In one of the final scenes of the Oscar-winning Edith Piaf biopic La Vie En Rose (2007), a now elderly Edith is sitting on a beach and approached by an American reporter conducting an interview for an American magazine.

A transcript of the interview can be seen here.

Was this interview real, and were Edith Piaf's notoriously pithy answers to them real?

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According to this interview with the director Olivier Dahan in The Villanovan, the scene was invented, but the interview appears to be real:

Natalie Smith: There is one scene that occurs between Edith and a reporter on a beach in California that you said was fictional, while everything else in the film really happened. Why did you include it?

Olivier Dahan: The interview was real. Ninety-nine percent of the film was true, except for the last sequence on the beach. This I just imagined. Maybe at this point I needed something outside the balconies of the theatre because so much of it was dark.

  • Interesting, so it seems the only real source of it is from the director himself. I really wanted to read the interview directly. Thanks for your help.
    – Prometheus
    Feb 7, 2019 at 22:47
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    @Hashim I've been looking for the interview but when I search the web all it throws up are transcripts of this scene. Then again, what is the chance that interviews with Piaf are easily found online?
    – BCdotWEB
    Feb 8, 2019 at 0:32

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