Vanessa Paradis

Vanessa Paradis

Vanessa Paradis at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival
Born Vanessa Chantal Paradis
(1972-12-22) 22 December 1972
Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, Val-de-Marne, France
  • Singer-songwriter
  • musician
  • actress
  • model
Years active 1981–present
Partner(s) Florent Pagny (1988–91)
Lenny Kravitz (1992–97)
Stanislas Merhar (1997–98)
Johnny Depp (1998–2012)
Benjamin Biolay (2012–15)
Samuel Benchetrit (2016-present)
Children 2, including Lily-Rose Depp
Relatives Alysson Paradis (sister)

Musical career

  • Vocals
  • guitar
Associated acts

Vanessa Chantal Paradis (French pronunciation: [vanɛsa ʃɑ̃tal paʁadi]) (born 22 December 1972)[1][2] is a French singer-songwriter, musician, actress and model.

She became a child star at 14 with the worldwide success of her single "Joe le taxi". Since 1991, Paradis has been a spokesmodel for Chanel. She was in a relationship with American actor Johnny Depp from 1998 to 2012; they have two children: Lily-Rose and John "Jack" Christopher Depp III. Vanessa's sister, Alysson Paradis, is also an actress.[3][4]

Life and career

Early years

Vanessa Paradis was born in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, France, to interior designers Corinne and André Paradis. She began to develop her singing career at age seven when her uncle, record producer Didier Pain, helped her appear on the local television program L'École des fans, a talent show for child singers.[1]


She recorded her first single, "La Magie des surprises-parties", in 1983 and performed it in an Italian festival in 1985. Although not a hit, it paved the way for the song with which she became internationally famous, "Joe le taxi", in 1987 when she was 14. It was No. 1 in France for 11 weeks[5] and, unusually for a song sung in French, was released in the United Kingdom, where it reached No. 3. It was taken from her first album M&J (it stands for Marilyn & John) which, although it placed 13th in France, drew little attention in the UK and did not enter the chart.

In March 1989, at age 16, she left high school to pursue her career.

She released the album Variations sur le même t'aime in 1990, containing a remake of the Lou Reed song "Walk on the Wild Side". The album was written by acclaimed French composer Serge Gainsbourg, whom she met when she received the best singer award at Les Victoires de la Musique, on 4 February 1990. In 1990, Paradis won the 1990 César Award for Most Promising Actress for her role in Noce Blanche.

In 1991, Paradis promoted the fragrance Coco for Chanel.[6] In the advertisement, she was covered in black feathers, portraying a bird swinging in a cage. The advert was shot by Jean-Paul Goude.[7] Paradis spoke of her continued admiration of Chanel in 2010 saying, "The more I know them, the more I love Chanel."[8]


In 1992, she moved to the United States to work with Lenny Kravitz, whom she also dated at the time.[1][9] Paradis started working on a new album in English, a language in which she was now 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 hit in the UK, peaking at No. 6.

In March 1993, Paradis started her first international tour, the Natural High Tour; she performed in France, England and Canada. In February 1994, Live was released in France. In April 1994, Paradis filmed Élisa, under the direction of Jean Becker. Elisa was a big success in France, and was released internationally.


In 1997, Paradis played in Un amour de sorcière with Jeanne Moreau and Jean Reno, before filming Une chance sur deux, with Alain Delon and Jean-Paul Belmondo. In March 1999, La fille sur le Pont, by Patrice Leconte was released. This movie was shot and released in black and white. In 2004, she promoted Chanel's new handbags called Ligne Cambon.

In 2005, she modeled for Chanel again for The New Mademoiselle handbag. In 2008, she modelled for Miu Miu. Meanwhile, she was included in the French children's album and concert Le Soldat Rose in 2006.

Paradis performing in 2007


Paradis released a new album (Divinidylle) in 2007 which was released in the UK on 11 December (September in France). There are three versions (regular, limited edition, and the Christmas edition). She started the Divinidylle Tour in October. Some concerts were filmed and a DVD/CD of the tour was released. Paradis won two 'Les Victoires de la Musique' awards for this album in February 2008. Some of her later projects include a greatest hits CD (Best of Vanessa Paradis) which includes the commercial jingle "I love Paris in the Springtime"; she also starred in the animated film Un monstre à Paris, released in 2010.

Canadian film director Jean-Marc Vallée cast Paradis in a starring role in his film Café de Flore, in which she plays the single mother of a Down syndrome child in the 1960s.[10] The film was released in 2011, and Paradis garnered a Genie Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 2012 Genie Awards.[11]

She released an acoustic album in November 2010 entitled Une nuit à Versailles. The album was recorded at L'Opéra of the Palace of Versailles during her Vanessa Paradis Concert Acoustique Tour.[12] She also released a set of DVDs in 2010 called Anthologie which collected rare live performances and interviews from 1987–2007.[13]

In 2010 she became the face of Chanel's new lipstick, Rouge Coco. She also became the face of their new handbag line, Ranger.

