Vanessa Paradis

Vanessa Paradis

Infobox musical artist

Name = Vanessa Paradis
Birth_name = Vanessa Chantal Paradis
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Background = solo_singer
Born = birth date and age|1972|12|22
Origin = Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, Val-de-Marne, France
Married = Johnny Depp
Instrument = Vocals
Genre = Rock, pop
Occupation = Vocalist, Actor
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Vanessa Chantal Paradis (born December 22, 1972 in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, France) is a French singer and actress.


Vanessa Paradis was discovered on the TV show "L'École des fans" in 1980. She recorded her first single " La Magie des surprises-parties" in 1985. Although it was not a hit, it paved the way for the song with which she would become internationally famous - "Joe le taxi" in 1987, while she was still only 14 years old. [] It was #1 in France for 11 weeks [cite web |url= |title=Vanessa Paradis - Joe le taxi |accessdate=2008-01-10 |] and, unusually for a song sung in French, was released in the United Kingdom the following year, where it reached #3. It was taken from her first album "M&J" (it stands for "Marilyn & John") which, although it gained a number 13 placing in France, drew little attention in the UK and did not chart.

In 1992, now 19 and working in the United States with rock musician Lenny Kravitz, who was her boyfriend for a while, Paradis began work on a new album sung in English, in which she had become fluent. Written and produced by Kravitz, the album, titled "Vanessa Paradis", topped the French chart and briefly made the UK listings (number 45). One of the singles from it was "Be My Baby", which made number 5 in France and gave her another Top 10 UK hit (number 6). She has since appeared in several films, most famously "Noce Blanche", for which she won the 1990 César Award for Most Promising Actress; 1999's "La fille sur le pont" (aka "Girl on the Bridge"), which became an arthouse box office hit in the United States [] ; and 2004's "Mon Ange". []

In 1991, Paradis promoted a fragrance for Chanel, entitled "Coco". In the advertisement, she is dressed in all black and feathers, portraying a bird swinging in a cage. In 2004 she promoted Chanel's new handbags called "Ligne Cambon". In 2006 she modeled for Chanel again for "The New Mademoiselle" handbag. 2008 Vanessa modeled for a new company Miu Miu. On the musical side, she is included in the French children's album and concert "Le Soldat Rose". Paradis currently released a new album (Divinidylle). There are three versions (regular, limited edition, and the Christmas edition). She started the Divinidylle tour in October. Some concerts were filmed and the DVD/CD of the tour was just recently released. Her latest film DVD release is La Clef. Also, Vanessa recently won two Les Victoires de la Musique awards for her new album Divinidylle. Some of her next projects include a greatest hits cd which includes the commercial jingle "I love Paris in the Springtime" as well as the movies "The Midwife Crisis" and "Un monstre à Paris April" which will be released in 2010.


Vanessa Paradis has been in a relationship with American actor Johnny Depp since 1998.Paradis says: "We met in 1994 at a mutual friend's house. He made a big impression on me and during my years of solitude, he never left my thoughts. Then, in 1998, we met again. Three months later, we decided to spend our lives together".Fact|date=September 2008 In 1998 Johnny was working on "The Ninth Gate", filmed in France. In an interview, Johnny shares: "'It was love at first sight," Johnny Depp says of that night in 1998 when hesaw his girlfriend-to-be, Vanessa Paradis, out on the town in Paris."I was in the lobby of this restaurant and I just saw this back across theroom, suddenly, the back turned and looked at me. And then the eyes that were attached to the back walked toward me and said, 'Hi. Do you remember me?'"I said yes, but I didn't remember because we had actually met a number ofyears before. But this time, I was caught."

They have a daughter, Lily-Rose Melody Depp (born 27 May 1999), and a son, John Christopher "Jack" Depp III (born 9 April 2002).

They divide their time between houses in the Hollywood Hills, their farm in the South of France, a house in the Somerset village Timsbury, and also own apartments in Paris, Manhattan and an island in the Bahamas. Paradis' 2000 album "Bliss", another French chart topper, was dedicated to Depp and their daughter.

Vanessa Paradis also has a younger sister actress Alysson Paradis. They are ten years apart. While Vanessa likes singing Alysson has starred in many horror films, usually in French.


* "M&J" (1988)
* "Variations sur le même t'aime" (1990)
* "Vanessa Paradis" (1992)
* "Live" (1994)
* "Bliss" (2000)
* "Au Zénith" (2001)
* "Divinidylle" (2007)
* "Divinidylle Tour" (2008)


* "Noce Blanche" (1989)
* "Élisa" (1995)
* "Un amour de sorcière" (1997)
* "Le plaisir (et ses petits tracas)" (1998) (voice)
* "Une chance sur deux" (1998)
* "La fille sur le pont" (aka "Girl on the Bridge") (1999)
* "Atomik Circus - Le retour de James Bataille" (2004)
* "Mon ange" (2004)
* "The Magic Roundabout" (2005) (voice)
* "Le soldat rose" (2007)
* "La clef" (2007)

Awards and nominations

*1990 : César Award of "Most Promising Actress" for "Noce Blanche".
*1990 : Victoire De La Musique: "Female Performer of the Year".
*1990 : Prix Romy Schneider
*1991 : Victoire De La Musique: "Video of the Year" for "Tandem", directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino.
*1999 : Nomination to César Awards for "Best Actress" for "La fille sur le pont".
*2001 : Nomination to NRJ Music Awards of "Francophone Female Artist of the Year".
*2001 : Nomination to NRJ Music Awards of "Francophone Album of the Year" for "Bliss".
*2007 : Named "Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres".
*2008 : Nomination to NRJ Music Awards of "French Album of the Year" for "Divinidylle".
*2008 : Nomination to Trophy Women's Gold in the category "Shows".
*2008 : Victoire De La Musique: "Female Performer of the Year".
*2008 : Victoire De La Musique: "Pop Album of the Year" for "Divinidylle".

Audio sample


External links

* [ Official website]
* [ Paradivine Forum De Fans]

*imdb name|0660854
* [ Vanessa Paradis in Translation: #1 English Fansite]

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