Theophanis Lamboukas, known as Théo Sarapo (26 January 1936 in Paris – 28 August 1970 in Limoges, Haute-Vienne, France), was the last husband of the French singer Édith Piaf. Formerly a hairdresser, he was 26 years old when he married the 46-year-old Piaf. He was introduced to her by Claude Figus, Piaf's secretary.
A handsome actor-singer of Greek heritage, Sarapo scored a hit with Piaf in 1962 with the song À quoi ça sert l'amour? (What Good Is Love?). Having by Gallic law inherited Piaf's 7 million francs worth of debts, Sarapo was evicted from the apartment they shared on Boulevard Lannes on Christmas Day 1963, and recorded "La maison qui ne chante plus" (the house which no longer sings), which also became a hit; another big hit was "Le jour viendra", which became in English "Our Day Will Come". When he began singing with Piaf, his voice was very nasal, but over the next few years he developed a tone which was breathtakingly mellow. His other hits included "La Ronde" and "Nous n'étions pas pareils". He was an able actor whose best known film was Judex, directed by Georges Franju, which was being filmed at the time of Piaf's death. Sarapo died at the side of the road following an automobile accident on the 28. August 1970. He is buried beside Piaf and her daughter Marcelle (to lover Louis Dupont) in Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. Their motto on their tomb translates as "Love Conquers All". Sarapo was the last in a long line of Piaf discoveries (Yves Montand, Les Compagnons de la chanson, Georges Moustaki, etc.).
His stage name "Sarapo", as pronounced in French, is Greek for "I love you" (Σ‘αγαπώ, s'agapo), and was chosen by Piaf herself.
Théo Sarapo at the Internet Movie Database
A biography by Theo's younger sister, Christie Laume
Medieval Greece / Byzantine Empire
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