Iolanda Cristina Gigliotti (Italian: [joˈlanda krisˈtina dʒiʎˈʎɔtti]; 17 January 1933 – 3 May 1987), better known as Dalida (Egyptian Arabic: داليدا), was a French Egyptian-Italian singer and actress. She performed and recorded in ten languages (French, Italian, Greek, Spanish, German, English, Japanese, Hebrew, Dutch and Arabic). She spent most of her career in France and acquired French citizenship in 1961 upon marriage, while maintaining her original dual Egyptian-Italian. She won Miss Egypt beauty contest in 1954 . 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. Her 30-year career began in 1956 and ended with her last album in 1986, half year before her death, while continuing to hold concerts until her last days. 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 discs. She has sold 140 million albums and singles worldwide.
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Dalida acting in the movie L'Inconnue de Hong Kong in 1963.
|Born||Iolanda Cristina Gigliotti
17 January 1933
|Died||3 May 1987
|Cause of death||Suicide by Barbiturate Overdose|
|Resting place||Montmartre Cemetery, Paris, France
|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|
|Years active||1956–1987 (singer)
|Style||Chanson, classical, eurodisco, europop, exotica, popular, disco, Franco Arabic, world, yé-yé|
|Title||Miss Egypt 1954|
Médaille de la Présidence de la République by Général de GaullePrix de l'Académie du Disque Français.
Yolanda Cristina Gigliotti was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt. Her family immigrated from Serrastretta, Calabria, Italy during 1920s and settled in Shoubra quartier 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 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 the Miss Ondine, minor Cairo beauty pageant, and won the title. Sortly after 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. One of the pageant prizes was role in movie "Sigara wa kass" (Cigarette and 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 about this time she adopted a 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 pursue 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, Arab World with Egypt mainly, Eastern and Southeastern Asia, Canada and the rest of Francophone world spanning for thirty years. During her life she has sold 100 millions of records and collected 71 golden disc, 5 platinum and 1 diamond. She is the first female singer to receive golden disc (1957) and first person ever to receive platinum (1964) and diamond (1981) disc. Platinum and diamond record certificates were invented for her. After her death she has sold 25 million of records and CDs together, and collected 23 golden discs, 3 platinum and 1 diamond. Today she is icon in France and very 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. She promised to hold the concert again, which she soon did.
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. Encourage 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 auditons 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. He said that "... her voice is full of color and volume and has everything 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 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 (song)|Gondolier " was released. She didn't wait to achieve more success. After Bambino as #1 left charts, Gongolier peaked also as #1. From that point, topping various charts became Dalida's successfull rythm 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" wich reached #1 at German charts and stayed for several months. Dalida became singer of the year in 1958. She toured extensively from 1958 to the early 1959 playing sold out dates 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 United States, she refused. 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 years after debut, she already had collection of 9 gold disc from France and Gemany, 6 #1 singles and sold 5 million records.
