Amanda Lear
singer, lyricist, composer, painter, model, television presenter, actress, novelist
Amanda Lear
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.
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Kristi York Wooten: Unseen Photos of Rock Stars and Salvador Dali Revealed (PHOTOS)
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
When Spanish painter and photographer Martin Frias asks me who my favorite rock band is, I say, "The Beatles." I can tell by the mischievous glint in his eye that this answer is far from correct. "That's not rock 'n' roll," he laughs, rolling his "r's" in a thick Catalan accent. "That's pop music." I guess he would know. We're huddled up on a sofa in the Living Room of the W Atlanta-Downtown, where Barcelona native Frias is reminiscing about his four decades of behind-the-scenes moments with some of rock's most notorious names, including the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger ("He's rock 'n' roll," Frias assures me), Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant, Queen's Freddie Mercury and even Georgia's own Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes. Photos of these rockers - and a few of Frias's pal and fellow Spaniard, Salvador Dali - are on display through April 19 as part of the W's "Rock Iconic" exhibit. Many of these exclusive Frias snaps have never been seen before by American audiences. "My ...
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IÑAKI BERRIO | - Diario Vasco
Google News - over 5 years
Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, Boney M, Silver Convention, Grace Jones, Amanda Lear, Baccara, Abba, Barry White... lamento no haber estado allí. Ni en Joy Eslava ni en Florida Park. Autobuses que llevan al Ku o al Young Play
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Amanda Lear : est-elle la belle ou la bête ? - Charts in France
Google News - over 5 years
Amanda Lear est "La belle et la bête" pour son nouveau single, deuxième extrait d'un seizième album intitulé "I Don't Like Disco", attendu dans les bacs à la rentrée. Écoutez ce titre dance ! Amanda Lear dévoile le deuxième extrait de son prochain
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Bolts of brilliance from a bad boy of the '60s - Sydney Morning Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Michael Caine, John Lennon, Amanda Lear, Jean Shrimpton, Deborah Harry, Paul McCartney … they all posed for him, they sought him and he was as famous as his models, sometimes more so. When Duffy burnt his negatives, he plucked them at random from
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İdolleri tişörtte - Hürriyet
Google News - over 5 years
Efsane şarkıcı Amanda Lear'ı çok seven Ortaç geçtiğimiz günlerde bir davete Lear baskılı tişörtüyle katıldı ve “Gerçek aşkım Amanda” dedi. Sevgilisi Arda Turan'ın ardından Madrid'e giden Kobal da havaalanında, üzerinde 1960'lı yılların fenomen mankeni
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Génération Mannequin 5 : Bernard Montiel sur la tournée - melty.fr
Google News - over 5 years
En parallèle, je vais produire un programme court avec Chantale Lauby et Amanda Lear. Ce sera très délirant. Sinon je joue toujours dans section de recherche, la série de TF1, qui est la plus grosse audience de TF1 en série française
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Amanda Lear | La Bete et La Belle - YouTube
Google News - over 5 years
The track can be listened on Official.fm: http://official.fm/tracks/290052 Amanda Lear on Facebook. http://on.fb.me/dzgdce Amanda Lear on Twitter. http://bit.ly/15UmCK [...] After the show Alone in your hotel Sex over the phone Avec ta Bete Je ne suis
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Busselton Pistol Club turns 50 - Busselton Dunsborough Mail
Google News - over 5 years
Amanda Lear was elected the new president to lead the club for the coming year with the support of a strong group of executive members. The evening culminated with the presentation of life membership to Richard Lear for the long and dedicated service
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Amanda lear au théâtre de la renaissance dans lady oscar - Sortiraparis
Google News - over 5 years
Lady Oscar, grand classique de la comédie écrit par Guillaume Mélanie, se voit totalement revisité à la rentrée afin d'offrir le rôle idéal à Amanda Lear. Dès le 14 septembre, rendez-vous au Théâtre de la Renaissance ! Clara Barnier, icône de la mode
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Maria & the Mirrors - Soundblab
Google News - over 5 years
You used a photo of Amanda Lear on the ad for the launch of your fantastic Travel Sex EP. Are you fans? Would you ever make a disco record? Amanda Lear is a constant inspiration everyday. Travel Sex is disco music! Certainly we are looking to make our
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Premier live nocturne suivi pour Secret Story - Toutelatele.com
Google News - over 5 years
Enfin, France 3 a décidé de faire rire les Français le vendredi soir. Ce 8 juillet, elle a ouvert le bal avec la pièce Panique au ministère. Natacha Amal et Amanda Lear ont amusé plus de 500 000 téléspectateurs, soit 5.6% du public présent devant son
