› Entertainment & Pop Culture › Theater. In , Piaf was discovered in the Pigalle area of Paris by nightclub owner Louis Leplée, whose club Le Gerny's off the Champs-Élysées was frequented by the. Edith Piaf was raised in a brothel · She began singing in the streets at age 14 · She was accused of murder · Her career took off just as Germany. Édith Piaf, also known as “The Little Sparrow,” rose to international stardom in the late s as a symbol of French passion and tenacity. Of Piaf's many. Édith Piaf: A Cultural History. 10 in the media of both her singing and her forthcoming marriage to. Sarapo. 9 October: marries Sarapo. Édith Piaf was given the name Édith Giovanna Gassion when she saw the light of day on Decem in Paris. According to a popular version. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Vinyl release of "The Edith Piaf Story" on Discogs. Édith Piaf is almost universally regarded as France's greatest popular singer. Still revered as an icon decades after her death, "The Sparrow" served as a. During the World War II German occupation of Paris, Piaf was part of the French resistance. She cleverly won the hearts of the high-ranking. Born in Paris practically on the streets on Decem, she struggled from day one, the daughter of street performers. The mother, a singer, eventually.