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    Vanessa Paradis Hair 28Vanessa Paradis, affectionately referred to by Johnny as "my girl", is the mother of Lily-Rose Melody Depp and John (Jack) Christopher Depp, III. Vanessa Paradis is an internationally acclaimed French singer, model and actress. While protective of the family's privacy, Vanessa Paradis occasionally speaks on the relationship Vanessa Paradis and Johnny share, and the man Johnny is.

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    Vanessa Paradis Hair 29Vanessa Paradis released her first single, "Joe le Taxi, in 1987, and the song became a #1 hit in France. Soon after Vanessa Paradis began her singing career, Vanessa Paradis crossed over into acting, making her debut in Noce Blanche at age 17. After several more successful albums and films, establishing Vanessa Paradis’s status as French superstar, Vanessa Paradis started modeling (again) and had two children with actor Johnny Depp.

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    Vanessa Paradis Hair 30Singer, actress. Born Vanessa Paradis Chantal Vanessa Paradis in Saint-Maur-des-Fosses, France on December 22, 1972, to interior designers Andre and Corrine. Vanessa Paradis enjoyed singing from an early age. Her career began to develop when Vanessa Paradis was eight years old, after her uncle, record producer Didier Pain, used his connections to get his nice on the popular French TV show L'Ecole Des Fans (The School of Fans). The program gave children the opportunity to perform their own renditions of popular songs on a a television talent show. Vanessa Paradis sang a song from the musical Emilie Jolie by Philippe Chatel, who was the special guest on the program.

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    Vanessa Paradis Hair 31After the success of her third recording, Vanessa Paradis launched a European tour. Vanessa Paradis played more than 70 concerts, and released the album Vanessa Paradis Live (1994) before returning to France to star in the drama Elisa (1995) opposite Gerard Depardieu. Once again, Vanessa Paradis' performance garnered rave reviews from critics, and propelled the starlet firmly into the ranks of A-list actors. After the success of this film, Vanessa Paradis devoted herself almost entirely to acting.

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    Vanessa Paradis Hair 32Vanessa Paradis, known for her dark, dramatic roles, surprised audiences with her next film choice: the romantic comedy Un Amour de Sorciere (1997) (Witch Way Love). Vanessa Paradis followed up her performance with the action comedy Une Chance Sux Deux (1998). That same year, Vanessa Paradis met American actor Johnny Depp while he was in France filming his new movie The Ninth Gate (1999). They instantly hit it off, and by the end of the year the couple announced that they were expecting their first child.

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    Vanessa Paradis Hair 33Inspired by her foray into family life, Vanessa Paradis created the 2000 album, Bliss. Companion Johnny Depp played guitar on several of the tracks, and the voice of Lily Rose was also featured on the album. Bliss was an instant hit and, following the success of her past album, also hit No. 1 on the French charts. Vanessa Paradis released her second live album, Au Zenith, in 2001. The next year, in April of 2002, Vanessa Paradis and Depp welcomed son, John Christopher "Jack" Depp III. Vanessa Paradis continued to act, model, and sing, appearing in the film Mon Ange (2004), while also promoting Chanel's new line of handbags, Ligne Cambon, and working on a new album.

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    Vanessa Paradis Hair 34In 2007, Vanessa Paradis stepped back into the spotlight with her long-awaited album Divinidylle, which earned the multi-talented Vanessa Paradis two Les Victoires de la Musique awards and resulted in a successful music tour to promote the album. That same year Vanessa Paradis also appeared in the film La clef (2007). Vanessa Paradis became the new face of fashion line Miu Miu in 2008, shortly after the company released Kirsten Dunst from the campaign. Vanessa Paradis is also currently at work on the films The Midwife Crisis and Un monstre a Paris April which will be released in 2010.

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    Vanessa Paradis Hair 35Few people boast the kind of multi-hyphenate status of Vanessa Paradis, but as anyone who knows Vanessa Paradis would quickly argue, it would be very unlike her to boast about anything. The 37-year-old singer, actress, model, mother of two, longtime partner of Johnny Depp, and famous self-effacing performer became an international pop star at the age of 14 when her single, "Joe le Taxi," off her debut album, M & J (1987), shot to the top of the charts in her native France. But Vanessa Paradis's aspirations have always been more creative than commercial. Her second record, Variations sur le Même T'Aime (1990), was a collaboration with Serge Gainsbourg, and that same year, Vanessa Paradis won the César Award For Most Promising Actress for her performance in Jean-Claude Brisseau's film Noce Blanche (White Wedding, 1989), and began a nearly two-decade relationship with Chanel when Vanessa Paradis appeared in the campaign for the fragrance Coco. (Vanessa Paradis can currently be seen in Chanel's Rouge Coco lipstick and Coco Cocoon handbag campaigns). Her first English-language album, the self-titled Vanessa Paradis (1992), was co-written and produced by Lenny Kravitz. But for the rest of the 1990s, Vanessa Paradis turned the bulk of her attention to acting and concluded the decade with perhaps her most acclaimed turn in Patrice Leconte's 1999 film La fille sur le pont (Girl on the Bridge). It was also around this time that Vanessa Paradis met Depp; the couple now has two children, 11-year-old Lily-Rose and 8-year-old Jack, and they split their time between homes in Los Angeles and the South of France.

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    Vanessa Paradis Hair 36Vanessa Paradis still records and tours-Vanessa Paradis will release a live record, Vanessa Paradis: Concert acoustique à l'Opera Royal de Versailles, this month-and recently appeared in the romantic comedy L'amacoeur (Heartbreaker), co-starring Romain Duris, which came out in the United States in September. Vanessa Paradis has also lent her voice to the 3-D animated film A Monster in Paris, due out next month, and is currently shooting a new drama called Café de flore, directed by Jean-Marc Valleé, who also directed The Young Victoria. Here, Vanessa Paradis speaks with her friend Patti Smith, with whom Vanessa Paradis recently reconnected when they both performed, separately, during Peace Day festivities on September 17 in Paris.
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