Dalida (17 January 1933 – 3 May 1987), born Iolanda Cristina Gigliotti, was a world famous singer and actress born in Egypt with Italian origins but naturalised French with the name Yolanda Gigliotti. She spent her early years in Egypt amongst the Italian Egyptian community, but she lived most of her adult life in France. She received 55 gold records and was the first singer to receive a diamond disc. Dalida performed and recorded in more than 10 languages including: French, Arabic, Italian, Greek, German, English, Japanese, Hebrew, Dutch and Spanish.
Renowned for the revolution she created on the French and global music industry by introducing powerful, stupendous and colourful performances, she is today known, loved and respected throughout the world. An amazing, 30 year long career (she debuted in 1956 and recorded her last album in 1986, a few months before her death) and a tragic death led to her iconic figure as a combined Madonna, diva, tragic and world-class singer.