The 1977 Eurovision winner, and last winner for France, Marie Myriam, gave an interview to RTL France, as every year before Eurovision. In her interview, she announced that she is preparing to publish a book of her memories titled La Fille du Ribatejo (The girl of Ribatejo). Her narration book is scheduled to be published on 3 May.
A life full of ups and downs
In book, Marie Myriam talks about her life since she was born in Africa. She was born as Marie Lopes in Congo in 1957 and then she moved to Portugal for a brief stay with her admirable parents. Then they moved to France where they opened the first and only Portuguese restaurant in the Planchat street area, callen Ribatejo.
When one day the singer and composer Jean-Paul Cara visited the restaurant, he heard Myriam singing in the basement. It was such a big surprise when he told her that he would take her to Eurovision, after listening to her voice.
After that, she was renamed to Marie Myriam and took to the stage of London with her song L’oiseau et l’enfant. At Eurovision, one person of her delegation realized that they had forgotten in Paris the scabbards of the dresses of her backing singers! But Myriam was there to win, and she did it!
After her victory, the sales of her first song were very disappointing but she didn’t gave up. As she stated:
I did not spit in the soup, I was very proud to make L’oiseau et l’enfant, but like a painter, I can not love a single color.
Myriam also talked about her personal life; her love with the jealousy Patrick Sébastien and the man of her life Michel Elmosino with died suddenly in 2013.
When it comes to this year’s French participation of Alma, the 1977 winner said:
If Alma wins, it’s going to be a huge thing for France. Besides, I really like her song Requiem.
France, as part of the Big 5 will appear automatically in the Grand Final of 13 May. The 62nd Eurovision Song Contest will take place on 9, 11 and 13 May at the IEC in Kyiv, Ukraine.