1960-1966 International starEdit
Dalida entered 60s with exotical-high vocal style songs with low speed. Debut of 1960 was marked by release of big hit "Les enfants du Pirée "(Never on sunday) that spent 9 weeks as #1 and was certificated gold. But then the new wave music appeared, and in France it was accepted by unknown new young singers and became known as yé-yé. For Dalida they were her rivals. She was angered to see that small hit song occupy charts and that her genre of music is likely to loose interest. She decided to adapt, but in her way. Combining styles (twist, exotica, rock n roll), and in less than 2 she had a whole new style that she kept with only smaller changes until 1967. Recording song "Itsi bitsi petit bikini" in November 1960 secured her popularity. The song was smashing hit peaking #1 and made whole France dance for over 3 months. It was then when she became French favorite singer. Same year "Romantica" and "T'aimer follement" peaked #1 and were also certificated golden. In future years she would deliver dozen of new songs that topped charts not just in France, but from then in Germany, Italy, Spain, Arabia and continued her career even more successfull. During the 1960s Dalida would perform month of shows at Olympia for 3 times (1961, 1964, 1967), all of them sell-outs. 3 weeks of concerts in 1961 Olympia were triumph and were live transmissioned by radio. Shortly afterwards Dalida embarked upon a tour of Hong Kong and Vietnam. Also other international dates became more frequent (Arab world, Germany, Italy, rest of Europe). During this year she became well known and popular singer in Italy. The 1962 was marked with release of "Le jour le plus long", another #1. In 1963 she released song "Eux". It was also big hit and it was most played jukebox song of 1963. Same year she was also the most played artist on Italian jukeboxes. Combined with its sales, "Eux" gained Dalida her first platinum disc. It was first platinum disc awarded to person in history. Same year she will triumph in Olympia again. Most of popular people from show business and politics attended her Olympia64. Again she toured, in 1964 she was in east Europe (Bulgaria, Romania). In 1965 she released "La danse de Zorba", that peaked #1 for 6 weeks and received golden certificate, it also won Brasilian award "Cico Viola" and was certificated gold record for Brasil. Mikis Theodorakis personally adapted the song for her in French and Italian. 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), "Et...et"(1966) and "Bang bang"(1966). Her songs from this period are today widely known as "typicall 60s". In course of these 7 years, she collected 15 golden disc, 1 platinum and sold 16 million of records. In late 1966 Barclay introduced her to Luigi Tenco, young and new Italian cantautor. It was in purpouse of singing together on upcoming Sanremo music festival '67. It was tradition that already known and popular singers sing together in duet with minor singers. Dalida was the big singer and Tenco was at his debut. They were supposed to sing his song "Ciao amore, ciao".
In first few weeks of 1967, Dalida released French version of “Ciao amore, ciao” as a single. Together with Tenco, with whom she was already in relationship, she went to Sanremo to participate at Sanremo music festival that took place between 26 and 28 February (then at her debut, Cher also participated alongside Sonny Bono). Dalida and Tenco sang song separately but both in Italian. He was first one to sing. The public met him with moderate applause but they were not so trilled with his performance. After, Dalida was met with big applause and after she sang the song, she received ovations. Unfortunately both Dalida and Tenco were eliminated by jury at first night of voting. Tomorrow, after learning that his song had been eliminated from the final competition, Tenco committed suicide. He was found by Dalida in his hotel room. Nevertheless, from that moment Dalida's career and state of mind changed completely, and this event will shape her career from now on. She came back to Paris and tried to commit suicide, but failed and was recovering for several months. She came back to stage in mid 1967. Again, in November, she organized 4 weeks of shows at Olympia, all sold outs. She was fully back on track and following first night of concert she released, for the first time, album named after Olympia called Olympia67. She will continue that until her last show at Olympia in 1981. The album contained new songs alongside with "Ciao amore, ciao" that received golden certificate. It was then when she catched up routine to held weeks of concerts at Olympia every 3-4 years. Same year she won "Oscar de Canzonissima", awarded by the biggest TV show in Italy. She also became the first person in Italy to achieve #1 on offical Hit parade charts. Just as before, she continued to appear on TV on weekly base plus radioplays of her songs each day. Next year, 1968, she recorded now well known nostalgic song "Le temps des fleurs" influenced by Russian tradition music. It peaked #1 for 9 weeks and received golden certificate. In December 1968, 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 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 very popular hit "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 hired the hall herself, and her show was met with an impressive public response. Again the concerts were sold out triumph, and Dalida entered 70s more popular than ever. She again released album named by Olympia, but this time Olympia71 was live album for first time in her career. All of her three Olympia albums from 70s will be live. During 1972 she covered theme from Godfather in french as "Parle plus bas". It was huge and instant hit selling over 500 000 copies in one month and peaking #1 on charts for several weeks and earning golden certificate. Same year she met Richard Chanfray, a socialite known as Count of StGermain. He put an end to her spiritual trips to Middle East. In some way Dalida currently got over Tenco. Next year, 1973 will be even more triumph. Recording of "Paroles Paroles" in duet with Alain Delon will result with the most popular french song in the history. The song became a major hit for months and was the number one single in France and Japan and some European countries. It was played consistently on radio, at the request of listeners, even in countries where Dalida never released any song (exYugoslavia, Hungary). The song today is very popular in whole world and is frequently synonym for french song. Some of her other hits from this period were "Petruska"(1969)" in Germany and "Mamy Blue"(1971) in Italy. During these 7 years she received 12 golden records and sold 19 million of records.
