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Hollywood Celebrates Singing legend Charles Aznavour At 93

French icon Charles Aznavour, one of the 20th century’s most prolific entertainers who continues to write and perform at 93, was due to be honored Thursday with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. With a career spanning eight decades, the crooner has recorded 1,400 songs — 1,300 of which he wrote — and has produced over 390 albums in multiple languages.

 

“He’s written hundreds of songs that are known. He was awarded many awards for his work and he is still performing at his age, which is wonderful,” Ana Martinez, producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies, told AFP. A recipient of France’s prestigious Officier de la Legion d’honneur (Officer of the Legion of Honor), which recognizes extraordinary military and civil service, Aznavour is also credited in more than 60 movies.

 

The star defied detractors who pointed to his unconventional looks to become one of France’s most iconic singers, dubbed the country’s Frank Sinatra, whose melancholy tunes have captivated global audiences. He has said he still “writes every day, often a song a day” and performs tirelessly, drawing thousands to his shows.

 

Born Shahnour Varinag Aznavourian in Paris to Armenian immigrants on May 22, 1924, he has sold more than 100 million records. “Above all, I did it with love and dedication and for the pleasure for my audience,” he says on his website.

 

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