Saturday, October 17, 2009

Studio Profile | Amanda Lear

  • FACT: Amanda Lear (allegedly born Amanda Tapp or Alain Tapp on November 18, 1939) is a French singer-songwriter, actress, painter, TV presenter and novelist.
  • FACT: Amanda Lear has deliberately made a point of providing the media with different, contradictory accounts of her early life; her mother’s origin has previously been English, French, Vietnamese, Mongolian, Russian and/or Chinese. Her father has been at times English, Russian, French and Indonesian, sometimes serving in the Royal Navy, other times the French Foreign Legion. Her place of birth has been reported as Switzerland, Hanoi, Saigon as well as Hong Kong and her date of birth from 1939 to 1946.
  • FACT: Amanda Lear was spotted by legendary French modelling agent Cathérine Harlé and, eager to find a way to finance her studies, she began to catwalk for rising star Paco Rabanne in 1965.
  • FACT: Amanda Lear was the fetish clad model on the cover of Roxy Music’s album For Your Pleasure in 1973.
  • FACT: Amanda Lear was once engaged to Bryan Ferry of Roxy Music in 1973.
  • FACT: Amanda Lear has been photographed by Helmut Newton, Charles Paul Wilp and Antoine Giacomoni for magazines like Elle, Marie France, and Vogue and modelled for fashion designers like Mary Quant, Ossie Clark, Antony Price, Yves Saint Laurent and Coco Chanel.
  • Amanda Lear dropped out of art school, began modelling full-time and went on to lead a bohemian and flamboyant life in the Swinging London of the Sixties, hobnobbing with the rich and famous like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Marianne Faithfull, Anita Pallenberg, Pattie Boyd, Jean Shrimpton, Brian Eno, Twiggy, Sacha Distel, David Bailey, Germaine Greer, Jimi Hendrix, David Hockney and Keith Moon.
  • FACT: Amanda Lear was the confidante, protegée and mistress and muse and of Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dalí, whom she was introduced to by Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones and her then boyfriend, Tara Browne.
  • FACT: Amanda Lear was the greatest artistic creation of Dalí’s whole surrealist career, and Lear has consequently occasionally, somewhat unflatteringly, been referred to as Dalí’s “Frankenstein”.
  • Amanda Lear was told by Salvador Dali that she was a lousy singer and if she wanted to sell records, she’d have to find something other than the music to attract people to buy them. “So we built the Amanda Lear persona into something very intriguing and very ambiguous and it worked.”
  • FACT: Amanda Lear posed nude for Playboy in 1977.
  • FACT: Amanda Lear voiced Edna Mode in the French and Italian versions of The Incredibles
  • FACT: British actress and comedienne Joanna Lumley, who not only bears a striking physical resemblance to Lear but who also was a fashion model in London in the mid-Sixties herself, has in several interviews confirmed that her glamourous but notoriously foul-mouthed Absolutely Fabulous character Patsy Stone was loosely based on the mysterious life story of a certain A. Lear.
  • FACT: Amanda Lear’s MySpace page says her current record label is called Edina, the name of the other main Ab Fab character.
  • FACT: Amanda Lear currently resides in Saint-Étienne-du-Grès near Avignon in the south of France.
  • FACT: Lear has recorded 16 studio albums and has released some 60 singles to date and has so far sold approximately 15 million albums and 25-30 million singles worldwide.
  • FACT: Amanda Lear’s one-time boyfriend, David Bowie, paid for her singing and dancing lessons so that Lear would be able to launch a career in music.
  • FACT: Amanda Lear was the host of an Italian talk show called Ars Amanda (Latin, translated: The Art of Loving) which she conducted in bed, interviewing both Italian and international celebrities.
  • FACT: Amanda Lear has exhibited her art in major galleries all over Europe and also in the United States.
  • FACT: Amanda Lear has status as one of Europe’s leading gay icons. She has regularly performed at Gay Pride festivals held in France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, The Netherlands and Greece and she has taken part in several charity projects to raise funds for AIDS research, such as the annual Life Ball fashion gala in Vienna, where she in the 90’s made a temporary comeback on the catwalk to model for her longtime friend Paco Rabanne, some thirty years after their very first collaboration.
  • FACT: Lear is renowned as much for her scathing wit as her reputation as a man magnet.
  • FACT: Amanda Lear told New York’s Paper Magazine about a run-in she had with German supermodel Claudia Schiffer a few years before. A Hollywood movie producer had optioned Lear’s book My Life With Dali and wanted Schiffer to play Lear. ” - I ran into Claudia at a restaurant,” Lear recalls. ” - She said, ‘I love your book! Who wrote it for you?’ I said, ‘I did, darling. Who read it to you?’ So that was the end of that. They never made the movie.
  • FACT: Amanda Lear received the prestigious award Chevalier dans l’Ordre National des Arts et des Lettres in 2006 by the French Ministre Of Culture Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres in recognition of her contributions to French arts and sciences.
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she was the inspiration for Joanna Lumley's character in Absolutely Fabulous

