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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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  • Kristi York Wooten: Unseen Photos Of Rock Stars And Salvador Dali Revealed (Photos)
    Huffington Post - Mar 25, 2013
  • IÑaki Berrio | Diario Vasco
    Google News - Aug 25, 2011
  • Amanda Lear : Est Elle La Belle Ou La Bête ? Charts In France
    Google News - Aug 22, 2011
  • Bolts Of Brilliance From A Bad Boy Of The '60s Sydney Morning Herald
    Google News - Aug 20, 2011

Timeline

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CHILDHOOD

1950 Birth Born on November 18, 1950.
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

TEENAGE

1963 12 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. … Read More
1964 13 Years Old …  She relocated to Paris at the end of elementary school to study at Académie des Beaux-Arts, then went to Saint Martin's School of Art in London in 1964.
On 11 December 1965, she married Paul Morgan Lear, a Scottish architecture student, receiving the name Lear from him and obtaining British citizenship. … Read More
1967 16 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.

TWENTIES

1971 - 1972 2 More Events
1973 22 Years Old Lear has been briefly engaged to Bryan Ferry of Roxy Music and in 1973 was famously depicted posing in a skintight leather dress leading a black panther on a leash on the cover of the band's classic rock album For Your Pleasure, an image that has been described as "as famous as the album itself".
1974 23 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 26 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 28 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
1980 29 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.

THIRTIES

1981 30 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 36 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
1989 38 Years Old In 1989 DJ Ian Levine remixed "Follow Me" and "Gold" in a Hi-NRG fashion, while Lear hosted Ars Amanda on Rai 3, an Italian chat show where she interviewed both Italian and international celebrities and politicians in a bed. … Read More

FORTIES

1993 - 1994 2 More Events
1995 44 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
…  Most sources claim 18 November 1939 to be her birth date, including GEMA, but in a 1996 interview with Marc-Olivier Fogiel the singer revealed her birth year was 1946. … Read More
2000 49 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

FIFTIES

2001 - 2002 2 More Events
2006 55 Years Old In 2006 Lear opened another art exhibition in New York, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's Amanda Lear, and in July was decorated with the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres in recognition of her contributions to French arts and sciences. … Read More
2008 57 Years Old Lear and Casella began a long-term relationship and were featured prominently in the tabloid press in both France and Italy, before splitting in 2008.
2009 58 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

LATE ADULTHOOD

2011 60 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 61 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 62 Years Old In November 2013, a compilation of her recent recordings was released. … Read More
2014 63 Years Old Her 17th album, My Happiness was released in 2014, a tribute album to Elvis Presley.
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