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Panique au ministère - Le Figaro
Google News - over 5 years
Distribution : Natacha Amal (Gabrielle), Amanda Lear (Cécile), Raymond Acquaviva (Louis), Edouard Colin (Eric), Camille Hugues (Sarah), Elie Axas (). Gabrielle est la chef de cabinet du ministère de l'Education nationale. Entre Louis, son ministre
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Un conte des mille et une nuits - Le Figaro
Google News - over 5 years
... par une haie d'esclaves nubiens beaux comme l'antique et la galerie d'Hercule qui inspira à Le Brun celle des Glaces, Salvador Dalí, couronné d'or, jouait le trublion excentrique sans toutefois quitter des yeux Amanda Lear, sa jeune muse d'alors
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Bryan Ferry rocker de ces dames - Les Échos
Google News - over 5 years
Roxy Music a été le premier véritable lien entre le monde de la mode et le monde du rock and roll, Amanda Lear, Jerry Hall et Lucy Hellmore posèrent pour des pochettes avant de craquer pour le chanteur. Si les deux premières le quittèrent pour une
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London Cabaret Zingers: 20-26 June - Londonist
Google News - over 5 years
There's living artwork courtesy of the Oozing Gloop, contortionist Rosie Cheeks as Gala and A Man To Pet as Amanda Lear. Thursday's Zingers: Be warned: professional iconoclast David Hoyle won't be taking prisoners (where would he keep them all?
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Q&A: Pop Mixmaster Pete Hammond On Nostalgia, Boring Radio Songs, And Remixing ... - Village Voice (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
In that time, he's given Wynonna Judd's music an '80s makeover to match her hair and, you know, vibe; he brought Amanda Lear back to the disco; and, maybe most satisfyingly, he's remixed Kylie Minogue in the style that launched her career in 1988
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Christina Rosenvinge, Ana Torroja y Alice Cooper participarán en acto por Dalí - Cooperativa.cl
Google News - over 5 years
Alice Cooper y Amanda Lear, estrellas de rock y amigos íntimos del genio del surrealismo, apadrinan el acto con un video rodado exclusivamente para el concierto. El Festival Acústica, que este año celebra su décimo aniversario, se celebra en la plaza
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Stryx: The Craziest Music Show Ever - Soundblab
Google News - over 5 years
The show featured apperances from established disco acts such as Grace Jones and Amanda Lear, but the real gold mine comes from acts little known outside their homeland, such as Patty Pravo, Rockets and Gal Costa (the cover of whose 1970 album Legal
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Amanda Lear
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 65
    She will release a new album, Let Me Entertain You on 13 May 2016.
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  • 2014
    Age 63
    Her 17th album, My Happiness was released in 2014, a tribute album to Elvis Presley.
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  • 2013
    Age 62
    In November 2013, a compilation of her recent recordings was released.
    More Details Hide Details That same year she was cast in the documentary Jodorowsky's Dune.
  • 2012
    Age 61
    In September 2012, Lear appeared as a catwalk model on Jean Paul Gaultier's fashion show in Paris and 2013 saw her playing the leading part in a play Divina in Paris.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details A deluxe version of the album was released the same year, with bonus tracks and the new single, "Love at First Sight".
  • 2011
    Age 60
    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.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2009
    Age 58
    Her next album, Brief Encounters, was released in autumn 2009, preceded by the single "Someone Else's Eyes", a duet with Italian singer-producer Deadstar.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details The show was so successful that it was taken on tour and has been broadcast live on French TV.
  • 2008
    Age 57
    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.
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  • 2006
    Age 55
    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.
    More Details Hide Details A new compilation was released, the 3 CD The Sphinx – Das Beste aus den Jahren 1976–1983, fully covering the singer's Ariola output. In October, the album With Love was released in France, and consisted of covered evergreens and jazz standards by Amanda's favourite divas, such as Eartha Kitt, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughan and Nina Simone. With Love won critical acclaim in France and was released in the rest of Europe in early 2007. Lear made several appearances in movies, including acting in Oliviero Rising and dubbing for the French version of Dragon Hunters, and hosted television shows such as La Folle Histoire du Disco in France and Battaglia fra Sexy Star in Italy.