Modeling in the sixties

with Keith Moon

with Dali

1965 It’s the beginning of her modelling carrer. Amanda as 19 year old girl is posing as a model for a French magazine “Marie-France”. This was her first photo sessions and she appeared wearing Yves St. Laurent outfit.

1966 Amanda as “cover girl”. In this picture she poses in a pretty bathing suit made of perfect silhouette, that is still fashionable nowadays. From 1965 to 1975 Amanda will be a famous and heavily sought cover girl by many European agencies. In that period of time she was featured in covers of numerous fashion magazines and did several presentations (catwalkings) for such designers as Paco Rabanne, Yves St. Laurent, Mary Quant, Ossie Clark and many others. A perfect body she still retains these days.

1967 One of the first covers of magazines she was featured on. This picture appeared on “Ciné Monde” (engl. Fashion World) back in 1967 when she was 20 years old and already knew what she wanted. Picture originates from her first movie directed by Henri Lanoë. You guessed it right (by her attire). She played a … Martian!

1968 London. Famous “The Summer of Love”. This photo caused a quite stir as it was portrayed on the front page of British “DAILY TELEGRAPH”. Here Amanda is in good company wearing her mini dress in purple (the color of the church, as Salvadore Dali told her). This article had a comment from a famous journalist at that time: Mr. Muggleridge. He wrote: “The young people of today no longer know what they want. They are completely lost in our society. They do not value the Church moral anymore, instead smoke and of make love. Orgasm replaced the cross “. Was Amanda, a victim of that hippy movement too?

1974 Amanda is featured in New York based “INTERVIEW MAGAZINE”. Amanda was a good friend of late Andy Warhol who asked her to pose for “INTERVIEW”

1975 A photo taken from the set of pictures used to promote Amanda’s single “La Bagarre”. The set was originally made for British Magazine “VOGUE”.

1983 A photo “painted” by Amanda picturing herself. This one was used as a cover for her 1983 single “Love Your Body”.

1988 Red hair Amanda with a cat for an Italian Magazine “OGGI”. Amanda is well knows for her love for animals. Among her pets are dogs and even a goat called “Fergie”

1986 The TV Years! In 1996 she hosted her family TV show in Italy called “Long Live Women”. On the photo she presents a VIVA award along with co-presenter , Andrea Giordana. Even in such circumstances, Amanda does not forget to give us a lesson of great style and elegance. Royal Amanda!

1995 What style is it? Arlésienne or Muglérienne? A little both at the same time. Amanda did not hesitate to go to Berlin when she received an invitation from Thierry Muglér who insisted that she will be one of his models in this show.

1996 This picture was taken for “ANGELINES” magazine. She “potraited” various famous men like Jean Cocteau, Oscar Wilde and of course … her beloved late friend Salvador Dali. She wears jacket from Llinnarès collection.



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