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 Dalida

Dalida

Original Name Yolanda Gigliotti
Birth
Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt
Death 3 May 1987 (aged 54)
Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Burial Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Plot Division 18
Memorial ID 3685 · View Source
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Singer/Actress. Born Yolanda Christina Gigliotti in Egypt to Italian parents. In 1954 she was elected Miss Egypt, and in 1955 she played opposite Omar Sharif as a double for Joan Collins in a film that was released as "The Land of the Pharaohs." In 1956 she moved to France and under the stage name "Dalida" she began performing in music halls and cabarets. In 1964 she received a platinum record for having sold over 10 million records becoming the first woman to accomplish this. In 1966 she fell in love with Italian singer Luigi Tenco, the couple were due to have been married in April 1967, but in January Tenco commited suicide. Unable to deal with grief, Dalida tried to kill herself, but was rescued. She had many more hits and toured the world, until in 1986 she played the leading part in the Frans-Egyptian movie "Le Sixième Jour". In 1987 she died as a result of an overdose of sleeping pills leaving a suicide note that said: "Life has become unbearable ... forgive me."

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 19 Oct 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3685
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dalida (17 Jan 1933–3 May 1987), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3685, citing Cimetiere de Montmartre, Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .