Vanessa PARADIS

Vanessa Paradis had her first hit when she was 14 years old in 1987. The song, "Joe Le Taxi," launched a career that encompassed acting and modeling, creative pursuits that made the French native an international superstar and attracted such high-profile romantic interests as Lenny Kravitz - who produced her eponymous English debut in 1992 - and Johnny Depp, who fathered her actress daughter, Lily-Rose Depp, in 1999.

Born in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, Val-de-Marne, France on December 22, 1972, Vanessa Paradis was the niece of record producer Didier Pain. Her uncle fostered her career in the early days, landing her a spot on a televised talent show, L'Ecole des Fans, which led to her first single, "La Magie des Surprises Parties," in 1983. Four years later, when Paradis was 14, she released her first album, M&J, which feat...

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