Dalida!



Twenty-five years ago today, the fabulous Dalida wrote a note saying "La vie m'est insupportable... Pardonnez-moi" ("Life has become unbearable for me... Forgive me"), downed 120 sleeping pills with a glass of whiskey, and put an end to her 54 years on earth. It's a sad anniversary, to be sure. Thankfully, her hundreds of television appearances have found new life on the internet. This video is a perfect example of how we'd like to remember her.

21 comments:

  1. Perfect for how I am feeling this morning! Kinda sexy...kinda sleepy....kinda bouncy.....kinda sequins and ermine and big hair...always with smoke drifting around my skirt of course. Fab!

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    1. Kinda young, kinda now...Kinda free, kinda "Wow!"---Oh, wait, wrong post.

      And don't forget the team of safety gays!

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  2. I was listening to this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxSzRmDrhoE just yesterday, feeling a bit misty-eyed. Beautifully doomed, but mostly beautiful.

    I chased it with this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsmHA_28GJg because Dalida + country music = amazement. Of course she nails it.

    And of course I've fallen into a YouTube rabbit hole http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3N_Js5Wuoxc&feature=channel&list=UL Why do I have to go to work?! I want to call in a Dalida day.

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    1. That last clip could be what pushed her over the edge!

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    2. Outshone by a colossal pom-pom, it is tragic.

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  3. Three or so years ago, there was a costumes-and-clips Dalida exhibition at the Paris city hall. (Remember, Paris has a gay mayor). I went ... and was shocked by the number of people there, several older viewers were in tears. She really had something that left an impact.

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    1. That, I'm proud to say, was my Dalida-introduction. The Mister and I were in town and saw the signs, and he said, "we're going." (Never forget - she was, after all, Miss Egypt, and is still considered a local heroine)

      The exhibition really had a marvelous air - somewhere between a solemn pilgrimage and camp delirium. I was especially entranced by the old ladies and their very patient husbands - very patient because the end of the show featured little karaoke cabins, and there was no pulling Yvette and Antoinette away from the chance to sing along with "Ciao, Amore."

      Since then, we've returned and done the Dalida-tour - the Place Dalida, her last house, her tremendously glam tomb, et al. She was a fabulous and complicated creature, and I think on par with Garland, Piaf, and Dietrich as icons for un certain type de gentilhomme.

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    2. Wow, that exhibit sounds tres magnifique!

      I discovered Dalida about a decade ago, and own a documentary about her---on VHS tape, with no subtitles. The footage of her funeral is astounding. Much wailing and gnashing of teeth. People of all ages (including many gays, of course) absolutely losing it. It's very moving.

      And then there's her brother Orlando...

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  4. I grew up listening to Dalida... well my mom listen to her a lot (and Nana), and by the age of 6 or 7, I could sing Gigi L'amoroso. Needless to say I wasn't the most popular kid around!

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    1. Yet another reason why we love you, Jon!

      "Gigi?"

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  5. Wow this is one of my favourite performance of hers!
    She's gorgeous here, so beautiful and shiny!
    I really need to know much about her...(maybe asking to my mother who loved her!) haha

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    1. Beautiful and shiny! Si!

      She reinvented herself throughout her career, and her life was quite tempestuous. It's a shame she took her own life, she would have been legendary no matter what!

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  6. Nobody did the sexy, slinky, seductive shimmy quite like Dalida. Prettier than Ann-Margret, less in-yer-face than Joey Heatherton, less scary than Eartha Kitt, more subtle than Mitzi Gaynor, not as frenetic as Raffaella Carra, she had more talent in her perfectly-crafted little finger than 99% of the showbiz ladies of today.

    Dalida is my absolute camp icon! RIP. Jx

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    1. You summed it up nicely, dear Jon!

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  7. As usual, I woke up when the dancing boys came on. :-/

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    1. Tasteless. I wrote about a much more fitting tribute here... Jx

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    2. Tasteless, yes, but I laughed all the same.

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