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Singer Edith Piaf's tour of the French provinces was a disaster from the start. In Maubeuge. she lost her way among the lyrics of her songs and collapsed sobbing against the piano. At Le Mans, rumors spread that she had to be taken home in an ambulance. By the time she reached Dreux she was in a limbo between sleeping and waking—taking tranquilizers and sleeping pills for some semblance of rest, taking stimulants to shock her back into the raucous nightclub world that was her life. Her manager begged her not to go...

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