French movie star Marion Cotillard may be best-known to U.S. audiences for her roles in "Inception" or Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris." She won an Oscar for playing Ãdith Piaf in 2007's "La Vie en Rose," and now she's up for another Oscar, for "Two Days, One Night."
This week the Pacifica Radio Archives, in the midst of producing a special holiday broadcast on the Pacifica radio stations, we stop to reflect on the events happening in Paris and the response around the world. I couldn’t find anything more healing than the voice of the defiant Edith Piaf. I wanted to hear her sing of having no regrets, and the anthems forcing me to stand and raise a fist in the against oppression …
We don’t yet know when this was broadcast. It was in the 1970’s. I believe it was 1973 on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of her death, October 11, 1963. It was produced by the head of the Drama and Literature department at KPFK in Los Angeles, Ruth Hirschman…now Ruth Seymour. We send our heartfelt thanks to Ruth and wish her health and peace during this holiday season. Happy Hanakkuh Ruth.
And to close, we have another instance from the archives paying tribute to Piaf. Here is an excerpt from the 1974 radio profile of the French singer produced by veteran Pacifica producer Carlos Hagen.
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