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Henri Salvador made a commander of the Legion of honour with his wife, Catherine, to the Elysee, Paris, 25 June 2004.
The link is not cut off between the singer disappeared and his wife.
Henri Salvador is gone on February 13, 2008, in Paris, carried away by a ruptured aneurysm at the age of 90 years. Nearly ten years after his disappearance, while the album tribute to Henri 100 years ago, comes out this October 13, his last wife Catherine Salvador news sharing confidences.
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To France Sunday, the fourth and final wife of the famous crooner said nothing, wanting to touch the past, because her husband is part of this. She still lives in their apartment in the chic place Vendôme, in the heart of Paris. “It was our ivory tower, we hid here for years, because I knew that we would be attacked on our age difference,” recalls Catherine Salvador. Their meeting in 1995, when she was 36 years old and 78. In spite of their forty-two of away, Henri Salvador tries to seduce his future wife for two years, finally reaching its purpose : “Thanks to him, I had the chance to know the great love. He was a man who had remained young in his head.”
Diving in the same atmosphere as when Henri Salvador was still of this world – the recording studio has not moved, nor his hundred – disks, the widow of the singer continues to communicate with her husband. “This is our secret. I also visit in my dreams,” she says. It closes not the door to new encounters : “Tomorrow, perhaps, someone will be on my way.” In the meantime, she is a perpetual solace with their dog Cuddle : “It has helped me to survive to its extinction. She licked my tears.”
While the greatest hits of Henri Salvador are updated with the tribute album, Catherine Salvador has a project, which he takes deeply to heart : the transformation of the last apartment of her husband in a museum. A project which takes time and costs him a lot of money. “I have a true duty of memory towards the man that I loved. He asked me that we don’t mistreat his image. But to defend Henry I’s so expensive that I no longer have the means to travel. I have no more cash infusion, I live of my savings. Without them, I should sell everything”, she says. Concessions that it evokes surely with Henri in his dreams.
The full interview of Catherine Salvador is back in France on Sunday, on newsstands October 13, 2017.