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Born: December 22, 1972 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: France Profession: actor, model, singer

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An enormously successful French singer and actress, Vanessa Paradis came of age in her native country as a best-selling pop artist who made a stunning debut with the hit single, "Joe le Taxi" (1987), that was later included on her chart-topping album, M&J (1988). But American audiences knew her better from her long-committed relationship to film star, Johnny Depp, with whom she had a high-profile romance that resulted in two children and numerous tabloid stories. Prior to Depp, Paradis elevated her status in France and beyond with controversial ads for Coco Chanel in 1991-92, which featured her dressed as a bird inside a gilded cage, while delivering impressive turns in features like "Noce Blanche" (1989), "Elisa" (1995) and "La Fille du pont" ("Girl on the Bridge") (1999). After a number of feature roles, Paradis recorded what many considered her best album, Divinidylle (2007), and followed with starring turns in "Heartbreaker" (2010) and "Café de flore" (2011). All throughout she kept up appearances of a blissful romance with Depp, even amidst widespread rumors of a split, while managing to find international success both in film and in music outside of her movie star beau's considerable shadow. ...

An enormously successful French singer and actress, Vanessa Paradis came of age in her native country as a best-selling pop artist who made a stunning debut with the hit single, "Joe le Taxi" (1987), that was later included on her chart-topping album, M&J (1988). But American audiences knew her better from her long-committed relationship to film star, Johnny Depp, with whom she had a high-profile romance that resulted in two children and numerous tabloid stories. Prior to Depp, Paradis elevated her status in France and beyond with controversial ads for Coco Chanel in 1991-92, which featured her dressed as a bird inside a gilded cage, while delivering impressive turns in features like "Noce Blanche" (1989), "Elisa" (1995) and "La Fille du pont" ("Girl on the Bridge") (1999). After a number of feature roles, Paradis recorded what many considered her best album, Divinidylle (2007), and followed with starring turns in "Heartbreaker" (2010) and "Café de flore" (2011). All throughout she kept up appearances of a blissful romance with Depp, even amidst widespread rumors of a split, while managing to find international success both in film and in music outside of her movie star beau's considerable shadow.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Fading Gigolo (2014)
2.
 Cornouaille (2012)
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4.
 Café de Flore (2011)
5.
 Heartbreaker (2010)
6.
 Clef, La (2007)
7.
 Mon Ange (2004)
8.
 Atomik Circus (2004)
9.
 Girl on the Bridge (1999) Adele
10.
 Plaisir, Le (1998) Voice On Motivational Tapes
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1980:
Entered by uncle Didier Pain in the French TV amateur talent show "L'Ecole des fans"; performed "Emilie Jolie"
1985:
Recorded an unreleased demo "Les magie des surprises parties" under uncle's guidance; caught attention of composer Franck Langolff and Etienne Roda-Gil
1987:
Released hit single "Joe le Taxi", written by Langloff and Roda-Gil
1988:
First pop album "M & J" is released
1990:
Released second album "Variations sur le meme t'aime"
1990:
Won a Cesar for most promising actress for her film debut "Noce Blanche/White Wedding"
1991:
Signed a 3 million franc contract with Chanel to be the new face of their perfume Coco, photographed by Jean-Paul Goude
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Appeared in controversial Coco ads dressed as a bird, swinging in a gilded cage while a fluffy white cat looks on
1992:
Third album "Vanessa Paradis" hit record stores; this one had a 1970s sound and featured tracks on which she and Lenny Kravitz collaborated
1993:
Gave 70 concerts in Europe; recorded fourth album "Vanessa Paradis Live" at L'Oylmpia in Paris
1995:
Starred in second film, Jean Becker's "Elisa" opposite Gerard Depardieu
1997:
Had featured role in "Un Amour de sorciere", directed by Rene Manzor
1998:
Co-starred with Alain Delon and Jean-Paul Belmondo in "1 Chance sur 2"
1999:
Starred in "La Fille sur le pont"/"Girl on the Bridge" opposite Daniel Auteuil (released in the USA in 2000)
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Co-starred with boyfriend Johnny Depp in Terry Gilliam's "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote"; began filming in 2000 but suspended when lead actor Jean Rochefort was injured
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Notes

" . . . you know, in spite of my shyness, I find [sex scenes] beautiful and frankly, I was embarrassed very little on the set. Sex is an important motor in a screenplay, just as in life and I don't see why I should want to avoid that. And then, there was a great respect during the takes. At the end of the scenes, the technicians lowered the lights to allow me to get dressed in the shade. I do not at all regret having shot those scenes, which was not always the case in my first film." --Vanessa Paradis in press materials for "Elisa" (1995)

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companion:
Serge Gainsbourg. Musician, actor, composer. Reported to have been romantically involved during the making of her second album; Paradis has never revealed the exact nature of their relationship; he died in March 1991 at age 62.
companion:
Florent Pagny. Singer, actor. Born c. 1961; lived together from 1990 to c. 1995.
companion:
Johnny Depp. Actor. Together since c. 1998.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Andre Paradis. Born c. 1940.
uncle:
Didier Pain. Record producer, manager. Managed Paradis' career.
sister:
Alison Paradis. Born c. 1982.
daughter:
Lily-Rose Melody Depp. Born on May 27, 1999; father, Johnny Depp.
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