Iolanda Cristina Gigliotti (Italian: [joˈlanda kriˈstiːna dʒiʎˈʎɔtti]; 17 January 1933 – 3 May 1987), professionally known as Dalida, was a French singer born in Egypt to Italian parents. She sang in eleven languages, and sold millions of records internationally. Her best known songs are "Bambino", Les enfants du Pirée" "Le temps des fleurs", "Darla dirladada", "J'attendrai", and "Paroles, paroles" featuring spoken word by Alain Delon.
First an actress, she made her debut in the film A Glass and a Cigarette by Niazi Mustapha in 1955. One year later, having signed with the Barclay record company, Dalida achieved her first success as a singer with "Bambino". Following this, she became the most important seller of records in France between 1957 and 1961. She remained a major artist in France, and she enjoyed international success. Her music charted in many countries in Europe, Latin America, North America, and Asia. Among her greatest sales successes were "Le jour où la pluie viendra", "Gigi l'amoroso", "J'attendrai", "Salama ya salama". She sang with big names on the international scene such as Julio Iglesias, Charles Aznavour and Johnny Mathis.
Although she shot a few films alongside her career as a singer, she effectively reconnected with cinema with The Sixth Day, a film by Youssef Chahine released in 1986. The film was successful in Egypt where three million people gathered in Shubra to see Dalida at the preview. In France, although the film was hailed by critics and intellectuals, it became a commercial failure.
Dalida was deeply disturbed by the suicide of her partner Luigi Tenco in 1967. Despite this, she moved ahead with her career, forming the record label International Show with her brother Orlando, recording more music and performing at concerts and music competitions, but she continued to suffer bouts of depression. She took her own life on 3 May 1987.