour" with completely new recordings. It would become her last album. "Le temps d'aimer" and "Le Vénitien de Levallois" were minor hit songs. She did promote the album, but not as well as she used to do previously. That was caused by unhappiness in her private life that had never been worse since 1967. Dalida spent more and more time alone in her home and was seldom seen going out with her friends.

By the beginning of 1987 Dalida was entering into severe depression. No new songs had been recorded, but she was touring globe from Los Angeles to the Middle East. Her last live TV appearance was at the "Nuit des César" on the 7th of March 1987. Her last live performance took place in Antalya, Turkey, from the 27th to 29th of April 1987, just before her suicide on May 3rd 1987.[11]

Personal life

While Dalida was professionally very successful, her private life was marred by a series of failed relationships and personal problems.

In January 1967, she took part in the Sanremo Festival with her new lover, Italian singer, songwriter, and actor Luigi Tenco. The song he presented was "Ciao amore ciao" ("Bye Love, Bye"), which he and Dalida both performed. But stressed, Tenco failed to impress the judges, despite Dalida's performance. Tenco committed suicide on 27 January 1967, after learning that his song had been eliminated from the final competition. Tenco was found by Dalida in his hotel room with a bullet wound in his left temple and a note announcing that his gesture was against the jury and public's choices during the competition.[12] Prior to Tenco's suicide, Dalida and he had become engaged.[13] One month later, Dalida attempted to commit suicide by drug overdose at the Prince of Wales Hotel in Paris. She spent five days in a coma and several months convalescing.[14] Dalida returned to the stage the following October.[15]

 Dalida's house at rue d'Orchampt, Montmartre, Paris
Dalida's house at rue d'Orchampt, Montmartre, Paris

In December 1967, she became pregnant by a 22-year-old Italian student, Lucio. She had an abortion and it left her infertile.[16]

In September 1970, her former husband (1956-1961) Lucien Morisse, with whom she was on good terms, committed suicide, shooting himself in the head.[17]

In April 1975, her close friend singer Mike Brant leapt to his death from an apartment in Paris. He was 28.[18] Dalida had contributed to his success in France when he opened for her in 1971 at l'Olympia.[19]

In July 1983, her lover from 1972 to 1981, Richard Chanfray, committed suicide by inhaling the exhaust gas of his Renault 25 car.[20]


 Dalida's grave and monument.
Dalida's grave and monument.

On the night of 2 May to 3, 1987, Dalida committed suicide by overdosing on barbiturates.[21][22] She left behind a note which read, "La vie m'est insupportable... Pardonnez-moi." ("Life is unbearable for me... Forgive me.")

Dalida is buried at the Montmartre Cemetery, 18th Division, Chemin des Gardes.


Since her death, Dalida has become a cult figure to a new generation of fans. In 1988, the Encyclopædia Universalis commissioned a poll, which was published in the French newspaper Le Monde, which aimed to reveal the personalities who had the greatest impact on French society. Dalida polled second, behind Général de Gaulle.[23]

She is also a gay icon in France.[24]

 Dalida's bust at Dalida's Square
Dalida's bust at Dalida's Square

In 1997, the corner of the rue Girardon and rue de l'Abreuvoir in Montmartre, Paris, was inaugurated as Place Dalida and a large bust in her memory was erected. In 1999, a 3-CD box-set compiling her greatest hits was released. In 2000, Dalida's longtime friend Charles Aznavour recorded the hit "De la scène à la Seine", a joyful song of her life in France, and in 2002, the French government honoured her memory with a postage stamp done in commemoration of the 15th anniversary of her death. In the same year, Universal Music Group released her early album releases in special-edition packaging, with all of the tracks digitally remastered. Her output has also been the subject of various remix albums. Since her death, many of Dalida's hits have been remixed to modern techno and dance beats, topping the charts in various countries to this day.[25]

From 11 May to September 2007, the Paris City Hall commemorated the 20th anniversary of Dalida's death with an exhibition of her outfits and previously unreleased photographs.

Stage and film adaptations of Dalida's life

In 1999, the play Solitudini – Luigi Tenco e Dalida, written and directed by Maurizio Valtieri, was performed in Rome.

