The tempestuous life of France's most iconic singer.
Monique Lange was a renowned French novelist, screenwriter, and editor. She was born into a family of intellectuals, which included philosophers Henri Bergson and Emmanuel Berl. A lifelong writer and lover of words, she worked as an editor for La revue de cinema and the famous literary journal Les temps modernes. She wrote screenplays for Roberto Rossellini (Vanina Vanini), Henri-Georges Clouzot (La prisonniere) and Vittorio De Seta (L'invitata), among many others. Her novels include Catfish, The Plane Trees, and The Bathing Huts, and in addition to her biography of Piaf she produced a biography of Jean Cocteau. She died in 1996.