  • 2002
    Age 51
    In 2002 Lear starred in Le Défi (Dance Challenge), a musical movie written and directed by choreographer Blanca Li about an eighteen-year-old dropout who dreams of becoming a star in breakdancing and the ensuing conflicts with his conservative mother.
    More Details Hide Details Lear played the mother's understanding and encouraging best friend and a fashion victim, what gave her an opportunity to demonstrate her comedic talent. She also cut a title song for an Italian TV show Cocktail d'amore which she hosted at that time and released a single "Beats of Love" with a Belgian boy band Get Ready!, which became a minor chart success. Both tracks were included on a re-release of Heart, newly titled Tendance, in 2003. Next year Lear worked on a dubbing for French and Italian versions of a Disney/Pixar's blockbuster The Incredibles, while her 1978 song "Enigma" enjoyed a massive success in Central and Eastern Europe after being featured in a Kinder Bueno TV advert. In 2005 the singer became a judge on Ballando con le stelle, the Italian version of Dancing with the Stars, and released two new dance singles, "Paris by Night" and a remake of Barry Manilow's "Copacabana", as well as two compilations, Forever Glam! and Sings Evergreens.
  • 2001
    Age 50
    In 2001 Lear threw herself back into work and put on an art exhibition in 2001 entitled Not a.
    More Details Hide Details Lear, followed by a new album Heart, dedicated to the late husband. The album offered club-friendly tracks like "I Just Wanna Dance Again" and a cover of "Love Boat", the title song from a cult 1970s TV series of the same name, both issued as singles and featuring remixes by some prominent names in the world of French dance music such as Laurent Wolf and Junior Vasquez. Containing new dance-oriented tracks as well as ballads and a number of cover versions, Heart was greeted as a long overdue return to form.
  • FORTIES
  • 2000
    Age 49
    In December 2000 Lear's husband, Alain-Philippe, died in an explosive accidental fire at their house in the South of France, which was left in ruins. 20-year-old cat breeder Didier Dieufis was also killed in the fire, and a number of Dalí's works were lost.
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    Lear contributed vocals for a cover of Giorgio Moroder's 1970s hit "From Here to Eternity", recorded in 2000 with Eric D. Clark.
    More Details Hide Details The song was a minor club success in the USA.
  • 1996
    Age 45
    During her concert at Le Palace in Paris in November 1996, the singer announced her definitive departure from touring and performing live, and although she would sporadically still give concerts in the following years, her live acts have limited mostly to short TV appearances ever since.
    More Details Hide Details Amanda released Back in Your Arms in spring 1998, an album consisting of re-recorded 1970s disco hits and remixed versions of tracks from the 1995 album Alter Ego. The album failed to make much impact on the market, but the re-recordings have since been featured on many mid-price compilations in Europe. Back in Your Arms was soon re-released with a slightly different track list and title, and a new remix of "Blood and Honey" was released on a single. Her next acting and television ventures were a French movie Bimboland, in which she starred alongside Gérard Depardieu, and an Italian makeover TV show Il Brutto Anatroccolo. On the set of Il Brutto Anatroccolo Lear met male model and actor Manuel Casella, some thirty years her junior.
    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.
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  • 1995
    Age 44
    In June 1995, she performed during a tribute concert to the 1970s disco music.
    More Details Hide Details In November, the singer released the album Alter Ego, an upbeat eurodance offering. The album again was not successful and did not produce any elusive international comeback hit, with singles "Everytime You Touch Me", "Peep!" and "Angel Love" failing to enter music charts.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The show, which used her new song "Peep! " as the opening music theme, became remarkably popular in Germany, achieving over 50% of market share, but was quickly cancelled in France.
  • 1994
    Age 43
    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.
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  • 1993
    Age 42
    Cadavrexquis, her next album, released in 1993, featured heavily club-oriented material, including "Fantasy" and re-recordings of three songs from the disco era.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1989
    Age 38
    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.