In 2005, her life was documented in the two-part TV film Dalida; in the role of Dalida was Sabrina Ferilli.[26]

In 2017, Lisa Azuelos, daughter of French singer Marie Laforêt, directed the film Dalida, starring Riccardo Scamarcio, Vincent Perez, Niels Schneider, Jean-Paul Rouve, Patrick Timsit and Sveva Alviti, who portrayed Dalida.[27]



This is a chronologically ordered list of films in which Dalida appeared.

Year Title Character Director Notes Ref
1949 Ghazal Al Banat (Arabic: غزل البنات, English: The Flirtation of Girls Extra Anwar Wagdi Film, starring Leila Mourad (Arabic: ليلى مراد)
1954 Joseph et ses frères (France: French title)
a.k.a. "Joseph and His Brothers"
Film, starring Omar Sharif (Arabic: عمر الشريف)
1954 Le Masque de Toutankhamon
a.k.a. "Le trésor des pharaons" (France)
Dalida Marco de Gastyne Film, starring Gil Vidal and Samia Gamal (Arabic: سامية جمال) [28]
1954 Sigara wa Kass
a.k.a. "Un verre et une cigarette"
a.k.a. "A Cigarette and a Glass" (International: English title)
a.k.a. "A Glass and a Cigarette" (International (DVD box title) (English title))
Iolanda (as Dalila) Niazi Mostafa Film, starring Samia Gamal (Arabic: سامية جمال) [29]
1958 Vice Squad Herself Maurice Boutel Film, co-starring with Eddie Barclay [30]
1958 Rapt au deuxième bureau
a.k.a. "Operation Abduction"
Bella Morena Jean Stelli Film, co-starring with Frank Villard [31]
1960 "Che femmina... e che dollari!" (Italy: Italian title)
a.k.a. Parlez-moi d'amour (France: French title)
Laura Pisani Giorgio Simonelli Film, co-starring with Jacques Sernas [32]
1963 L'inconnue de Hong Kong
a.k.a. "Stranger from Hong-Kong" (US)
a.k.a. "The Unknown of Hong Kong" (International: English title: informal title)
Georgia la chanteuse Jacques Poitrenaud Film, co-starring with Serge Gainsbourg and Tania Béryl [33]
1966 La morale de l'histoire Herself Claude Dagues Television movie [34]
1968 13 jours en France Herself Claude Lelouch and François Reichenbach Documentary about the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France. Features Charles de Gaulle, Dalida, Johnny Hallyday and Jean-Claude Killy. (Uncredited.) [35]
1968 Menage all'italiana
a.k.a. "Marriage Italian Style" (International: English title)
Anna Franco Indovina Film, co-starring with Ugo Tognazzi [36]
1968 Io ti amo
a.k.a. "I Love You"
a.k.a. "Dalida, agapi mou" (Greece: Greek title)
Judy Antonio Margheriti Film, co-starring with Alberto Lupo [37]
1977 Comme sur des roulettes
a.k.a. "As Easy as Pie" (International: English title)
Herself Nina Companéez Film [38]
1977 Dalida: Pour toujours Herself Michel Dumoulin Documentary
1986 Le sixième jour
a.k.a. "The Sixth Day" (International: English title)
a.k.a. "Al-yawm al-Sadis" (Arabic title) (Arabic: اليوم السادس)
a.k.a. "Der sechste Tag" (Germany: German title)
Saddika Youssef Chahine
(Arabic: يوسف شاهين)
Film, co-starring with Mohsen Mohieddin [39]
1997 Le grand voyage Herself Philippe Kohly Documentary
2005 Dalida: Le Film Dalida
(singing voice)
Joyce Buñuel Television mini-series (film)
singing voice for actress Sabrina Ferilli


