To this day, Dalida is considered one of the most popular singers who ever lived. Born in Cairo as Yolande Christina Giglioti, her rise to fame came quickly when, at the age of 21, she won the title of Miss Egypt and appeared in a film directed by the influential Egyptian filmmaker Niazi Mostafa. She later went to Paris to pursue fame and fortune, and that is where she adopted the name Dalida, a play on the biblical name and titular character in the American movie Samson and Delilah.
Despite being internationally loved and admired, Dalida’s personal life was a mess. She suffered divorces and the suicides of two men that she loved. In May 1987 in Paris, despite being in the midst of what was looking to be a big comeback, Dalida succeeded at committing suicide by overdosing on barbiturates. She left behind a note which said, in part: “Forgive me; life is unbearable.”