Vanessa Paradis

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Vanessa Paradis
Vanessa Paradis Cannes 2016 2.jpg
Paradis in 2016
Vanessa Chantal Paradis

(1972-12-22) 22 December 1972 (age 49)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
  • model
Years active1981–present
(m. 2018)
Partner(s)Johnny Depp
Children2; including Lily-Rose Depp
RelativesAlysson Paradis (sister)
Musical career
Associated acts

Vanessa Chantal Paradis (French pronunciation: ​[vanɛsa ʃɑ̃tal paʁadi]; born 22 December 1972)[1][2] is a French singer, model, and actress. Paradis became a child star at the age of 14 with the international success of her single "Joe le taxi" (1987).[3] At age 18, she was unprecedently awarded France's highest honours as both a singer and an actress with the Prix Romy Schneider[4] and the César Award for Most Promising Actress[5][6][7][8][9] for Jean-Claude Brisseau's Noce Blanche as well as the Victoires de la Musique[10][11][12] for Best Female Singer for her album Variations sur le même t'aime.[13] Her most notable films also include Élisa (1995) alongside Gérard Depardieu,[14] Witch Way Love (1997) opposite Jean Reno (1997),[15] Une chance sur deux (1998) co-starring with Jean-Paul Belmondo and Alain Delon,[16] Girl on the Bridge (1999),[17] Heartbreaker (2010)[18] and Café de Flore (2011).[19] Her tribute to Jeanne Moreau at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival during which they sang in duet "Le Tourbillon" became notable in French popular culture.[20][21][22][23]

She has also been the muse to numerous musicians and lyricists who each took one of her albums under their aegis, including Étienne Roda-Gil (1988), Serge Gainsbourg (1990), Lenny Kravitz (1992), Matthieu Chedid (2007), Benjamin Biolay (2013), Samuel Benchetrit and The Bees (2018).[24][25] As a model, Paradis has appeared on more than 300 magazine covers worldwide including Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Madame Figaro, Paris Match, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Premiere or Marie Claire.[26] Since 1991, she has been a spokesmodel for Chanel chosen by Karl Lagerfeld starting with the birdcage commercial "L'Esprit de Chanel" directed by Jean-Paul Goude.[27][28] Paradis was made Officier (Officer) in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2011[29] and was named Chevalier (Knight) in the Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur in 2015.[30]

Early life

Paradis was born in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, near Paris, to interior designers André and Corinne Paradis. Her singing career began at the age of eight 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]



Paradis 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 number one in France for 11 weeks[31] and, unusually for a song sung in French, was released in the United Kingdom, where it reached number three. It was taken from her first album M&J (for Marilyn & John) which, although it placed 13th in France, drew little attention in the UK and did not enter the British chart.

In March 1989, at age 16, she left high school to pursue her singing career. Paradis 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 French composer Serge Gainsbourg, whom she met when she received the best singer award at Victoires de la Musique, on 4 February 1990.

In 1990, she won the 1990 César Award for Most Promising Actress for her role in Noce Blanche.

In 1991, Paradis promoted the fragrance Coco for Chanel.[32] In the advertisement, she was covered in black feathers, portraying a bird swinging in a cage. The advert was shot by Jean-Paul Goude.[33] Paradis spoke of her continued admiration of Chanel in 2010 saying, "The more I know them, the more I love Chanel."[34]


In 1992, Paradis moved to the United States to work with Lenny Kravitz, whom she was dating at the time.[1] Paradis started working on a new album in English, a language she was now fluent in. 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 number six.

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 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 are 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 child with Down syndrome in the 1960s.[35] The film was released in 2011, and Paradis garnered a Genie Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 2012 Genie Awards.[36]

Paradis 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.[37] She also released a set of DVDs in 2010 called Anthologie which collected rare live performances and interviews from 1987 to 2007.[38]

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.[39]

In May 2013, Paradis released a new album, Love Songs, a double LP produced by French singer and producer Benjamin Biolay.[40] The first single, Love Song, was also written by Biolay.[41] The second single was Les espaces et les sentiments.[42] 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, as well as Johnny Depp and Lily-Rose Depp.[40]

