Louis Leplée

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Louis Leplée (April 7, 1883 in Bayonne, France – April 6, 1936 in Paris, France) was a French nightclub owner[1] who discovered the French singer Édith Piaf singing on a Paris street corner in 1935.[2] Leplée starred Piaf at the popular Parisian nightspot Le Gerny's as "La Môme Piaf" (The Little Sparrow).

Leplée was murdered in his apartment in Paris,[3] on April 6, 1936 a day before his 53rd birthday. Piaf was questioned extensively by the police before being cleared of wrongdoing. There has been speculation of mob involvement in Leplée's death.

In popular culture[edit]

He is portrayed by Gérard Depardieu in the 2007 film La Môme also known as La Vie en Rose.


  1. ^ Margerison, Charles (2012). Amazing Musicians: Inspirational Stories. Amazing People Club. ISBN 1921752912.
  2. ^ Encyclopedia of Music in the 20th Century. Hoboken: Taylor and Francis. 2014. p. 470. ISBN 1135929467.
  3. ^ Hughes, ed. by Alex; Reader, Keith (1998). Encyclopedia of contemporary French culture (1. publ. ed.). London: Routledge. ISBN 0415131863.

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