Year Award Country Category Result
1954 Miss Egypt Egypt Beauty competition/pageant Won
1958 Radio Monte Carlo Oscars France Radio Monte Carlo Oscar Won
1958 Paris Olympia music hall Bravos France Paris Olympia music hall Bravos (Shared recognition with Yves Montand) Won
1959 Platinum Oscar Awards Italy Platinum Oscar Award Won
1959 Golden She-Wolf Award Italy Golden She-Wolf Award Won
1959 L'Oscar de la chanson Awards France L'Oscar de la chanson Award for Best Song Won
1959 Radio Monte Carlo Oscar Awards France Radio Monte Carlo Oscar Won
1960 Grand Prix Awards Italy Grand Prix Award for Best Italian Song (Shared award with Charles Aznavour) Won
1961 Radio Monte Carlo Oscar Awards Italy Radio Monte Carlo Oscar Won
1962 Radio Monte Carlo Oscar Awards Italy Radio Monte Carlo Oscar (Shared award with Johnny Hallyday) Won
1963 Radio Monte Carlo Oscar Awards France Radio Monte Carlo Oscar for Most Successful International Artist Won
1964 Juke Box Global Oscar Awards Italy Juke Box Global Oscar for The Year's Most-Played Artist on Jukeboxes in Italy Won
1965 Cico Viola Prize Brazil Cico Viola Prize for "Zorba o Greco" Won
1966 Paris Olympia music hall Bravos France Les Bravos du Musique Hall Won
1967 Golden Caravel Awards Italy Golden Caravel Award Won
1968 Canzonissima Oscar Italy Canzonissima Oscar Won
1969 MIDEM Prize Italy MIDEM Prize for Highest Selling Musical Artist Won
1969 Radio Luxembourg Hit Parade Oscar Awards France Radio Luxembourg Hit Parade Oscar Won
1969 Radio Luxembourg Hit Parade Oscar Awards France Radio Luxembourg Hit Parade Oscar Won
1972 Popularity Oscar France Popularity Oscar for Most Popular Artist Won
1973 APPCB (Association Professionnelle de la Presse Cinématographique Belge) Awards Belgium Gold Medal Award Won
1974 Golden Gigi award Spain Golden Gigi Award (Special award) for Extraordinary Record Sales Won
1974 Golden Heart Awards Spain Golden Heart Award for Most Popular Artist in Spain Won
1975 L'Académie du Disque Français Awards France Global Oscar Oscar Mondial du Disque Award for "Gigi l'Amoroso" and "Il venait d'avoir dix-huit ans" Won
1975 Oscar Awards France Eight Oscar Awards awarded at the Olympia in recognition of extraordinary, rare, and, distinguished achievements. Won
1975 Golden Lion Awards Germany Golden Lion Won
1976 French Summer Carnaval Awards France French Summer Carnaval Award Won
1976 French Academy Awards France French Academy Award for a number one single in nine countries Won
1979 Radio Monte Carlo Awards France Belgium - Musique Award Won
1981 Goldene Europa Awards Germany Goldene Europa for Artist of the Year in Germany Won
1985 Golden Butterfly Awards Turkey Golden Butterfly Award Won
1987 Dalida Award Turkey Dalida Award (Special Award) for Best Performance in Brussels Belgium

Honours and tributes

Honour ribbon bars

Commander of the National Order of the Legion of Honour of the French Republic.

Commander of the Order of the Crown of Belgium.

Companion of the Order of Canada.

Commander of the Order of the Nile of Egypt.

Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

Bronze medal of the National defense of the French Republic.

Commandeur of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of the French Republic.


  • France 1968: Medal of the City of Paris.
  • France 1968: the French President's Medal (Médaille de la Présidence de la République) awarded by President of the French Republic Général de Gaulle on 5 December 1968, representing the only time in history an artist has ever been presented with this honour by the President of France to date.
  • Italy 1968: Ruby Cross (Croix de Vermeil) (Commander of Arts, Sciences and Letters).[44]
  • France 1981: Dalida was awarded a medal of the National defense by then French Minister of Defence Charles Hernu.
Non French Egyptian honours[43]

