Françoise Hardy is a French singer-songwriter. She made her musical debut in the early 1960s on Disques Vogue and found immediate success with her song “Tous les garçons et les filles”. As a leading figure of the yé-yé movement, Hardy “found herself at the very forefront of the French music scene”, and became “France’s most exportable female singing star”, recording in various languages, appearing in movies, touring throughout Europe, and gaining plaudits from musicians such as Bob Dylan, Miles Davis and Mick Jagger. With the aid of photographer Jean-Marie Périer, Hardy also began modeling, and soon became a popular fashion icon as well.
Hardy remains a popular figure in music and fashion, and is considered an icon of French pop and of the 1960s. The singer is also considered a gay icon and has “repeatedly declared that her most devoted friends and fans are gay.” Several of her songs and albums have appeared in critics’ lists.
Hardy was born and grew up in the 9th arrondissement of Paris with her younger sister Michèle. Her parents lived apart when she was young; 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.
Her early musical influences were the French chanson stars Charles Trenet and Cora Vaucaire [fr] as well as Anglophone singers Paul Anka, the Everly Brothers, Cliff Richard, Connie Francis, Elvis Presley, and Marty Wilde, whom she heard on the English-language radio station Radio Luxembourg.
Since 1981, she married her long-time partner Jacques Dutronc, who is the father of her son, Thomas Dutronc, born in 1973. Hardy lives in the 16th arrondissement of Paris and Dutronc in Monticello, Corsica, although they reportedly remain legally married.
- Full Name: Françoise Madeleine Hardy
- Date of Birth: 17 January 1944
- Age: 75
- Date of: Birth: Paris, France
- Residence: 16th arrondissement, Paris
- Occupation: Singer-songwriter, writer, vocalist
- Spouse(s): Jacques Dutronc (since m 1981)
- Partner(s): Jean-Marie Périer (since 1962–1967)
- Children: 1
- Genres: French pop, chanson, yé-yé, baroque pop
- Instruments: Vocals, guitar
- Years active: 1962–present
- Labels: Disques Vogue, Sonopresse, Warner Bros., EMI, Virgin
- Associated acts: Michel Berger, Serge Gainsbourg, Jean-Claude Vannier, Tuca
- Height: 1.72 m
- Albums: Françoise Hardy, La Question, Message personnel, etc.
- Net Worth: $25 million
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