Yves Montand

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Yves Montand was a French-Italian actor, singer, and performer who became a national icon in France for his contributions to the arts. He was born on October 13, 1921, in Monsummano Terme, Tuscany, Italy, as Ivo Livi. Montand's parents, Giovanni Livi, and Giuseppina Simoni, were both Italian. His mother was a French citizen, which allowed him to obtain French nationality later in life.

In 1923, the family moved to Marseille, France, where Montand spent most of his childhood. Montand's father owned a small cinema, where he developed a love for film and music. He would spend much of his free time watching movies and listening to the popular music of the time.

Montand's parents were both socialists and active members of the French Communist Party, which had a significant impact on his political beliefs later in life. At age 13, Montand left school to become an apprentice mechanic in a garage, but his passion for music and performance continued to grow.

At 17, Montand began performing in music halls, cafes, and nightclubs, singing popular songs and ballads. He quickly gained popularity and was noticed by Édith Piaf, who helped him gain recognition in Paris. In 1944, Montand made his debut in the movie industry with the film "Star Without Light."

Montand became one of the most popular actors in France, starring in many successful films, including "The Wages of Fear," "Let's Make Love," and "Z." His acting style was characterized by his naturalness, simplicity, and charm, which made him a beloved figure to French audiences.

Montand was also known for his music career, recording over 300 songs throughout his life. His music combined elements of jazz, chanson, and French popular music. His first recording was "Les Feuilles Mortes," which became an international hit under the title "Autumn Leaves." Other famous songs include "La Vie en Rose," "Sous le Ciel de Paris," and "A Paris."

Montand's music career and acting career were intertwined, with many of his film roles incorporating his musical talents. In 1953, he starred in the film "The Lovers of Montparnasse," which featured his performance of "La Complainte de la Butte," a song that became a hit.

Montand was also a political activist and a vocal supporter of the French Communist Party. He participated in many protests and rallies and used his celebrity status to promote leftist causes. This led to his being blacklisted in Hollywood during the McCarthy era.

Montand's personal life was also marked by drama and tragedy. He was married to the French actress Simone Signoret, with whom he had a tumultuous relationship. Signoret's political views aligned with Montand's, and they were involved in many political demonstrations and rallies. However, their marriage was also marked by infidelity on both sides.

Montand continued to work as an actor and singer until his death on November 9, 1991, in Senlis, France. He was a true icon of French culture and left behind a legacy of great music and cinema.

His music and films continue to inspire and entertain audiences around the world.

--> Watch Yves Montand sing his most famous songs live on Paris Chanson's YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWflgUzryeDxWTdd0YimXKPjC7Jeph7L7

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Les feuilles mortes 1

Les feuilles mortes

Sous le ciel de Paris 2

Sous le ciel de Paris

C'est si bon 3

C'est si bon

Rue Saint-Vincent (Rose blanche) 4

Rue Saint-Vincent (Rose blanche)

Rue St. Vincent 5

Rue St. Vincent

A Paris 6

A Paris

À bicyclette 7

À bicyclette

Bella Ciao 8

Bella Ciao

La vie en rose 9

La vie en rose

Quand on s'balade 10

Quand on s'balade

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