Posthumous tributes

  • France 1987: Dalida was posthumously honoured with a commemorative coin minted by The French Mint, Monnaie de Paris, issued in gold, bronze and silver, bearing her effigy.[45][46]
  • United States 1988: Dalida was posthumously honoured by the "International Star Registry" (US), with the issuance of a diploma, awarded three years after her death.
  • France 1997: Dalida was posthumously honoured by the City of Paris with a square named in her memory, named "Place Dalida", located at the angle of rues Girardon and Abreuvoirs, in the 18th arrondissement (borough) of Paris, France.
  • France 1997: Dalida became one of only three women in France to have a statue erected to her, along with Joan of Arc and Sarah Bernhardt.
  • Egypt 1998: Dalida was posthumously honoured in Egypt in a tribute ceremony on 27 October in Cairo and the "Dalida Prize" was awarded in her honour.
  • France 2001: Dalida was posthumously honoured by the French government with a second stamp bearing her likeness which was released by La Poste, the French postal service, as part of the Song Artists series. 10,157,601 copies were sold.
  • France 2003: Awarded prize for "Greatest Singer of the Century" in France, based on three criteria: numbers of album and single sales, number of radio airplays and chart positions. Dalida was placed third after Madonna and Céline Dion. In 2003 Dalida remained the number one favourite artist in France.


  • 1965 – F.O.P. Poll: 'Favourite French singer'
  • 1976 – Dalida was voted 'Woman of the Year' in Canada, ahead of Jackie Kennedy)
  • 1982 – Paris Match magazine survey revealed that Dalida was the only representative from show business to appear in a list of most influential French women.
  • 1985 – Dalida was voted 'Favourite French singer' (Télé 7 Jours magazine).
  • 1986 – VSD magazine published a survey in which Dalida was voted 'Favourite French singer'.
  • 1988 – SOFRES/Encyclopædia Universalis: In a survey asking the French public which events had the greatest impact on the French public between 1968 and 1988, 16% of the French public voted the 'Death of Général de Gaulle' and 10% voted the 'Death of Dalida'.
  • 1989 – Encyclopædia Universalis: By examining the proof by the criteria to find out which person had biggest impact on French society, it was concluded that Dalida is the second, just after president de Gaulle.
  • 2001 – IFOP Survey: Dalida was voted the 'Most important female singer who had the greatest impact on French society in the 20th century', along with Édith Piaf.
  • 2005 – Dalida was voted the 'Favourite singer in 2004' amongst Italians, and held seventh place amongst the most collected musical artists in Italy.
  • 2005 – Dalida was voted 'Top 58th French person of all time' in a survey sponsored by the France 2 television channel. The only women from show business which appeared in this list were Catherine Deneuve, Brigitte Bardot, Simone Signoret, Édith Piaf and Dalida.

Honorific eponyms

Geographic locations
  •  France: Place Dalida, Montmartre, Paris
  •  Canada: rue Dalida, Laval, Quebec, Canada

Art (selection)

  • Jean Sobieski: Dalida (Oil on canvas, 19??)
  • Magguy Crouzet: Dalida (Portrait in dot-sculpture, 1976)
  • Michel Souvais: Dalida, femme est la nuit (Oil on canvas, 1977)
  • Alain Aslan: Dalida (Yolanda Gigliotti), funerary statue (Bronze sculpture, 1987)
  • Alain Aslan: Dalida (Yolanda Gigliotti) (Bronze bust, 1997)
  • Francesco Gallo: Dalida (Yolanda Gigliotti) (Bronze sculpture, 2007)
  • FS62: Dalida (Black and white portrait in acrylic, 2008)

