Real name: Vanessa Paradis
Birthdate: December 22, 1972
Partner: Johnny Depp
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Vanessa Chantal Paradis (born December 22, 1972 in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, Val-de-Marne, 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 14 weeks and, unusually for a song sung in French, was released in the UK 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 Britain and did not chart.
In 1992, now 19 and working in the U.S. with American 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 other Top 10 UK hit (number 6). She has since appeared in several films, most famously 1999's La fille sur le pont, a black and white romance co-starring Daniel Auteuil, 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. She is now promoting Chanel's The New Mademoiselle handbag. On the musical side, she is included in the French children's album "Le Soldat Rose". Paradis currently released a new album (Divinidylle) and will be touring in October. She is also coming out with two new movies: La Clef and Le Soldat rose.
Since 1998, Paradis has been in a relationship with American actor Johnny Depp. Paradis caught Depp's eye in a hotel lobby in Paris while he was there shooting the film The Ninth Gate (1999).
They divide their time between houses in the Hollywood Hills and their farm in the South of France, 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.
- M&J (1988) France #13
- Variations Sur Le Même T'aime (1990) France #6
- Vanessa Paradis (1992) France #1
- Bliss (2000) France #1
- Divinidylle (2007) France #1, Belgium #1, Swizerland #6
Hit Singles In France
- "Joe Le Taxi" (#1 (x14 weeks), 1987)
- "Manolo Manolete" (#10, 1988)
- "Marilyn & John" (#4, 1988)
- "Maxou" (#13, 1988)
- "Coupe Coupe" (#20, 1989)
- "Tandem" (#22, 1990)
- "Dis Lui Toi Que Je T'aime" (#41, 1990)
- "Be My Baby" (#5, 1992)
- "Sunday Mondays" (#41, 1992)
- "Commando" (#43, 2000)
- "Divine Idylle" (#1, 2007)
Hit Singles In Britain
- "Joe Le Taxi" (#3, 1988)
- "Be My Baby" (#6, 1992)
- "Sunday Mondays" (#49, 1993)
- "Just As Long As You Are There" (#57, 1993)