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?


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. Feb 7 '19 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 '19 at 0:32

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