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Yolanda Christina Gigliotti, 17 January 1933, Cairo, Egypt, d. 3 May 1987, Paris, France. On winning a Miss Egypt beauty contest, Gigiotti, who was born to Italian parents, moved to Paris, France where she spent several fruitless months seeking work as a film actress. Driven to sing as an intermission act in La Villa DEste club, she impressed record industry moguls Bruno Coquatrix and Lucien Morisse (whom she would later marry). With the nom de théâtre Dalida, her second single, Bambino (1961) - a UK hit for the Springfields - precipitated a run of French language smashes in a sultry style not unlike Astrud Gilberto. Among these were vocal versions of the movie title theme of Zorba The Greek and Nini Rossos 1965 instrumental, Il Silenzio. By then, Dalida had enjoyed around 30 chart-toppers throughout Europe but a punishing schedule of 200 engagements a year was taking its toll as a flowchart of papparazzi titbits...