By the end 1973 Dalida released promotional single A side "Il venait d'avoir 18 ans" with B side "Non ce n’est pas pour moi". In same time she released 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 B side to single A side "Gigi l'amoroso". That single smashed all records in outstanding time and beated all previous sales of her releases, from "Bambino", over "Itsi bitsi petit bikini" to "Paroles paroles". The single, by itself, sold 4.5 million copies trought europe and peaked #1 in 9 countries. Single beated record held by Frank Sinatra's "Strangers in the night" from 1966 for the most sold single in Benelux, for what she received platinum disc. She still holds that record. "Gigi l'amoroso" alone charted #1 in 4 more countries and sold 4 million copies more on other releases. "Il venait d'avoir 18 ans" sold 3 million copies more on other releases. That makes Gigi the biggest hit by Dalida. First performance of both songs was during her concerts in Olympia 1974. Whole 4 weeks were sold out triumph for singer, and they were followed with released of again live album Olympia75. "Il venait d'avoir 18 ans" received golden certificates from 6 different countries and "Gigi l'amoroso" from 5. They were presented to Dalida during special awarding spectacle in Olympia 1975. These 2 songs are today known to every person in France and french speaking countries. Today, "Il venait d'avoir 18 ans" alongside with Edith Piaf's "La vie en rose" is classical french evergreen song that all french people know. In total, up to this day, approx sales of "Gigi l'amoroso" on all releases combined are passing 10 million of copies, and "Il venait d'avoir 18 ans" is passing 8 million of copies. In February 1975, French music critics awarded the singer with the prestigious "Prix de l'Académie du Disque Français". Touring from 1974 to 1975 would follow this period of unprecedented sales. During 1975 she released duet "Et de l'amour de l'amour" with her partner Richard. It also was certificated gold.
1976–1980 Disco queenEdit
By the end of 1975 Dalida released new album that gathered some songs from singles released in 1974 and '75 plus some new ones. Most of somgs were from same genre except title song "J'attendrai" that was disco song. "J'attendrai" immediately gained succes and was released on single in January 1976. It reached #1 in French and European and charts for months and was big hit disco hit especially in France and Benelux. It was first French disco hit in French speaking countries. Achieving that, Dalida holds title of inventer of French disco. In future years she will deliver new songs mostly in disco and will become known as Disco Queen. Around the same time, the popularity of the variety show in France was soaring, and Dalida started making television appearances on weekly base in France and across Europe. Following newly disco success, in mid 1976 she released new album with completely new songs, most of them disco. The most notable one was "Besame mucho". Again hit, recahed #1 for several months and was released in all discoteques throught Europe and Turkey. The 1977 was year of big success for Dalida in private and professional life. She released 3 albums. One of them was live Olympia77, released following her again 4 week triumph at Olympia in 1977. Other 2 were albums with completely new songs. "Salma Ya Salama" was biggest hit of year. Due to its success in original Arabic, song was translated into French, Italian, and German. The song is the first Ethnic fusion hit in the world. Part of the lyrics are based on an old Egyptian folk song about homesickness and celebrating the Egyptian nation. The song was also first international hit for Rai TV in Italy. Continued touring world, she included USA, for second time since 50s, by playing 2 nights in Carnegie Hall in New York City, where she appeared in November 1978. The New York Times review of the Carnegie Hall concert, Dalida's performance was noted for its intimacy and intensity after she began to converse midway through it, revealing her personality. Almost whole English speaking world was not introduced to Dalida so most of public were french citizens. The concerts were almost sold out, but neverthless it was another triumph for her. Due to the concert, she was offered again contract with America but she refused it for second time. Undaunted, she continued to deliver hits. Same year she made big step in music industry by releasing first remix in history. "Generation78" and "Ça me fait rêver"(That makes me dream). Also, the forst audiovideo for song in history was for "Generation78". Both songs were bog disco hits and reached #1 In French and European charts for several months and were certificated golden. In February, during her 1977 Canada tour, an obsessed fan tried to