Marie Myriam

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Marie Myriam in March 2007
Photo: Julien Reynaud

Marie Myriam (born Myriam Lopes, 8 May 1957, Luluabourg/Kananga, Belgian Congo, now Democratic Republic of the Congo)[1] is a French singer of Portuguese descent.

Representing France, she won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1977 with L'oiseau et l'enfant ("The bird and the child") with music by Jean Paul Cara and words by Joe Gracy. The single reached #42 in the UK Singles Chart in June 1977.[2] In 1981, Myriam also represented France in the Yamaha Music Festival with the song "Sentimentale"; she came in ninth place. In recent years, she has read out the votes of the French Jury at the Eurovision Song Contest.[citation needed]

Myriam made an appearance at the 50th anniversary concert in Copenhagen, Denmark, in October 2005 as a guest presenter and performer. The same year, she wrote the introduction to the French edition of The Eurovision Song Contest – The Official History by John Kennedy O'Connor.[3]

Myriam was married to music producer Michel Elmosnino from the late 1970s until his death at age 67 on 20 December 2013. The marriage produced two children: Laureen (born 1982) and Rick (born 1990).[4]


Some of Marie Myriam singles and tracks:

  • "L'oiseau et l'enfant"
  • "Tout Est Pardonné"
  • "J'aime quand tu es jaloux"
  • "Sentimentale"
  • "Avril au Portugal"
  • "Toda Menina Bahiana"
  • "Dis Moi Les Silences"


  1. ^ Article on French Wikipedia
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London, UK: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 385. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ O'Connor, John Kennedy. Eurovision Song Contest – Le Livre Officiel Des 50 Ans. Succès Du Livre 2005; accessed 24 August 2015.
  4. ^ Messina, Yann (5 January 2013). "France: Tragic Christmas for Marie Myriam". Retrieved 22 March 2014. 

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Preceded by
United Kingdom Brotherhood of Man
with "Save Your Kisses for Me"
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Israel Izhar Cohen & the Alphabeta
with "A-Ba-Ni-Bi"
Preceded by
Catherine Ferry
with "Un, deux, trois"
France in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Joël Prévost
with "Il y aura toujours des violons"