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Dalida is a romanisation of داليدا naming at least two singers:

1) “Dalida” was a pseudonym of Iolanda Cristina Gigliotti (1933-1987), also known as يولاندا كريستينا جيجليوتي and, following French naturalisation, Yolanda Gigliotti, was a singer of Italian origin, who made her career in France. She received fifty-five gold records, and was the first female singer to get a diamond disc.

Born on the 17th January 1933 in Shoubra, Cairo, Egypt, she was the child of an opera violinist, and was given singing lessons at an early age. She developed into a beautiful young lady and, in 1954, she won the Miss Egypt beauty contest and immediately left for Paris, France, to pursue a career in motion pictures.

Despite her looks, her first films were less than successful, but she began performing in music halls and cabarets, singing in French, Italian, Arabic in which she was fluent, and other languages. Using the stage name Dalida she recorded songs; her second single titled “Bambino” brought instant fame. In 1957, she appeared at the Paris Olympia as the opening act for Charles Aznavour and later the same year for Gilbert Bécaud. She would go on to record in several languages, touring the globe including sold-out performances, in late 1978, at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

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  • heartbreakdown

    Absolutely in love with her music <3 [2] she was fabulous

    12 Apr 4:17pm Reply
  • Whiskerss

    Absolutely in love with her music <3

    15 Mar 6:07pm Reply
  • igorgeneration

    Tragic diva, extremely talented singer [5]

    20 Dec 2014 Reply
  • top20fanatico

    Tragic diva, extremely talented singer [4]

    13 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Stereorgasm

    Tragic diva, extremely talented singer [3]

    31 Jul 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    в 70-х она записывала какую-то чушь, вы бы лучше ранние альбомы послушали, 50-х еще.

    22 Jul 2014 Reply
  • VilenaSix

    Tragic diva, extremely talented singer [2]

    29 Jun 2014 Reply
  • DANASCELLY

    Jeudi 1er Mai 2014, nous avons regardé 2 épisodes de Dalida sur Chérie 25. C'était un beau film mais bien triste aussi. Que de belles chansons, les anciennes comme les dernières.

    3 May 2014 Reply
  • Fragile-Skin

    C'était le temps des fleurs, on ignorait la peur, les lendemains avaient un goût de miel... ♥ Dalida je t'aime, repose en paix !

    20 Apr 2014 Reply
  • heartbreakdown

    diva

    13 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Fragile-Skin

    Elle a eu tellement de succès mais a été malheureuse toute sa vie... Elle est l'une de mes principales inspirations depuis que je suis tout petit et une de mes artistes francophones préférées, avec Arielle Dombasle et Lynda Lemay. ♥

    8 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Fragile-Skin

    Une légende. ♥

    8 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Ouroborosian

    Little known fact about her is that she both recorded and performed live the traditional Jewish folk song Havah Nagilah, and when asked why, she said something to the effect of "this song is in my blood". That coupled with the fact that she came from Calabria and that all three parts of her name Iolanda, Cristina, and Gigliotti are very typical of a Jewish Italian, her family were probably of Jewish ancestry.

    28 Jan 2014 Reply
  • mrvblltrx

    ı respect you dalida , forever. rest in peace.

    4 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Ouroborosian

    The ultimate tragic diva.

    27 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Berrieworld

    Tragic diva, extremely talented singer...

    10 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Irishized

    I must agree with RainyWoods below, why on earth would such a candid, lovely photo get downvoted all of a sudden? It makes no sense. I fear there are multiple accounts at work here. Disgusting and sad behaviour.

    16 Jun 2013 Reply
  • RainyWoods

    I don't like it how it appears someone with multiple accounts is voting pictures up and down. There is no way that this beautiful picture here http://www.last.fm/music/Dalida/+images/61164487 that only had 2 dislikes yesterday when it was the main picture, suddenly received 14 dislikes over night. It's unfair, I was enjoying that as Dalida's main picture. It should be a collective decision what picture is displayed.

    16 Jun 2013 Reply
  • gui_x

    Bang Bang is a classic. She's great!

    17 Mar 2013 Reply
  • daltokhee

    ¡Dalida! ¡Dalida!

    12 Feb 2013 Reply
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