kidnap her by using a hammer but did not succeed. The case was well tracked by most newspapers and was a big story that was weel talked about. Other hit performances of Dalida include "The Lambeth Walk" sung English and in French. The song "Je suis malade", written and originally perfomed by Serge Lama was made into a success by Dalida during 1977 altrought she 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 smashing hit peaking #1 instantly on French charts and seferal other countries. It spent 4 months as #1 and then later additonal in top 10 and top 20 list. By the end of 1979 she released semi-biographycal song "Comme disait la mistinguett" where she, trought music, speaks about herself in a fun way. The song was late 1979 hit and charted #1. Debut of 1980 was marked by release of big disco hit "Rio do Brasil", also chart topper. Then she released album "Gigi in Paradisco", named by title song that was a sequel to her previous hit "Gigi l'amoroso". In 1979 Dalida met Lester Wilson, they agreed to work together and he became her coreographer for upcoming spectacle in Palais des Sports. The spectacle was booked for in January 1980. In total, Dalida performed 3h for 15 days, more than 10 costume changes, 12 dancers, and total public of around 90 000 people. Palais des Sports (Paris) was largest playing venue in Paris and also one of biggest in France so triumph there was same as triumph in already mythical Olympia. All nights were sold out, Dalida again proved to be biggest and favorite French singer. Following the spectacle Dalida released double live album Le spectacle du Palais des Sports 1980 certificated double golden and organized new European tour and minor World tour. She toured in whole Western and Eastern Europe except Yugoslavia and SSSR. Also she held concerts in Brasil, USA and Canada. When she came back she organized tour across whole France delivering more 20 sold out concerts monthly across French countryside and cityes. In 1980, problems in her private life appeared again. Her inside tornaments were reflected in profound song "A ma maniere" that was also big hit of the year. During this period the sales of discs and public performances became extravagant so, accumulated in what was maybe most succesful period in her career, Dalida established herself as inventor and queen of Disco in France and has sold up to 20 million of discs, received 15 golden disc and 3 platinum.
Very fastly Dalida left disco and started singing slower moody deep minded songs with tipicall 80s instruments. It was all caused by again escalating problems in private life (brokeup with StGermain in 1981). Same year she started to more often sing her 1973 sing "Je suis malade"(I am sick). Performances of that song during this year and later are today one of the most remembered of her performances. The song has also became her signature track. Dalida had popularized it globally, singing it because it reflects her personal torments and unhappiness, and has shown emotions that are, thus to numerous covers, unmatched even today. From March to April 1981 she held month of sold out concerts at the Olympia in Paris, emulating her successful 1980 tour. It became her last Olympia concert because the following year Olympia went bankrupt until 1989. On the night of her inagural performance, she became the first singer to be awarded with a diamond disc, in recognition of her record sales which, at that point in her career, have reached 95 million. After being first person to receive platinum disc, she was the first person to receive diamond. Again Dalida pioneered in show business paving the way for women to deliver powerful performances in upcoming 80s. Olympia was followed up by release of her last named Olympia album "Olympia81", but this time not live. New album, containing completely new repertoire of songs, was a big success and was certificated golden. Big hit of the year was "Fini la comédie" (Comedy is over). It stayed 2 months as #1 in French charts. Same year she refused to be model for "Marianne" of France. Instead of disco, Dalida started to record dance songs that quickly replaced disco in France and and have occupied the clubs. By the end of 1981, Dalida starred in New Year TV spectacle called "Special Dalida". She was half host and sang her songs. At the beginning of 1982 she had many TV appearances singing new songs still unreleased. All that resulted with release of new dance album "Special Dalida". The album was massive success, most of songs were hits. She was now ruling dance scene. Most remembered songs of album are dance songs "Jouez bouzouki", "Danza" and moody "Nostalgie". All of them charted #1. Same year she was classified as third most infulental woman in France, only person from show business to appear on that list. Dalida launched new world tour in 1982 and spent much from 1982 to 1984 delivering sold out concerts from Rio de Janeiro, across Europe, to Asia. TV appearances were highly often in 80s, almost every second week. In summer of 1982 during FIFA world cup 82, just as many other singers, Dalida released song for French representation "La chanson du Mundial" but for the difference than other songs, her song was big hit. It peaked #1 for several weeks and was very loved in France by people and football fans and players. French football players used to sang it in dressing room. It was first time that already popular singer sings for FIFA world cup. Again, Dalida pioneers. Today, thanks to Dalida it is widely popular to record songs for the World Cup. Year 1983 was big success for Dalida. In first part of year she released several songs and most notable of them was "Mourir sur scene". The song hit #1 in several days and quickly was certificated golden. Dance-pop song has very profound lyrics and has stayed big hit still today, one of signature tracks by Dalida. After "Mourir sur scene" Dalida recorded several popular hits, but "Mourir sur scene" is the last big one before her death. Most of her songs of 1983 were gathered on her album released in mid '83 "Les p'tits mots", which featured other hit singles as "Lucas" and Bravo". By the beginning of 1984 private problems escalated again, so she couldn't dedicate as much as time to her career as she wanted. Alltrought she recorded completely new repertoire of dance songs. Some of them were hits like "Soleil" and "Kalimba de Luna". Both achieved moderate chart success because of less promotion. "Pour te dire je t'aime"(To tell you I love you) was recorded in summer and was big summer hit thanks to her new 1984 France tour. In mid '84 she recorded album "Dali" gathering all songs released same year. To promote the album, a television special later released on VHS named “Dalida Idéale” was filmed in 1984, and directed by then highly rated director Jean-Christophe Averty. This highly 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 video effects available at the time. Dalida also had a prestigious wardrobe during this show, changing more than 40 outfits from the best French and international fashion designers, showing off her amazing mannequin body 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 1984 in Germany. Same year, for the first time ever, Dalida refused an honour; "La légion d'honneur". In this dance-pop period Dalida sold 7 million of record and was awarded 4 golden records and one diamant.
1985-1987 Last yearsEdit
Dalida's eyes problems returned again. She underwent two major eye operations in 1985, and she put her career on hiatus as the stage lights started to trouble her. She has released "Reviens-moi", a cover of Last Christmas. During the first part of '85 she would have some live performaces, and many TV appearances. When her eyes got better in mid '85 she accepted the role of a young grandmother in the Youssef Chahine film "Le Sixième Jour". As she always wanted to become actress, she a bit neglected her singing and fully devoted herself to the movie. She returned to France to promote movie in late '85. In 1986 she released "Le visage de l'amour" with completely new recordings, and some singles from the album. It would become her last album. "Le temps d'aimer" and "Le Vénitien de Levallois" were minor hit songs that failed to achieve bigger success upon release. She did promote the album, but not well as she used to do previously. That was caused by unhappyness in private life that has never been in worse position since 1967, so Dalida spent many time in her house alone or go out with friends, trying to amuse herself, and again neglecting her career. Instead of promoting new songs, she would again organize a lot of concerts on monthly base singing her previous already known hits. Dalida was then known for amazing "show" performances wearing her wardrobe from 1980-1982 singing glamourous disco-dance songs from same period like "Je suis toutes les femmes", "Gigi in paradisco", "Il faut danser reggae", "Monday, Tuesday...", "Comme disait la Mistinguett". A lot of her previous hits kept topping charts again, in France and outisde, while paying less attention to her new songs. By the beginning of 1987 Dalida was in big depression, trying to keep up. No new songs have been recorded but she was touring globe from Los Angeles to Arabia. Being inventor of music spot in 1978, many of them were appearing on TV every day. There are many notable her TV appearances in 1986-1987 in talk shows. Her last live TV appearance was hosting the "Nuit des César" on 7 March 1987. Her last live performance took place in Antalya, Turkey, 27-29 April 1987, several days before her death.