    More Details Hide Details From the late 1980s, Lear has been a regular participant in the popular French radio show Les Grosses Têtes on RTL, televised on Paris Première. To maintain her popularity in Italy, she recorded Uomini più uomini, an all-Italian language album, which included mainstream pop material written among others by Toto Cutugno and Paolo Conte. No single was released to promote the album and it turned out a commercial failure. The same year Amanda re-recorded some of the songs in French and cut a new dance single, "Métamorphose", for a French-Italian re-release of the album, called Tant qu'il y aura des hommes. In 1990, released a new up-tempo promotional-only single, "Do You Remember Me?", and took part in Thierry Mugler's fashion show. Amanda continued to record more dancefloor-friendly repertoire in the 1990s, with the 1992 song "Fantasy", which became a hit in clubs around Europe, especially gay.
  • 1987
    Age 36
    A series of re-recordings of her old hits appeared on the market in the late 1980s, starting with a synthpop version of the biggest hit, "Follow Me", in 1987.
    More Details Hide Details The following year Italian band CCCP Fedeli alla linea recorded a cover of her song "Tomorrow", newly called "Tomorrow (Voulez-vous un rendez-vous)", for which Lear contributed guest vocals. The single was a minor hit in Italy and Amanda's first chart success in that country in six years.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Secret Passions commercial success was less than hoped for, and the lead single "Wild Thing" was ultimately only released in a few countries such as France, Italy and Greece. The accident was nonetheless a starting point for another phase in her career, this time as a writer. While in the hospital, Lear began writing her first novel, L'Immortelle, a surrealistic tale of the torments of a woman doomed to eternal youth and beauty. Watching everyone else grow older and eventually losing all her loved ones, the woman is still as beautiful but unable to stop the merciless passage of time.
  • 1985
    Age 34
    At the end of 1985, Lear appeared in a series of TV spots for Fiat, advertising their Christmas promotion.
    More Details Hide Details After four years as a TV entertainer in Italy on Canale 5 and France on La Cinq, Lear returned to music. Secret Passion, a post-disco Hi-NRG-New Wave affair produced by Christian de Walden, was recorded in Los Angeles and Rome for a major French label Carrere Records. The album was to be her comeback in Continental Europe, Scandinavia, the Eastern Bloc, South America and Japan, as well as a breakthrough attempt in anglophone countries including the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States, Canada and Australasia. These were the only major markets that Lear had not conquered during the Ariola years.
  • 1984
    Age 33
    The singer also recorded a string of dance singles for various European labels: "Assassino" and "Ritmo Salsa" in 1984, followed by "No Credit Card" and "Women" in 1985.
    More Details Hide Details A minialbum entitled A L, with four covers of classic songs, including Marilyn Monroe's "Bye Bye Baby" and "As Time Goes By from the film Casablanca, was recorded for Five Records and released in 1985.
  • 1983
    Age 32
    Lear's international career momentum was slowing and effectively came to an end in December 1983 with her sixth and final Ariola album under contractual obligation.
    More Details Hide Details Tam-Tam, a collaboration with Italian composers and producers, was a modern and minimalist early 1980s synthpop album with a soundscape dominated by Roland TR-808 drum machines and sequencer-programmed synthesizers. Lear again wrote all the English lyrics for the album. Although she performed some of the songs from the album on the Italian TV show Premiatissima, she did not promote Tam-Tam in West Germany or any other parts of Europe and neither did the record company. As a consequence, Tam-Tam passed by unnoticed by the international record-buying public. Lear went on to launch a very successful and lucrative career as a TV presenter with future prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, soon becoming something of a household name in Italy. She hosted many successful TV shows there, including Premiatissima and W le donne (adapted in France in the early 1990s as Cherchez la femme).
    These were Lear's final Munich recordings for Ariola and her final promotional appearance on West Germany's most important music TV show at the time, Musikladen, in June 1983.
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    The lawsuit was unsuccessful and she remained with Ariola until the end of 1983, as stipulated in the original contract.
    More Details Hide Details In 1982 another Italian language single, the ballad "Incredibilmente donna", was released on the greatest hits compilation Ieri, oggi. The double A-side single "Love Your Body"/"Darkness and Light", released in the spring of 1983, was produced by Monn's sound engineer Peter Lüdermann rather than Monn himself.
  • 1981
    Age 30
    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.
