|Françoise Hardy Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 10½ in|
|Date of Birth||January 17, 1944|
Françoise Hardy is a French singer, songwriter, actress, writer, and vocalist who became one of the prominent figures of the yé-yé movement and “found herself at the very forefront of the French music scene” and became “France’s most exportable female singing star”. Considered an icon of French pop and of the 1960s, she has released albums like Françoise Hardy canta per voi in italiano, Tous les garçons et les filles, Le premier bonheur du jour, Ma jeunesse fout le camp…, La maison où j’ai grandi, En anglais, Comment te dire adieu, Mon amie la rose, Träume, and L’Amitié.
Françoise Madeleine Hardy
The Yeh-Yeh Girl
16th arrondissement of Paris, France
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Writer, Vocalist
- Father – Pierre Dillard
- Mother – Madeleine Hardy
- Sibling – Michèle Hardy (Younger Sister)
Hardy has been signed with Voyez Mon Agent, Talent Agency, Paris, France.
French Pop, Chanson, Yé-yé, Baroque Pop
Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards, Piano
Disques Vogue, Sonopresse, Warner Bros., EMI, Virgin
According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, her net worth had been $25 Million.
5 ft 10½ in or 179 cm
58 kg or 128 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Françoise Hardy has dated –
- Nick Drake
- Christian Barnard
- Jean-Marie Périer (1962-1967)
- Bob Dylan (1965) – She had a fling with American singer-songwriter, author, and visual artist Bob Dylan in the year 1965. She is also mentioned in his poem “Some other kinds of songs” which appears on the back cover of his album Another Side of Bob Dylan, released in 1964.
- