French Classical Singer. Born in Casablanca to Jewish family of Italian origin, she became well known in the early 1960s at the Festival of the Rose d' Or in the Antibes; recorded "Cent mille chansons" ("A Hundred Thousand Songs") in 1962. In 1967, participated in one of the more important classic festivals, the Festival of Sofía, Bulgaria. Best remembered for her rendition of "Un Jour, en Enfant" ("Ond Day, one Child"), representing France, she sang it to win the 1969 Eurovision Song Contest held in Spain. This song quickly rose to first place across France and the same year she received the Academy Charles Cros prize. Speaking a number of languages in addition to French, among them Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Hebrew and Arabic, her popularity quickly spread. She also sang in Australia, Canada, (in Québec she was specially appreciated), South America and Russia, where she sold more than a million records. Her discography includes 17 songs and three CDs. Cause of death: pulmonary infection, in Paris.
Bio by: Fred Beisser