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Edith Piaf's love letters to Dimitris Horn auctioned in Athens

17 December 2008 / 12:12:14  GRReporter
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“After all Edith Piaf had something to regret” reveals Helena Smith – Guardian correspondent in Greece. In her article she quotes Edith Piaf’s love letters to her Greek love Dimitris Horn.

Fourteen years before she sang her great chanson “Non, Je ne Regrette Rien,” the French singer probably went through such love, which could make her “give up everything.”

The letter found in Athens was written in 1946, when Piaf was 31 years old and at the top of her fame. With such tender words she declares her eternal love for “My Taki.” Taki is the caressing name of Dimitris Horn – the 25 year old man, who was supposed to turn into the greatest Greek actor.

“I love you like I have never loved before, Taki, please do not break my heart,” writes Piaf after a meeting with the actor in Athens during her Europe tour.

“I would like to live next to you. I think I can make you happy and I believe I can understand you very well. I know I am able to give up everything for you.”

The four page letter to Dimitris Horn was kept locked all these years with a telegram indicated as “urgent.” It is said that Horn met Edith Piaf after one of her shows in the crowded Kotopouli theatre in Athens. Then she was already famous worldwide as the Little Sparrow (La Môme Piaf).

Little later Edith Piaf meets boxer Marcel Cerdan, who she takes as one of her greatest lovers. After his death in an airplane crash in 1949, she goes into depression I starts a life with alcohol and drugs.

With Petros Vergos’ words, who is the chief auctioneer: “We will never find out Horn’s feelings for Edith Piaf, but those letters attest her blind passion and that from her side it was love at first sight,” Helena Smith ends her article.

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