Dalida in contemporary music

  • The Dalida song "Born to Sing" (original French title "Mourir sur scène" and later translated to English, Italian, Turkish and Spanish) was covered in English by Dalida's long time friend Shirley Bassey, released in 1986 as a B-side of a Towerbell Records single (A-side: "There's No Place Like London"). Although the recording has never been re-released, Shirley Bassey performed the song in 1995 during some concerts as part of her 40th anniversary world tour.[47] Shirley Bassey's interpretation of "Born to Sing" is also sometimes titled or referred to as "I Was Born to Sing Forever."[48] In 1985, Turkish superstar Ajda Pekkan recorded the song with the title Bir Gece Sahnesi, with very similar lyrics.[49]
  • In 1996, Céline Dion and Alain Delon performed the song "Paroles, paroles" on the 1996 New Year's Eve France 2 television programme.
  • In 1998, Sarah Brightman's released the song "There for Me", an English-language version of "Fini, la comédie". The song first appeared on her Time to Say Goodbye album, featuring José Cura. It was also released as a single, with "O mio babbino caro" as the B-side track. Often on her 2000/2001 La Luna tour, Brightman would perform this duet with Josh Groban, and this was included in the La Luna: Live in Concert DVD.[50]
  • The song "De la scène à la Seine", by Charles Aznavour, from his year 2000 album Aznavour, 2000 is a tribute to Dalida.
  • In 2000, Sarah Hohn (featuring Wehrlen), released a cover of the song "Paroles, paroles" in tribute to Dalida and Alain Delon.[51]
  • In 2002, an interpretation of the song "Pour ne pas vivre seul", by Firmine Richard, was included in the movie 8 femmes, by François Ozon.[52]
  • In 2003, British singer and musician Patrick Wolf paid tribute to Dalida in the song "Paris" from his debut album Lycanthropy. The song reflects on the theme of the tragedy of suicide, and refers to Dalida's monument in Montmartre Cemetery, describing her as "the lady with the sun behind her head".[53]
  • In 2004, the song "Laissez-moi danser (Monday Tuesday)" was covered by Star Academy 4 in France, under the shorter name "Laissez-moi danser", in honour of Dalida.[54][55]
  • In 2005, Lebanese singer Grace Deeb released a cover of the song "Helwa ya baladi", which reached number one spots over the chart.[which?]
  • In 2007, Spanish singer Luz Casal released the song "18 años", a new Spanish-language interpretation of "Tenía 18 años", the Spanish version of "Il venait d'avoir 18 ans" (English version: "He Must Have Been Eighteen"), in honour of French music, with entirely new Spanish lyrics, on her album "Vida tóxica".[56][57]
  • In 2007, Italian singer Patty Pravo released the tribute album Spero che ti piaccia... Pour toi, in tribute to Dalida.[58]
  • In 2007, Lebanese singer Elissa (Arabic: إليسا) paid hommage to the chanteuse, covering her famous song, "Helwa ya baladi".
  • In 2007, Italian singer-songwriter Franco Battiato released the album Fleurs 2, containing the track "Il venait d'avoir 18 ans", a cover in hommage to the singer, performed with the participation of Persian vocalist Sepideh Raissadat (Persian: سپیده رئیس سادات).
  • In 2008, French singer Michèle Torr covered the song "Pour ne pas vivre seul", released on her album Ces années-là, in hommage to Dalida. A live version of her rendition was also released on her live DVD Olympia 2008, and digital album of the same name, both released in 2009.[59]
  • In 2009, Lara Fabian released the tribute album Toutes les femmes en moi, containing an interpretation of the song "Il venait d'avoir 18 ans", of which the former is in part tribute, and the latter in tribute to Dalida.[60]
  • In 2009, Arthanor Music released the tribute album Un clip de toi (Hommage à Dalida, 1988), containing four tracks originally recorded in 1988 by David Heissen and dedicated to Dalida.
  • In 2012, French singer Amel Bent rendered hommage to Dalida by performing two of Dalida's signature songs "À Ma Manière" and "Mourir Sur Scène" on France 3's television programme Chabada.
  • In 2012, the double album Depuis qu’elle est partie containing a hommage CD titled Ils chantent Dalida featuring covers of several of Dalida's songs, performed by French singers Amel Bent, Christophe Willem, Hélène Segara, Patrick Fiori, Lara Fabian, Christophe (singer), Dany Brillant, and others, was released in the month of April.
  • In 2013, "Gigi L'amoroso" placed 98th in the Belgium Top 1000 Listeners' Choice

Music from motion pictures and TV

The following Dalida songs have appeared in the formentioned motion pictures or TV series.

