Mesdames et Messieurs...Dalida



Sure, we love her campy pop and disco numbers, but there was so much more to Dalida. Because of performances like this one, and her tempestuous (and ultimately tragic) life, for us she will always be The Ultimate Diva.

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  1. Oh, but how I searched and searched for her tomb in Paris, but never found it.
    One day...ahem

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    1. All you needed to do was ask virtually any gay man in Paris! Now you'll just have to go back. Perhaps I'll join you!

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    2. Oh, Jason - I wish I'd known. Our visit there was a highlight of our trip a couple of years ago. We also visited the Place Dalida (which has a bust) and saw her last house (which has a plaque). All too fab.

      As is this stunning clip; she really was the Real Deal.

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    3. For years now, my goal has been to take the Dalida "Stations of the Cross" tour. And someday I will, dammit!

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  2. Thanks for posting this! Wow - Amazing! Her energy reminds me of La Lupe. I'm also loving that there's something a little t-girl about her. So gorgeous...

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    1. More than a little! Like Madonna, as she got older her physique somehow became a bit more hardened and masculine. And she undoubtedly inspired a generation of European drag queens. Viva la Diva!!!!

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  3. The voice, the hair, the dress, the shoulders....

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  4. A description I recently read of her: "the Maria Callas of the 'variété' world". That sounds about right!

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    1. So perfect. She sang in how many languages? Italian, French, Arabic, German, Hebrew... I think she has Callas beat there! Imagine "Hava Nagila" in Bellini-style bel canto. (Oh god, I can! This will be on my mind all day now, haha.)

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    2. Come to think of it, I believe she received some sort of World Peace award from the nation of Israel. As someone originally from Egypt singing Hava Nagila surely would!

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  5. Marvelously dramatic. The gown is to die for fabulous.

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  6. I am enchanted and transfixed - this was my FIRST encounter with the delicious Dalida and can only hope, she'll come again. I kept thinking "Jerry Hall" throughout this clip though, which I know isn't right but....

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    1. Topher, check out the other Dalida posts (in the label list to the right) and you'll love her even more!

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  7. My God!
    I grew up knowing about Dalida; both from my mother and well....I was a DJ in gay bars.

    But I had totally forgotten all the lovers she had who had taken their own lives, and ultimately, she taking her own.

    Surely, the phrase "Work it" must have first been uttered at one of her performances.

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    1. It was just one thing after another for her! The highest highs and the lowest lows...

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  8. I really don't understand a word of what she is singing about, but you just know she's right about every one of them.

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