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Amanda Lear

Singer + Lyricist + Composer + Painter + Model + Television Presenter + Actress + Novelist
Female
Born Jun 18, 1950

Amanda Lear is a French singer, lyricist, composer, painter, TV presenter, actress and novelist. Lear began her career as a fashion model in the mid-1960s and was also a muse of the Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dalí. She first came into the public eye as the cover model for Roxy Music's album For Your Pleasure in 1973.… Read More

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Timeline

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CHILDHOOD

1939 Birth Most sources claim 18 November 1939 to be her birth date, including GEMA, but Lear has variously given her date of birth as 1946, 1948 and 1950. … Read More

TEENAGE

1958 18 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Lear's debut single, "Trouble", a pop-rock cover of Elvis Presley's 1958 classic, was released unsuccessfully by minor label Creole Records in the United Kingdom. … Read More

TWENTIES

1963 23 Years Old …  Some sources even insinuate that it was Dalí himself who sponsored Lear's sex change operation in Casablanca in 1963, carried out by doctor Georges Burou, and also that it was him who invented her stage name based on the pun of the Catalan "L'Amant de Dalí" (Dalí's lover). … Read More
1964 24 Years Old 1 More Event
This date seems to be age fabrication, as public records show that she began university in September 1964, and that she married in December 1965. … Read More
Most sources, including Lear's 1965 wedding certificate, confirm that her father was a French army officer, possibly of British origin.
1967 27 Years Old Lear appeared in several advertisements for major brands, modelling among others for a Chantelle underwear range and the Detchema fragrance by a French company Révillon Frères in 1967, and in 1968 played a minor role in a French comedy film Ne jouez pas avec les Martiens.

THIRTIES

1971 - 1973 3 More Events
1974 34 Years Old 1 More Event
Lear then contributed to the Dalí Museum, opened in the painter's home town Figueres in September 1974, by producing a series of collages decorating the doors of the museum, and was offered writing a monthly gossip column by a British magazine Tatler.
1977 37 Years Old Her debut album, I Am a Photograph, released in 1977, was recorded in Munich with most songs composed by Monn. … Read More
In 1978, Lear continued her line of disco hits with Sweet Revenge, an album that opens with a concept medley about a Faustian fairy tale of a girl who sells her soul to the devil for fame and fortune and in her eventual revenge over the devil's offer finds true love. … Read More
1979 39 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1979, Amanda had her first art exhibition in Paris and on 13 March in Las Vegas married bisexual French aristocrat Alain-Philippe Malagnac d'Argens de Villèle, the former lover and then adopted son of a diplomat and controversial gay novelist Roger Peyrefitte. … Read More

FORTIES

1980 40 Years Old 1 More Event
Following the exposure to the music world she gained from the album cover, Lear went on to have a year-long affair with the married David Bowie and appeared in the live performance of his hit song "Sorrow" in the 1980 Floor Show, broadcast as a part of The Midnight Special TV series.
1981 41 Years Old The Lear/Monn album success saga neared its end in 1981, when Lear had become increasingly uncomfortable with the expectations and pressures of the music business in general and her own record label in particular. … Read More
The lawsuit was unsuccessful and she remained with Ariola until the end of 1983, as stipulated in the original contract. … Read More
1984 - 1985 2 More Events
1987 47 Years Old 1 More Event
The launch was planned for January 1987, however, just before promotion began, Lear was seriously injured in a near-fatal car accident and took months to recover. … Read More

FIFTIES

1993 53 Years Old Cadavrexquis, her next album, released in 1993, featured heavily club-oriented material, including "Fantasy" and re-recordings of three songs from the disco era. … Read More
1994 54 Years Old Meanwhile, Lear appeared in Arnaud Sélignac's TV drama Une Femme pour moi, and then modeled for the fashion house Grès in Paris in 1994 and again for Thierry Mugler in Berlin in 1995.
1995 55 Years Old 1 More Event
In May 1995 Lear debuted her new, erotic late night TV show Peep! in Germany, also known as Beware of the Blondes, which she would host for one year, before adapting it in France on TF1 under the title Méfiez-vous des blondes. … Read More
1996 56 Years Old 1 More Event
As an active supporter of people suffering from HIV/AIDS, in 1996 Lear made an appearance as a model for Paco Rabanne during an annual charity event Life Ball.

LATE ADULTHOOD

2000 60 Years Old 1 More Event
Lear contributed vocals for a cover of Giorgio Moroder's 1970s hit "From Here to Eternity", recorded in 2000 with Eric D. Clark. … Read More
2001 - 2008 4 More Events
2009 69 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2009, Amanda reinvented herself as a stage actress, accepting the part of Cécile in a comedy Panique au ministère, which debuted in Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin in Paris. … Read More
2011 71 Years Old However, an excerpt from an article from an Italian newspaper surfaced online in November 2011, including a reproduction of a copy of Lear's birth certificate, which states that she was born Alain Maurice Louis René Tap on 18 June 1939 in Saigon, and a picture of Lear as a young man.
2012 72 Years Old 1 More Event
Her next studio album, I Don't Like Disco, was released in January 2012, accompanied by another single, "La Bete et la Belle", and promoted by several TV appearances in France. … Read More
2013 73 Years Old In November 2013, a compilation of her recent recordings was released. … Read More
2014 74 Years Old Her 17th album, My Happiness was released in 2014, a tribute album to Elvis Presley.
2016 76 Years Old She will release a new album, Let Me Entertain You on 13 May 2016.
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