Sparrow of France Edith Piaf and the giant Yves Montand
A huge role in the professional development of the singer and in his personal life played a meeting with Edith Piaf. After listening and the first joint performances, she was so fascinated by the young Marseille that she had a burning desire to make him a real professional. Under the tutelage of Piaf Montand, who turned out to be a very capable student, he took up self-education. She taught Willow the beauty of singing that made him great. She taught us to truly love a woman and not be afraid to show all ardor in love, to feel light and natural in passion. The little sparrow taught a simple, muscular guy, 187 cm tall and weighing 82 kilograms.
And Yves Montand, despite his harsh and hard character, did not resist the lessons of love, but thirsted for more and more new meetings, especially after quarrels, singer Yves Montandy scandals, waited for that precious moment when he would be forgiven again and could be in the arms of his beloved.
Yves Montand repeatedly offered Edith Piaf to get married, but they remained just loyal friends … For both, career was on the first place, passion gradually faded away. The ever-increasing success of Willow frightened Edith a little. Since the autumn of 1945, they no longer arranged joint concerts. In parting, Piaf made another gift to her protege, opening the doors of the cinema to which he was so eager.
Concerts, concerts …
In the late 1940s, Montan continues to perform with concerts and begins to record records. The repertoire of the artist is again corrected. Then Yves Montand began to sing songs from the movie “Gates of the Night”: “Children Who Love Each Other” and “Autumn Leaves”. The latter eventually becomes the most popular in his repertoire. In the spring of 1949, the singer performed with great success in ABC instead of Edith Piaf (at her request), and in the fall at concerts in Etoile for the first time handed over to the public the song of Francis Lemarque “In Paris”.
Since 1951, Montana begins to regularly perform in the “Etoile” with large solo programs. Twenty-two songs in the evening and two poems. In the songs of Montana primarily interested in the words, and only then – the music. At this time, the singer sets an absolute record of France: more than two hundred performances in a row, sold more than 200 thousand tickets, the collection from the concerts amounted to 118 million francs. Firm “Odeon” has released a golden disc “Autumn Leaves”.
Americans have long refused to issue entry visas to Montana and his wife due to their “left-wing” views, but in 1959 the singer still managed to tour the United States, which singer Yves Montand turned out to be a resounding success. The style of Montan history songs that need facial expressions and movements was completely unusual for Americans and so original that they dubbed it the “Montana style”. Willow had serious problems with the English language, but thanks to the painstaking rehearsals and careful elaboration of the script, these difficulties were obscured. Montana rescued the innate naturalness of behavior on stage and the ease with which he flaunted memorized phrases. The newspapers wrote about the singer’s “almost animal magnetism” and called him a new sex symbol, which was unusual for Montana.
After a successful US tour, the actor was offered the lead male role in the musical comedy “Make Love” (1960), where his partner was Marilyn Monroe.
The biggest betrayal
singer Yves Montans Marilyn Monroe in the film Let’s Make Love
Very soon, Montan began to express dissatisfaction with the behavior on the set of Marilyn. Sometimes, without warning, she disappeared from the studio and could not appear until the evening. Despite professional disagreements, the novel began with the Frenchman and Marilyn. On the set it was clear that they like to pretend to be lovers. Simona Signoret felt the danger, but bound by the contract, was forced to travel to Europe. Monroe’s husband, Arthur Miller, who was now in Los Angeles, then beyond its borders, closed his eyes to the imminent danger, since he seemed to be resigned to the fact that a marriage could collapse not today or tomorrow. Marilyn and Montand in their neighboring bungalows were increasingly left to their own devices.
That summer, when the work on the film was completed, Montana returned to Paris through New York. Meanwhile, Marilyn on the East Coast embarked on an ingenious interception of her lover. A short stop turned into a five-hour delay. Marilyn and Montana were seen in her limo, where they were cuddled in the backseat. Thereafter, a confused and confused Frenchman returned to Paris, where his suffering wife was waiting for him.
Marilyn did not want to let him go. For many months, she teased herself with hope, the singer Yves Montand that will be able to persuade Montanana to his side. But they never met again.