Year Motion picture Songs Director Ref
1959 Girls for the Mambo-Bar "Am Tag, als der Regen kam" Wolfgang Glück [61]
1979 Série noire "Le Lambeth Walk" Alain Corneau [62]
1984 La Triche "Fini, la comédie" and "Je suis toutes les femmes" Yannick Bellon [63]
1991 Hors la vie (a.k.a. "Out of Life") "Salma ya salama" Maroun Bagdadi [64]
1994 Mina Tannenbaum "Il venait d'avoir 18 ans" Martine Dugowson [65]
1995 Gazon Maudit (a.k.a. "French Twist") "Histoire d'un amour" Josiane Balasko [66]
1995 Pigalle Unknown Karim Dridi [67]
1996 Pédale douce "Bambino", "Salma ya salama" and "Je suis toutes les femmes" Gabriel Aghion [68]
1996 Un Air de Famille (a.k.a. "Family Resemblances" (US)) "Come prima" Cédric Klapisch [69]
1997 On connaît la chanson

a.k.a. "Same Old Song" (US)

"Paroles, paroles" Alain Resnais [70]
1997 Mémoires d'immigrés, l'héritage maghrébin "Helwa ya baladi" Yamina Benguigui [71]
1998 A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries

a.k.a. "La fille d'un soldat ne pleure jamais" (France) a.k.a. "Soldier's Daughter Never Cries" (Australia: TV title)

"Ciao amore ciao" James Ivory [72]
1999 Novios "Gigi l'Amoroso" Joaquín Oristrell [73]
1999 Recto/Verso "Paroles, paroles" Jean-Marc Longval [74]
1999 Tontaine et Tonton "Il venait d'avoir 18 ans" and "Gigi l'amoroso" Tonie Marshall [75]
1999 Un pont entre deux rives a.k.a. "The Bridge" Unknown Gérard Depardieu [76]
2001 Souffle "Buenas noches mi amor" Muriel Coulin and Delphine Coulin [77]
2001 Mauvais genres

a.k.a. "Transfixed" (Canada: English title: festival title) (US) a.k.a. "Bad Genres" (International: English title: festival title) a.k.a. "Gender Bias" (US)

"Il venait d'avoir 18 ans" Francis Girod [78]
2001 Absolument fabuleux "Il venait d'avoir 18 ans" Gabriel Aghion [79]
2001 C'est la vie "Darla dirladada" Jean-Pierre Améris [80]
2001 Paroles de Bibs "Paroles, paroles" Jocelyne Lemaire-Darnaud [81]
20XX La Bonne Addresse "Pezzettini di bikini" Gary Goldman [82]
2002 L'Adversaire a.k.a. "The Adversary" "Histoire d'un amour" Nicole Garcia [83]
2003 Perduto Amor "Itsi bitsi petit bikini" Franco Battiato [84]
2005 Dalida: Le Film Principal singer on entire soundtrack Joyce Buñuel [85]
2005 L'un reste, l'autre part "Il venait d'avoir 18 ans" Claude Berri [86]
2005 The Secret Life of Words (International: English title) (UK) (US)

a.k.a. "La vida secreta de las palabras" (Spain) a.k.a. "La vida secreta de les paraules" (Spain: Catalan title)

"Histoire d'un amour" Isabel Coixet [87]
2006 OSS 117, Le Caire nid d'espions

a.k.a. "OSS 117, Nest of Spies"

"Bambino" Michel Hazanavicius [88]
2007 Michou D'Auber "Bambino" Thomas Gilou [89]
2007 L'Ennemi intime

a.k.a. "Intimate Enemies" (Canada: English title)

"Come prima" Florent Emilio Siri [90]
2008 Mesrine : L'Instinct de mort "Romantica" and "La Danse de Zorba" Jean-François Richet [91]
2010 Les Amours Imaginaires (Canada: Original title)

a.k.a. "Heartbeats" (US) (Europe: English title: festival title)

a.k.a. Fantastikes agapes (Greece: Greek title) a.k.a. Love, Imagined (International: English title)

"Bang Bang" Xavier Dolan [92]
2011 Les femmes du 6è étage (France: Original title)

a.k.a. "Las chicas de la 6ª planta" (Spanish title) a.k.a. "The Women on the 6th Floor" (English title) a.k.a. "Service Entrance"

