Bécaud, Gilbert

BORN 24 Oct 1927, Toulon, Var - DIED 18 Dec 2001, Paris
BIRTH NAME Silly, François Gilbert Léopold
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 45 (at the intersection of divisions 43, 23 and 25) )

Gilbert Bécaud studied at the conservatory in Nice. In 1942 he joined the French resistance. After he met Maurice Vidalin he started songwriting in 1948 and after he met Édith Piaf he started singing as well in 1953. Songs like "Nathalie" and "Et Maintenant" (1961) made him famous.

In 1952 he married Monique Nicolas with whom he had three children. Late in the 1960s another daughter was born from his affair with Janet Woollacoot. He divorced Monique in 1976 and married Kitty St John in the same year. He and Kitty already had a daughter since 1972.

Bécaud was popular for fifty years and wrote over 400 songs. Marlene Dietrich sang his "Marie, Marie" during her shows. He lived on a houseboat on the Seine and there he died from cancer in 2001.


The grave of Gilbert Bécaud at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (19 Nov 2006)


Gilbert Bécaud - Wikipedia

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Published: 21 Jun 2015
Last update: 11 Mar 2023