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Françoise Hardy

Françoise Hardy

Françoise Hardy (1992).
Background information
Birth name Françoise Madeleine Hardy
Born (1944-01-17) 17 January 1944 (age 68)
Origin Paris, France
Occupations Actress/Singer
Years active 1961–present
Associated acts Jacques Dutronc
Website francoise-hardy.com
Notable instruments
Voice, Guitar

Françoise Madeleine Hardy (pronounced [fʁɑ̃.swaːz aʁ.di]; born 17 January 1944) is a French singer, actress and astrologer. Hardy is an iconic figure in fashion, music and style.[1][2] She is married to the singer and movie actor Jacques Dutronc.



Hardy grew up in the 9th arrondissement of Paris with her younger sister Michèle. Her parents lived apart when she was young and her father contributed little financially to the family and had little to do with his daughters. He was, however, persuaded by the girls' mother to buy Françoise a guitar for her birthday as a reward for passing her baccalauréat.[3] Her early musical influences were the French chanson stars Charles Trenet and Cora Vaucaire[4] as well as Anglophone singers Paul Anka, the Everly Brothers, Cliff Richard, Connie Francis and Marty Wilde whom she heard on the English-language radio station, Radio Luxembourg.[3] After a year at the Sorbonne she answered a newspaper advertisement looking for young singers. Hardy signed her first contract with the record label Vogue in November 1961. In April 1962, shortly after she left university, her first record "Oh Oh Chéri" appeared, written by Johnny Hallyday's writing duo. Her own flip side of the record, "Tous les garçons et les filles" became a success, riding the wave of Yé-yé music in France. It sold over a million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.[5] The track peaked at #36 in the UK Singles Chart in 1964.[6] She first appeared on television in 1962 during an interlude in a programme reporting the results of a presidential referendum.

Hardy sings in French, English, Italian, Spanish and German, and has one interpretation in Portuguese. In 1963 she came fifth for Monaco in the Eurovision Song Contest with "L'amour s'en va". In 1963, she was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque of the Académie Charles Cros.

In 1981, she married her long-time companion Jacques Dutronc, who is the father of her son, Thomas Dutronc, born in 1973. Hardy lives near Paris and Dutronc in Monticello, Corsica, although they remain a couple.[citation needed]

She allegedly had an affair with Dr Christiaan Barnard, the South African heart surgeon.[7]

In 1994, she collaborated with the British pop group Blur for their "La Comedie" version of "To The End". In May 2000, she made a comeback with the album Clair Obscur on which her son played guitar and her husband sang the duet "Puisque Vous Partez En Voyage". Iggy Pop and Étienne Daho also took part. She has also recorded a duet with Perry Blake who wrote two songs for her award winning Tant de belles choses album.

  On shyness and fame

Because of her difficult upbringing Hardy became painfully shy — a trait which is still part of her character today.[3] When asked about her shyness in an interview with John Andrew, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011 she said:

"I thought at first my parents were divorced — at that time it was not a good thing, it was a kind of shame. My father didn't help much financially my mother, and all the other girls, little girls, were dressed differently than I was — their parents had more money...I didn’t enjoy at all everything, the trappings, when all of a sudden you become very famous... [on being taken up by the fashion houses] it was work, things I had to do, a chore - I didn't enjoy it at all...It is quite impossible to stand — to be admired too much — it is not a normal situation...I don't like that at all...I am not comfortable with my professional life really, so the word 'icon'- it's as though you were talking about someone else, it's not me really...I feel happy when I'm on my bed, in my room with a good book."[3]

  Cultural references


Hardy makes a cameo appearance in a scene from Jean-Luc Godard's film Masculin, féminin.[8] She played a minor role in the 1965 film What's New Pussycat? and also acted in the 1966 film Grand Prix. In a scene from director John G. Avildsen's film Save the Tiger (1973), Jack Lemmon's character Harry Stoner makes a reference to Hardy during a melancholy telephone call to his wife. Her song "Tous les garçons et les filles" played during the British film Metroland and Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers. Her song "L'Amitié" played during the end credits of Denys Arcand's The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions barbares) which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2003. The girl character Suzy dances to Hardy's "Le Temps de l'Amour" during a scene in Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom.[9]. Her recording of the song "Il n'y a pas d'amour heureux", composed by Louis Aragon is played in the Norwegian film Tatt av Kvinnen"[10].

  Fashion and popular song

Hardy is mentioned in a poem by Bob Dylan "Some other kinds of songs" which he wrote on the cover of his album Another Side of Bob Dylan, released in 1964.[11] Hardy's style influences Nicolas Ghesquière, head of the couture house, Balenciaga.[12]

Hardy's song "Ce Petit Coeur", was featured in the Gilmore Girls episode "French Twist".

Her song "Ma Jeunesse Fout Le Camp" was also played in the television series La Femme Nikita's third season episode "Beyond the Pale" when Nikita pulls out an old record and plays the song.

In the award-winning Greek film Attenberg, her song "Tous les garçons et les filles" is played and sung by the two main characters in a lament of adolescent longing and loneliness.

Her song "Le Temps De L'Amour" appeared in the official trailer of "Moonrise Kingdom" (2012) starring Edward Norton and Bill Murray.

  Selected songs

  Selected discography


  Selected filmography


  1. ^ "Françoise Hardy", in Unknown legends of rock 'n' roll: psychedelic unknowns, mad geniuses, punk pioneers, lo-fi mavericks & more, Richie Unterberger, Hal Leonard Corporation, 1998, ISBN 0-87930-534-7 p. 177 ff
  2. ^ Belle and Sebastian: Just a Modern Rock Story, Paul Whitelaw, Macmillan, 2005, ISBN 0-312-34137-7 p. 64
  3. ^ a b c d "Falling for Francoise". BBC Radio 4 programme. BBC. broadcast 21 May 2011. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0118bgw. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Anon. "Françoise Hardy". RFI Musique. http://www.rfimusic.com/artist/chanson/francoise-hardy/biography. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 147. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  6. ^ a b c d Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 243. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  7. ^ Logan, Chris (2004). Celebrity Surgeon: Christiaan Barnard – A Life. Jonathan Ball Publishers. ISBN 1-86842-163-5. 
  8. ^ Françoise Hardy in Masculin, féminin
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ Tatt av Kvinnen on IMDB
  11. ^ FRANÇOISE HARDY – (very) Brief Biography
  12. ^ Balenciaga Fall 2005 Ready-to-Wear Collection on Style.com: Runway Review

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Preceded by
François Deguelt
Monaco in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by


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