"Itsi bitsi petit bikini" Philippe Le Guay [93]
2011 Le Skylab (France: Original title) "Bambino" Julie Delpy [94]
2014 Apprenti Gigolo "La Violetera" and "Le Torrent" John Turturro

Theatrical productions

Several theatrical productions have been made about Dalida's life. In 1999, "Solitudini – Luigi Tenco e Dalida", written and directed by Maurizio Valtieri, was performed in Rome.[95] "Dalida: Une Vie", directed by René Simard and under the authorisation of Orlando Productions, was performed from October 2003 to June 2006, in Quebec, Canada, and was shown in Beirut, Lebanon in May 2004.[96] In 2005, the play "Dalida, à quoi bon vivre au mois de mai ?", written by Joseph Agostini and Caroline Sourrisseau, was performed at the Ateliers Théâtre in Montmartre.[97]


  • Dalida, by Michel Delain, Éditions de l'Heure, 1962. (in French)
  • Dalida, La gloire et les larmes, by Pascal Sevran, 1976. (in French)
  • 25 ans de triomphe, by Christian Page, Delmas Éditeur, 1981. (in French)
  • Dalida, by Christian Page, Têtes D'affiche, 1982. (in French)
  • Dalida, mon amour, by Anne Gallimard and Orlando, Édition NRJ, 1984. ISBN 978-2-908070-01-9. (in French)
  • Lorsque l’amour s’en va, by Catherine Benoît Sévin, Michel Lafon, 1987; Carrere, 1989. ISBN 978-2-908070-01-9. (in French)
  • Dalida, mon amour, by Anne Gallimard and Orlando, Édition NRJ, 1989. ISBN 978-2-908070-01-9. (in French)
  • Dalida mon amour, by Orlando, Hachette Littérature, 1991. ISBN 978-2-7382-0362-5. (in French)
  • Dalida, Histoire d’une femme, by Jean-François Josselin and Jeff Barnel, Jean-Claude Lattès, 1994. ISBN 978-2-7096-1450-4. (in French)
  • Les larmes de la gloire, by Bernard Pascuito, Éditions Michel Lafon, 1997. ISBN 978-2-84098-301-9. (in French)
  • Dalida, by C. Daccache, Éditions Vade Retro, 1998. ISBN 2-909828-51-4 and ISBN 978-2-909828-51-0. (in French)
  • Dalida: Mon frère, tu écriras mes mémoires, by Catherine Rihoit, Plon, 1998. (in French)
  • Dalida, by Catherine Rihoit, Omnibus, 1998. ISBN 978-2-259-00083-3. (in French)
  • Star pour toujours, by Julie Thamin, Gep, 2000. (in French)
  • Dalida: Entre violon et amour, by Isaline, Éditions Publibook, 2002. ISBN 978-2-7483-2629-1. (in French)
  • Du Nil à la scène, Jacques Brachet, Éditions Va bene and Éditions de la courtine, 2001, 2002. ISBN 2-913483-36-4. (in French)
  • Dalida: Une oeuvre en soi, by Michel Rheault, Nota Bene, 2002. ISBN 2-89518-111-X. (in French)
  • Luigi Tenco. Vita breve e morte di un genio musicale, by Aldo Fegatelli Colonna, A. Mondadori, 2002. ISBN 88-04-50087-5 and ISBN 978-88-04-50087-2. (in Italian)
  • Ciao, ciao bambina, by Henri-Jean Servat and Orlando, Éditions Albin Michel, 2003. ISBN 978-2-226-14298-6. (in French)
  • Dalida, by Catherine Rihoit, Plon, re-published 2004. ISBN 978-2-259-20180-3. (in French)
  • D’une rive à l’autre, by David Lelait, Payot, 2004. ISBN 978-2-228-89904-8. (in French)
  • L’argus Dalida: Discographie mondiale et cotations, by Daniel Lesueur, Éditions Alternatives, 2004. ISBN 978-2-86227-428-7. (in French)
  • La véritable Dalida, by Emmanuel Bonini, Éditions Pygmalion, 2004. ISBN 2-85704-902-1 and ISBN 978-2-85704-902-9. (in French)
