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Thursday, January 29, 2004

Still No Regrets:
Paris Remembers Its Piaf

"Her mother disappeared when Édith was 2, and her father sent the child to live with his mother, who ran a brothel near Rouen. The girl apparently enjoyed being mothered by the prostitutes. Madame Billy later said that it was her girls who had taught Piaf poise and good manners."