    More Details Hide Details At the artistic and commercial peak of her international career, but with the so-called "anti-disco backlash" beginning to take its toll, she had tentatively started recording tracks for a forthcoming album with producer Trevor Horn in London. However, Ariola did not approve the material and informed Lear that she was to return to Munich and provide the company and the market with another Monn product. The result of these sessions was Incognito, only partly co-written by Lear, with New Wave material fuelled with rock and electronic elements. Incognito generated minor European hits: "Nymphomania", "Red Tape" and the French language ballad "Égal", and still met with relative success in Scandinavia. It was also her breakthrough album in South America, with three tracks recorded in Spanish: "Igual", "Dama de Berlin" and "Ninfomanía". Another non-album single followed in early 1982, a synthpop take on pop classic "Fever". This would be Lear's final collaboration with producer Anthony Monn. Shortly thereafter she took legal action against the Ariola label on the grounds of artistic differences to be released from her recording contract.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1980
    Age 29
    Lear spent most of 1980 on European promotional tours for the album and its many accompanying single releases, from Greece to Finland.
    More Details Hide Details She also made her first visit to Japan, where both the single "Queen of Chinatown" and the Sweet Revenge album had topped the charts and were awarded with gold certifications. Two non-album singles followed the Diamonds for Breakfast album in late 1980: a pop cover of Eric "Monty" Morris's early ska hit "Solomon Gundie" and the chanson-esque "Le Chat de gouttière", the latter with both music and lyrics written by Lear and recorded for francophone markets.
    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.
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  • 1979
    Age 28
    In late 1979, Lear recorded Diamonds for Breakfast, which was her commercial breakthrough on the Scandinavian market (No. 4 in Sweden and No. 10 in Norway), producing hits "Fabulous (Lover, Love Me)" and "Diamonds", plus regional single releases "When", "Japan" and the autoerotic "Ho fatto l'amore con me".
    More Details Hide Details The album abandoned the Munich disco sound with its lush strings and brass arrangements in favour of an electronic new wave rock style.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The couple had first met late in 1978 at a fashionable Parisian discothèque Le Palace, a French equivalent of Studio 54. Dalí and his wife Gala both strongly disapproved of this relationship and even attempted to persuade Lear to have the marriage annulled. As a consequence of this, and also the time taken up by Lear's successful career in music and television, she and her mentor began drifting apart. They still sporadically kept in touch via letters and telephone through the early and mid-1980s, especially after Gala's death in 1982. Lear visited Dalí one last time at Púbol, Spain a few years before the painter himself died.
  • 1978
    Age 27
    Later in 1978 Lear and Monn teamed up for Never Trust a Pretty Face.
    More Details Hide Details The album featured a variety of genre exercises like the dance version of a war-time classic "Lili Marleen", the interpersonal ballad "The Sphinx", the cabaret-esque "Miroir", futuristic tracks "Black Holes" and "Intellectually", as well as the hit disco single "Fashion Pack (Studio 54)".
    Lear took part in three Italian productions in 1978: a war-time parody Zio Adolfo in arte Führer, a softporn documentary movie Follie di notte, directed by Joe D'Amato, and a six-episode controversial TV show Stryx.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details The first single from Sweet Revenge, "Follow Me", powered by Lear's characteristic deep and recitative voice and the theme of the devil, was an instant smash hit. It reached the Top 3 in the West German singles chart as well as Top 10 in many European countries, and has been Lear's signature tune ever since. The Sweet Revenge album was certified gold in West Germany, France, Italy and Belgium and went on to sell in excess of four million copies, spawning further European hit singles "Gold" and "Run Baby Run" from the concept medley, as well as "Enigma (Give a Bit of Mmh to Me)".
  • 1977
    Age 26
    Her debut album, I Am a Photograph, released in 1977, was recorded in Munich with most songs composed by Monn.
    More Details Hide Details Lear, along with arrangers Rainer Pietsch and Charly Ricanek, wrote all the English lyrics. The album included Lear's first European hit, "Blood and Honey", as well as the follow-up single "Tomorrow" and covers of Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" and Leroy Anderson's "Blue Tango". I Am a Photographs mixture of lush disco, schlager, kitsch and camp, topped with Lear's deep half-spoken, half-sung vocals and her characteristic Franglais accent was a successful combination. The second edition of I Am a Photograph, which also contained German No. 2 hit "Queen of Chinatown", included a free pin-up poster with Lear posing topless, a photo originally featured in a Playboy spread.
