The most vivid novels of the French heartthrob Yves Montand: Edith Piaf, Marilyn Monroe and others
He was not written handsome, but he was damn talented. He was admired by the multimillion audience, he was idolized and the most beautiful women of the world went crazy about him. Not because he was a smoothie, but as a lover he chose only the most beautiful and famous. And there was also in his life the first true love that made him a celebrity, and there was also the last one that gave him his continuation. In this publication, we recall those women who were truly loved by the talented French chansonnier and actor Yves Montand.
And so it all began.
Ivo Lavi was born in Italy in 1921 and was the third child in a family of Italian Jews. Soon after his birth, his parents decided to immigrate to America, but due to problems with his visa, they were forced to postpone his departure. And when a fascist party came to power in Italy, the Lavi family moved to France, having received citizenship in 1929. His father was an Italian communist and thus tried to save his family from fascism.
Older children left school early to help parents, and after them, 11-year-old Ivo stopped his studies and got a job at a pasta factory. All the money he earned went to his family, he saved only a small share, collecting for movie tickets. By purchasing the cheapest, the boy managed to review all the Hollywood movies shown at that time in movie theaters.
And at seventeen, the young man worked part-time as a worker in a dock and as an assistant in a hairdresser. But soon realizing that he had a good voice, in the evenings he began to sing in clubs and cinemas. At first, the parents considered their son’s hobby frivolous, but when he began to receive about 50 francs in a week, their opinion changed radically. Over time, the budding singer came up with a pseudonym – Yves Montand, and, continuing to perform before the screening of films, got his own fans.
And at 23, fate will grant a young talented singer a meeting with the famous “little sparrow”, the legend of the French pop music – Edith Piaf. A significant meeting took place in 1944, when she invited a beginner Yves to audition at the Moulin Rouge. Piaf immediately decided to become his mentor, and after a while her mistress, despite the fact that Yves was six years younger than the singer. Edith helped the novice singer in shaping his stage image, gave a lot of advice regarding behavior both on stage and in society.
With her help, Montan revised his repertoire. Piaf persuaded her co-authors to write him some hit songs. Together they began to perform on the stage. His career began to swiftly go uphill. Not much time passed, and thanks to Edith, the aspiring singer turned into a professional. He became a mature, restrained performer with an expressive manner of vocals. Soon the directors noticed him.
Not without the help of Piaf, the singer was able to realize his childhood dream – he began acting in films. Montan made his debut in the movie “A Star Without a Sky”, then there was a picture of “The Gate of the Night”, and a year later in “Idol”. The first roles, of course, were played unprofessionally, but in the future, the viewer could see the actor who was already revealed. Montand starred not only in France, but also in Hollywood.
Montand later admitted that if not for Edith, he would never have become famous.
Their love was strong because they shared a lot in common. Both of them spent their childhood in poverty, to the point of insanity, they loved music and sang with soul. The two years that they spent together, they were not only lovers and friends, but also colleagues. They gave concerts and toured together. Montan thought he had met his fate, and his Edith would always be there. But, Piaf was completely not ready to marry Montana, she had other plans for life. In addition, at one point two celebrities on the same stage became crowded. In 1946, Piaf breaks with his lover without regret. And Eve after parting went into a deep depression.
In 1949, Montan met Simon, who at that time was married to the director Yves Allegre and had a small daughter. The woman fell in love with the famous singer at first sight, and soon left her husband for his sake. Simone at that time was a famous actress and introduced her lover to the world of cinema. And he left the career of a singer to devote himself entirely to cinema.
Despite great and mutual feelings, Simone and Eve were completely different: the actress belonged to a wealthy Jewish family, and Montan was a native of the working class, which did not prevent them from being together for many years and being happy.