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Françoise Madeleine Hardy

Birthdate: (73)
Birthplace: Paris, Ile-de-France, France
Immediate Family:

Wife of <private> Dutronc
Mother of <private> Dutronc
Sister of <private> (Hardy)

Managed by: Geoffrey David Trowbridge
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Immediate Family

    • <private> Dutronc
    • <private> Dutronc
    • <private> (Hardy)

About Françoise Madeleine Hardy

Françoise Madeleine Hardy is a French singer, actress and astrologer. Hardy is an iconic figure in fashion, music and style.

She grew up in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, the daughter of an unmarried mother. She received a guitar on her sixteenth birthday as a reward for passing her baccalaureat. 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 finishing school, 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 one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.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. 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 Charles Cros Academy.

In 1981, she married her long-time companion Jacques Dutronc, with whom she had had a son, Thomas Dutronc, in 1973.

She allegedly had an affair with Dr Christian Barnard, the famous South African heart transplant surgeon.

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. 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. Hardy lives near Paris and Dutronc lives in Monticello, Corsica, although they remain a couple.

Cultural references:

Films -

Hardy makes a cameo appearance in a scene from Jean-Luc Godard's film Masculin, féminin. She had a small part 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. 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.

Fashion and popular song -

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

Selected songs:

   * "Tous les garçons et les filles" (1962)
   * "J'suis d'accord" (1962)
   * "Le temps de l'amour" (1962)
   * "Le premier bonheur du jour" (1963)
   * "L'amour s'en va" (1963)
   * "Only friends / Ton meilleur ami" (1964)
   * "Mon amie la rose" (1964)
   * "All Over The World" (Dans Le Monde Entier) - reached #16 in UK charts (1965)
   * "L'amitié" (1965)
   * "La maison où j'ai grandi" (1966)
   * "Voilà" (1967)
   * "Comment te dire adieu?" (1968, lyrics by Serge Gainsbourg)
   * "Message personnel" (1973, lyrics by Michel Berger)
   * "J'écoute de la musique saoûle" (1978)

Selected discography:

   * Tous les garçons et les filles (1962); re-released as The Yeh-Yeh Girl from Paris! (1965)
   * Le premier bonheur du jour (1963)
   * Françoise Hardy canta per voi in italiano (1963)
   * Mon amie la rose (1964)
   * L’Amitié (1965)
   * Françoise in Germany (1965)
   * Françoise Hardy in English (1966)
   * La maison où j'ai grandi (1966)
   * Ma jeunesse fout le camp… (1967)
   * Comment te dire adieu? (1968)
   * Françoise Hardy en Anglais (1969)
   * Françoise (1970)
   * Soleil (1970)
   * One-Nine-Seven-Zero (1970)
   * Träume (1970)
   * La Question (1971)
   * Et si je m'en vais avant toi (1972)
   * If You Listen (1972)
   * Message Personnel (1973)
   * Entr'acte (1974)
   * Star (1977)
   * J'écoute de la musique saoûle (1978)
   * Gin Tonic (1980)
   * À Suivre (1981)
   * Quelqu'un qui s'en va (1982)
   * Décalages (1988)
   * Le Danger (1996)
   * Clair Obscur (2000)
   * Tant de belles choses (2004)
   * (Parenthèses...) (2006)
   * La Pluie sans parapluie (paru 26/03/10) (2010)


   * "L'Amitié", in The Barbarian Invasions, Denys Arcand (2003)
   * "Des ronds dans l'eau", in Remember Me, My Love, Gabriele Muccino (2003)
   * "Tous les garçons et les filles", in The Dreamers, Bernardo Bertolucci (2003)
   * "Tous les garçons et les filles", "Le Premier Bonheur du jour", in The Statement, Norman Jewison (2003)

Selected filmography:

   * Château en Suède (1963)
   * What's New Pussycat? (1965, uncredited appearance in final scene)
   * Une Balle au Cœur (1965)
   * Grand Prix (1966)


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Françoise Madeleine Hardy's Timeline

January 17, 1944
Paris, Ile-de-France, France