  • Mademoiselle succès, Barclay France, 2004. UPC 602498110843. (in French)
  • Dalida: La femme de cœur, by Jeff Barnel, Éditions du Rocher, 2005. ISBN 978-2-268-05500-8. (in French)
  • Dalida: La voce e l'anima, by Giandomenico Curi, 2005. ISBN 978-88-7641-687-3. (in Italian)
  • Top Dalida, Éditions Paul Beuscher, 2005. ASIN B000ZG64FO. (in French)
  • Dalida: La voce, Il suono, L'anima, by Mino Rossi, Edizioni Franciacorta, 2005. ISBN 978-88-89364-01-7. (in Italian)
  • Quasi sera: una storia di Tenco, by A. Montellanico, StampaAlternativa/NuoviEquilibri, 2005. ISBN 88-7226-910-5. (in Italian)
  • D’une rive à l’autre, by David Lelait-Helo, Éditions J'ai Lu, 2006. ISBN 978-2-290-34567-2. (in French)
  • Ntaainta Dalida, Éditions Odos Panos and 20 ans sans elle, 2006. (in French)
  • Dalida passionnément, by Arianne Ravier, Éditions Favre, 2006. ISBN 978-2-8289-0927-7. (in French)
  • Dalida, by Henry-Jean Servat and Orlando, Éditions Albin Michel, 2007. ISBN 978-2-226-15218-3. (in French)
  • Dalida, tu m'appelais petite sœur…, by Jacqueline Pitchal, Éditions Carpentier Didier, 2007. ISBN 978-2-84167-504-3. (in French)
  • Dalida: Une vie brûlée, by Bernard Pascuito, L'Archipel, 2007. ISBN 978-2-84167-504-3. (in French)
  • Dalida: Une vie..., by Jacques Pessis, Célina Jauregui, Emmanuel Polle and N-T Binh, Édition Chronique, 2007. 978-2-205-06006-5. (in French)
  • Dalida: Le temps d'aimer, Fabien Lecœuvre, Éditions City Editions, 2007. ISBN 978-2-35288-046-2. (in French)
  • Luigi Tenco: Ed ora avrei mille cose da fare, by R. Tortarolo and G. Carozzi, Arcana, 2007. ISBN 978-88-7966-431-8. (in Italian)
  • Dalida: Ses fans, ses amis ont la parole, by Claire Nérac and Cédric Naïmi, Éditions du Rocher, 2008. ISBN 978-2-268-06580-9. (in French)
  • Mia zia, ma tante Dalida, by Stéphane Julienne and Luigi Gigliotti, Éditions Ramsay, 2009. ISBN 978-2-8122-0011-3. (in French)
  • Dalida, le profil perdu, by Jean-Manuel Gabert, Éditions de la Belle Gabrielle, La légende de Montmartre collection, 2009. ISBN 978-2-917269-02-2. (in French)
  • Pour Dalida, by Colette Fellous, Flammarion ed., 2010. ISBN 978-2-08-069056-2. (in French)
  • Les grands interprètes, by Jacques Perciot, Frédéric Brun, Olympia Alberti, et Claude Frigara, Éditions Christian Pirot, 2010. ISBN 978-2-86808-274-9. (in French)
  • Rencontres avec une Étoile, by Jean-Claude Genel, Éditions Entre deux mondes, 2010. ISBN 978-2-919537-00-6. (in French)
  • La nuit de San Remo, by Philippe Brunel, Éditions Grasset, 2012. ISBN 978-2-246-75321-6. (in French)
  • Ciao amore. Tenco e Dalida, la notte di Sanremo, by Philippe Brunel, transl. by G. Vulpius, Rizzoli ed., 2012. ISBN 978-88-17-05518-5. (in Italian)
  • C'était en mai, un samedi, by David Lelait-Helo, Éditions Anne Carrière, 2012. ISBN 978-2-84337-663-4. (in French)
  • Internet websites: Hit-Parade France, Hit Parade Italia, Infodisc, Official Montmartre Tourist Information Authority, Dalida Official Website.

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Preceded by
Antigone Costanda
Miss Egypt
Miss Egypt 1954
Succeeded by
Gladys Leopardi
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