Yves Montand (13 October 1921 - 9 November 1991) was an Italian-born French actor and singer. Montand was born Ivo Livi in Monsummano Terme, Italy to Giuseppina and Giovanni Livi, a broommaker. Giuseppina was a devout Catholic, while his father held strong Communist beliefs. Montand's family left for France in 1923 on account of Italy's Fascist regime. He grew up in Marseille, where, as a young man, he worked in his sister's barber shop, and later on the docks. He began a career in show business as a music-hall singer. In 1944, he was discovered by Adith Piaf in Paris and she made him part of her act. Montand went on to international recognition as a singer and actor, starring in numerous films.
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