  • 1974
    Age 23
    In 1974, disillusioned by a shallow and conservative fashion industry and encouraged by her boyfriend Bowie, who paid for singing and dancing lessons, Lear decided to launch a career in music.
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    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.
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  • 1973
    Age 22
    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".
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  • 1972
    Age 21
    She performed in a short-lived play along with the singer P.J. Proby in an Islington pub in London and 1972 saw her first on-stage appearance when she introduced Roxy Music and Lloyd Watson at the Rainbow Theatre in London in August.
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  • 1971
    Age 20
    In 1971 Lear modelled for a special Christmas issue of the French edition of Vogue, edited entirely by Salvador Dalí, and was photographed by David Bailey.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1967
    Age 16
    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.
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  • 1965
    Age 14
    On 11 December 1965 she married Paul Morgan, a Scottish architecture student, in order to obtain British citizenship.
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    In early 1965 Lear was spotted by Catherine Harlé, the head of a modelling agency, who offered her a contract.
    More Details Hide Details Lear returned to Paris for her first modelling assignment as a means to finance her art studies, walking for rising star Paco Rabanne. Just as Harlé had predicted, Lear's looks were very much in demand. Soon after her debut Lear was photographed by Helmut Newton, Charles Paul Wilp and Antoine Giacomoni for magazines like Elle and Vogue. She modelled for fashion designers including Yves Saint Laurent and Coco Chanel in Paris and Mary Quant, Ossie Clark and Antony Price in London. After some time, Lear dropped out of art school to model full-time and went on to lead a bohemian and flamboyant life in the Swinging London of the Sixties. Lear's acquaintances at this time included The Beatles and fellow top models Twiggy, Pattie Boyd and Anita Pallenberg. She became a "stalwart of London's demimonde", an exotic name on the nightclub circuit and a regular fixture in the gossip columns.
    On 11 December 1965, she married Paul Morgan Lear, a Scottish architecture student, and took his name.
    More Details Hide Details The name of the bride was registered at the Chelsea registry office as "Amanda Tapp daughter of André Tapp, retired Captain of the French army".
    Most sources, including Lear's 1965 wedding certificate, confirm that her father was a French army officer, possibly of British origin.
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  • 1964
    Age 13
    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.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details As for her birthplace, Saigon and British Hong Kong appear to be most credible versions, but places like Singapore, Switzerland or even Transylvania have also been rumoured as the singer's birthplace by different sources. She was an only child to her parents who later divorced.
  • 1963
    Age 12
    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).
    More Details Hide Details Rumours claiming that Lear was a pre-operative transsexual or a hermaphrodite were circulating at the beginning of her singing career, which stopped after she posed nude for Playboy in the late 1970s. Despite Lear herself contradicting transsexual rumours already in the 1970s and explaining they were a part of strategy to draw public attention, they have persisted to date. When asked by Carmen Thomas in a 1976 interview whether it was true that she was born a male, Lear replied that it was "a crazy idea from some journalist". She would later claim in Interview magazine that it was David Bowie who started the rumour. She would also address these rumours in her songs "Fabulous (Lover, Love Me)" and "I'm a Mistery" (deliberately misspelled as to reference the word "mister"). Despite some sources claiming her transsexual background is an open secret, she would always flatly deny it, even when confronted by the Dalí biographer Ian Gibson during a TV show.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1958
    Age 7
    In September Lear returned to theatre for the lead role in Lady Oscar, an adaptation of Claude Magnier's 1958 play Oscar, at the Théâtre de la Renaissance in Paris.
    More Details Hide Details The play turned out another success and would run for over a year.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details A French-language version of the track, "La Bagarre", was released on Polydor in France and while equally unsuccessful there, it became a minor disco hit in West Germany in early 1976. The track caught the attention of the singer, composer and producer Anthony Monn and label Ariola, which offered her a seven-year, six-album recording contract for a sum of money that Lear since has described as "astronomic".
  • OTHER
  • 1939
    Age -12
    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.
    More Details Hide Details During a 2010 interview with a French newspaper Libération, Lear presented her identity card to a journalist, which read: "born 18 November 1950 in Saigon".
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