Françoise Madeleine Hardy pronounced (born January 17, 1944 in Paris) is a French singer, actress and astrologer. Hardy is an iconic figure in fashion, music style and personality in the Francophile world.
Françoise Hardy signed her first contract with the record label Vogue in November 1961. In April 1962, shortly after finishing school, her first album Oh Oh Chéri appeared, the title song 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, with two million sales.
Hardy sang 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 1968, 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. 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. Hardy lives near Paris and Dutronc lives in Monticello, Corsica, although they remain a couple.
Influence in pop culture
Hardy is mentioned in a poem by Bob Dylan "Some other kinds of songs" on the cover of his LP "Another Side of Bob Dylan", released in 1964.
Hardy's style also influences Nicolas Ghesquière, head of the couture house, Balenciaga.
Her song "L'Amitié" plays 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.
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.
"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)
"La maison où j'ai grandi" (1967)
"Comment te dire adieu" (1968, lyrics by Serge Gainsbourg)
"Message personnel" (1973, lyrics by Michel Berger)
"J'écoute de la musique saoûle" (1978)
Tous les garçons et les filles (1962)
Le premier bonheur du jour (1963)
Mon amie la rose (1964)
Françoise Hardy in Deutschland (1965)
La maison où j'ai grandi (1966)
Françoise Hardy in English (1966)
Ma jeunesse fout le camp (1967)
Comment te dire adieu (1968)
Françoise Hardy en Anglais (1969)
La Question (1971)
Et si je m'en vais avant toi (1972)
If You Listen (1972)
Message Personnel (1973)
J'écoute de la musique saoûle (1978)
Gin Tonic (1980)
À Suivre (1981)
Quelqu'un qui s'en va (1982)
Le Danger (1996)
Clair Obscur (2000)
Ricordati di me- Des ronds dans l'eau(Soundtrack) (2003)
Tant de belles choses (2004)
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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