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 sang together with Dalida. But stressed, Tenco failed 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. Prior to Tenco's suicide, Dalida and he had become engaged. 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. Dalida returned to the stage the following October.
In December 1967, she became pregnant by a 22-year-old Italian student, Lucio. She had an abortion and it left her infertile.
In September 1970, her former husband (1956-1961) Lucien Morisse, with whom she was on good terms, committed suicide, shooting himself in the head.
In April 1975, her close friend singer Mike Brant leapt to his death from an apartment in Paris. He was 28. Dalida had contributed to his success in France when he opened for her in 1971 at l'Olympia.
In July 1983, her lover from 1972 to 1981, Richard Chanfray, committed suicide by inhaling the exhaust gas of his Renault 25 car.
On the night of 2 May to 3, 1987, Dalida committed suicide by overdosing on barbiturates. 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.
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.
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 lifeEdit
In 1999 the play Solitudini – Luigi Tenco e Dalida, written and directed by Maurizio Valtieri, was performed in Rome.
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.
This is a chronologically ordered list of films in which Dalida appeared.
|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)|||
|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)|||
|1958||Vice Squad||Herself||Maurice Boutel||Film, co-starring with Eddie Barclay|||
|1958||Rapt au deuxième bureau
a.k.a. "Operation Abduction"
|Bella Morena||Jean Stelli||Film, co-starring with Frank Villard|||
|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|||
|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|||
|1966||La morale de l'histoire||Herself||Claude Dagues||Television movie|||
|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.)|||
a.k.a. "Marriage Italian Style" (International: English title)
|Anna||Franco Indovina||Film, co-starring with Ugo Tognazzi|||
|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|||
|1977||Comme sur des roulettes
a.k.a. "As Easy as Pie" (International: English title)
|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)
(Arabic: يوسف شاهين)
|Film, co-starring with Mohsen Mohieddin|||
|1997||Le grand voyage||Herself||Philippe Kohly||Documentary|
|2005||Dalida: Le Film||Dalida
|Joyce Buñuel||Television mini-series (film)
singing voice for actress Sabrina Ferilli
|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 tributesEdit
Honour ribbon barsEdit
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.
- 1950: Dalida won the title of Miss Ondine.
- 1954: Dalida won the Miss Egypt beauty pageant and crowned Miss Egypt 1954.
- 1968: Godmother of Montmartre street urchins.
- 1968: French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
- 1977: Egyptian Order of the Nile.
- 1984: Dalida declined the French honour Légion d'honneur award, the highest order of France, marking the first time she ever declined an honour.
- 1968: Medal of the City of Paris.
- 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.
- 1968: Ruby Cross (Croix de Vermeil) (Commander of Arts, Sciences and Letters).
- 1981: Dalida was awarded a medal of the National defense by then French Minister of Defence Charles Hernu.
- Non French Egyptian honours
- 1962: Calabrian Citizen of Honour.
- 1969: Italian Order of Merit.
- 1980: City of Graulhet Medal of Honour.
- 1984: Belgian Order of the Crown.
- 1985: Canadian medal for talent and wisdom.
- 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.
- 1988: Dalida was posthumously honoured by the "International Star Registry" (US), with the issuance of a diploma, awarded three years after her death.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Geographic locations
- France: Place Dalida, Montmartre, Paris
- Canada: rue Dalida, Laval, Que., Canada
- 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 musicEdit
- 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. Shirley Bassey's interpretation of "Born to Sing" is also sometimes titled or referred to as "I Was Born to Sing Forever." In 1985, Turkish superstar Ajda Pekkan recorded the song with the title Bir Gece Sahnesi, with very similar lyrics.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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".
- 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.
- 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".
- In 2007, Italian singer Patty Pravo released the tribute album Spero che ti piaccia... Pour toi, in tribute to Dalida.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 2013 Gigi L'amoroso stranded number 98 in the Belgium top 1000 listeners choice
Music from motion pictures and TVEdit
The following Dalida songs have appeared in the formentioned motion pictures or TV series.
|1959||Girls for the Mambo-Bar||"Am Tag, als der Regen kam"||Wolfgang Glück|||
|1979||Série noire||"Le Lambeth Walk"||Alain Corneau|||
|1984||La Triche||"Fini, la comédie" and "Je suis toutes les femmes"||Yannick Bellon|||
|1991||Hors la vie (a.k.a. "Out of Life")||"Salma ya salama"||Maroun Bagdadi|||
|1994||Mina Tannenbaum||"Il venait d'avoir 18 ans"||Martine Dugowson|||
|1995||Gazon Maudit (a.k.a. "French Twist")||"Histoire d'un amour"||Josiane Balasko|||
|1996||Pédale douce||"Bambino", "Salma ya salama" and "Je suis toutes les femmes"||Gabriel Aghion|||
|1996||Un Air de Famille (a.k.a. "Family Resemblances" (US))||"Come prima"||Cédric Klapisch|||
|1997||On connaît la chanson
a.k.a. "Same Old Song" (US)
|"Paroles, paroles"||Alain Resnais|||
|1997||Mémoires d'immigrés, l'héritage maghrébin||"Helwa ya baladi"||Yamina Benguigui|||
|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|||
|1999||Novios||"Gigi l'Amoroso"||Joaquín Oristrell|||
|1999||Recto/Verso||"Paroles, paroles"||Jean-Marc Longval|||
|1999||Tontaine et Tonton||"Il venait d'avoir 18 ans" and "Gigi l'amoroso"||Tonie Marshall|||
|1999||Un pont entre deux rives a.k.a. "The Bridge"||Unknown||Gérard Depardieu|||
|2001||Souffle||"Buenas noches mi amor"||Muriel Coulin and Delphine Coulin|||
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|||
|2001||Absolument fabuleux||"Il venait d'avoir 18 ans"||Gabriel Aghion|||
|2001||C'est la vie||"Darla dirladada"||Jean-Pierre Améris|||
|2001||Paroles de Bibs||"Paroles, paroles"||Jocelyne Lemaire-Darnaud|||
|20XX||La Bonne Addresse||"Pezzettini di bikini"||Gary Goldman|||
|2002||L'Adversaire a.k.a. "The Adversary"||"Histoire d'un amour"||Nicole Garcia|||
|2003||Perduto Amor||"Itsi bitsi petit bikini"||Franco Battiato|||
|2005||Dalida: Le Film||Principal singer on entire soundtrack||Joyce Buñuel|||
|2005||L'un reste, l'autre part||"Il venait d'avoir 18 ans"||Claude Berri|||
|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|||
|2006||OSS 117, Le Caire nid d'espions
a.k.a. "OSS 117, Nest of Spies"
|2007||Michou D'Auber||"Bambino"||Thomas Gilou|||
a.k.a. "Intimate Enemies" (Canada: English title)
|"Come prima"||Florent Emilio Siri|||
|2008||Mesrine : L'Instinct de mort||"Romantica" and "La Danse de Zorba"||Jean-François Richet|||
|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)
|"Bang Bang"||Xavier Dolan|||
|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|||
|2011||Le Skylab (France: Original title)||"Bambino"||Julie Delpy|||
|2014||Apprenti Gigolo||"La Violetera" and "Le Torrent"||John Turturro|
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. "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. 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.
- 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)
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Dalida.|
- Official Website – (in English) (in French)
- Dalida Forever, Official Fanclub Website – (in English) (in French) (in Italian)
- Biography at RFI Musique (Radio France Internationale) (in English)
- Biography at Télé Melody (in French)
- Dalida at AllMusic
- Dalida at Billboard.com
- "Dalida". Find a Grave. Retrieved 28 August 2010.
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