Vanessa Paradis is a singer, actress, and model.
Vanessa Paradis began to develop her singing career 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. Vanessa recorded her first single, “La Magie des surprises-parties”, in 1983 and performed it in an Italian festival in 1985. Although “La Magie des surprises-parties” was 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 years old. It was No. 1 in France for 11 weeks and, unusually for a song sung in French, was released in the United Kingdom, where it reached No. 3. In March 1989, at age 16, Paradis left high school in order to pursue her career. Vanessa 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 receiving 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.
1992 is when Vanessa moved to the United States to work with Lenny Kravitz, whom she also dated at the time. 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. France, England and Canada were the locations where Paradis toured. In 2005, she modeled for Chanel again for The New Mademoiselle handbag. Three years later, Vanessa modeled for Miu Miu. On the musical side, Paradis 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). Paradis won two ‘Les Victoires de la Musique’ awards for this album in February 2008.
Canadian film director Jean-Marc Vallée cast Paradis in a starring role in his film Café de Flore. Paradis garnered a Genie Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 2012 Genie Awards. In 2010, Vanessa Paradis became the face of Chanel’s new lipstick, Rouge Coco, and 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. In May 2013, Vanessa Paradis released a new album, Love Songs, a double LP produced by French singer and producer Benjamin Biolay. The first single, Love Song, was also written by Biolay. The second single was Les espaces et les sentiments. 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.
How Vanessa Paradis Made Her Money – Singing, acting, and modeling.
Estimated Net Worth: $150 Million
Birthday: December 22, 1972