In 2016, Paradis co-starred in Yoga Hosers with her daughter Lily-Rose, as a history teacher.[43] The same year, she was a member of the main competition jury of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.[44]

Personal life

At 15, Paradis started dating 26-year-old French singer Florent Pagny. They broke up in 1991. From 1992 to 1997, she was in a relationship with Lenny Kravitz, who also produced her 1992 self-titled album. She dated French actor Stanislas Merhar from 1997 to 1998. From 1998 to 2012, Paradis was in a relationship with American actor Johnny Depp.[45] They have a daughter, Lily-Rose Depp (born 27 May 1999)[46][47] and a son, John Christopher "Jack" Depp III (born 9 April 2002).[48]

In May 2014, at a Chanel show in Dubai, Vanessa Paradis confirmed her relationship with French singer Benjamin Biolay. They broke up in May 2015. In November 2016, she began dating Samuel Benchetrit, who directed her in his fifth film, Dog.[49][50] In June 2018, Paradis and Benchetrit married in the town of Saint-Simeon.[51] Vanessa Paradis has a country estate nearby, and her late father owned a small restaurant in the quiet country commune.[52][53]

Paradis's sister, Alysson Paradis, is also an actress.[54][55]


Paradis has been a member of the Les Enfoirés charity ensemble since 1993.[56]

Popular culture and trivia


Studio albums

Concert tours

  • Natural High Tour (1993)
  • Bliss Tour (2001)
  • Divinidylle Tour (2007–08)
  • Vanessa Paradis Concert Acoustique Tour (2009–10)
  • International Tour 2011 (2011)


Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1989 Noce Blanche Mathilde Tessier
1995 Élisa Marie Desmoulin
1997 Witch Way Love Morgane
1998 Pleasure (And Its 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 Atomik Circus, le retour de James Bataille [fr] Concia
2004 My Angel Colette
2005 The Magic Roundabout Margotte (voice)
2006 Le soldat Rose Made in Asia TV film
2007 La clef Cécile
2010 Heartbreaker Juliette Van Der Becq
2011 A Monster in Paris Lucille (voice) English and French dubs
2011 Café de Flore Jacqueline
2012 Dubaï Flamingo [fr] Jackie
2012 Je me suis fait tout petit (film) [fr] Emmanuelle
2012 Cornouaille (film, 2012) [fr] 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
2017 Maryline [fr] Jeanne Desmarais
2017 Frost Marianne
2017 Chien (film) [fr] Hélène
2018 Photo de famille (film) [fr] Gabrielle
2018 Knife + Heart Anne Parèze
2020 Les Deux Alfred [fr] Albane
2021 Cette musique ne joue pour personne [fr] Suzanne

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work(s) Result
1988 Victoires de la Musique

Best Song

"Joe le taxi" Nominated

Best New Female Artist

Herself Nominated
1989 Nominated

Best Music Video

"Mosquito" Nominated
César Award

Most Promising Actress

Noce Blanche Won
Prix Romy Schneider

Most Promising Actress

Herself Won
Victoire de la Musique

Best Female Artist


Best Music Video

Tandem Won

Best Female Artist

Herself Nominated
2000 César Award

Best Actress

La fille sur le pont Nominated
2001 NRJ Music Awards

Best Francophone Album

Bliss Nominated

Best Francophone Female Artist

Herself Nominated
2007 Ordre des Arts et des Lettres


2008 Trophée des femmes en or

Femme de Spectacle

NRJ Music Awards

Best Song

"Dès que j'te vois" Nominated

Best French Album

Divinidylle Nominated
Victoire de la Musique

Best Pop Album


Best Female Artist

Herself Won
Globe de Cristal Awards

Best Actress

2009 Victoire de la Musique

Best Music DVD

Divinidylle Tour Won

Best Female Artist

Herself Nominated
Globe de Cristal Une nuit à Versailles Nominated

Best Actress

L'arnacœur Nominated
2012 Victoire de la Musique

Best Music Video

La Seine (with ‑M-) Won
Genie Award

Best Actress

Café de Flore Won
Jutra Award

Best Actress

Cabourg Romantic Film Festival

Swann d'honneur

Vancouver Film Critics Circle

Best Canadian Actress

2016 Legion of Honour
Herself Honored


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