Her 2011 international tour included performances in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe and Turkey.[14]

In May 2013, Vanessa Paradis released a new album, Love Songs, a double LP produced by French singer and producer Benjamin Biolay.[15] The first single, Love Song, was also written by Biolay.[16] The second single was Les espaces et les sentiments.[17] The third single, Mi Amor, was written by BB Brunes frontman Adrien Gallo. Other people that have contributed to the songwriting of the album include Mickey 3D frontman Mickaël Furnon, Johnny Depp, Paradis herself and their daughter Lily-Rose.[15]

In 2016, Paradis starred in Yoga Hosers with her daughter Lily Rose, as a history teacher.[18] That same year, she was a member of the main competition jury of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.[19]

Personal life

She dated French singer Florent Pagny from 1988 to 1991. Later she dated Lenny Kravitz from 1992 to 1997. He is the producer from her third album Vanessa Paradis Released in September 21, 1992. She was also in a relationship with French actor Stanislas Merhar from 1997 to 1998. They dated for only 12 months. From 1998 to 2012, Paradis was in a relationship with American actor Johnny Depp.[20] They have a daughter, Lily-Rose Depp [21] (born 1999[22]), and a son, John Christopher "Jack" Depp III (born in 2002).[23] After her split from Johnny Depp, she had a relationship with French singer Benjamin Biolay from 2012 to 2015. He is the producer and director of her 2013 Vanessa album 2013 Love Songs. He also joined Vanessa on her 2013-2014 Love Songs Tour. In 2016, while shooting Samuel Benchetrit's fifth film, Dog, she has fallen in love with him.[24]


She has been a member of the Les Enfoirés charity ensemble since 1993.[25]


Vanessa Paradis – Joe Le Taxi excerpt
An excerpt from Joe Le Taxi

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Studio albums


Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1989 Noce Blanche Mathilde Tessier
1995 Élisa Marie Desmoulin
1997 Witch Way Love Morgane
1998 Pleasure (And It's Little Inconveniences) La voix du nouvel âge (voice)
1998 Une chance sur deux Alice Tomaso
1999 Girl on the Bridge Adèle
2002 Lost in La Mancha Herself Documentary (footage from the filming
of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote)
2004 Return of James Battle, TheThe Return of James Battle Concia
2004 My Angel Colette
2005 Magic Roundabout, TheThe Magic Roundabout Margotte (voice)
2006 Le soldat Rose Made in Asia TV film
2007 La clef Cécile
2010 Heartbreaker Juliette Van Der Becq
2011 Monster in Paris, AA Monster in Paris Lucille (voice) English and French dubs
2011 Café de Flore Jacqueline
2012 Dubaï Flamingo Jackie
2012 Low Profile Emmanuelle
2012 Cornouaille Odile
2013 Fading Gigolo Avigal
2014 Rio, I Love You Mulher segment "Quando não há Mais Amor"
2014 Sous les jupes des filles Rose
2016 Yoga Hosers History Teacher

Awards and nominations

Year Nominated work(s) Award Category Result
1988 "Joe le taxi" Victoires de la Musique
  • Best Song
  • Best New Female Artist
1989 Nominated
1990 "Mosquito"
  • Best Music Video
Noce Blanche César Award Won
Herself Prix Romy Schneider
  • Most Promising Actress
Victoire de la Musique Won
1991 Tandem Won
1993 Herself
  • Best Female Artist
2000 La fille sur le pont César Award Nominated
2001 Bliss NRJ Music Awards
  • Best Francophone Album
  • Best Francophone Female Artist
2007 Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
  • Chevalier
2008 Trophée des Femmes en Or
  • Femme de Spectacle
"Dès que j'te vois" NRJ Music Awards
  • Best Song
  • Best French Album
Victoire de la Musique
  • Best Pop Album
  • Best Female Artist
Globe de Cristal
  • Best Actress
2009 Divinidylle Tour Victoire de la Musique
  • Best Music DVD
2011 Herself
  • Best Female Artist
Une nuit à Versailles Globe de Cristal Nominated
  • Best Actress
2012 "La Seine" (with -M-) Victoire de la Musique
  • Best Music Video
Café de Flore Genie Award Won
Jutra Award Won
Cabourg Romantic Film Festival
  • Swann d'honneur
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Nominated
2016 Herself Legion of Honour
  • Chevalier


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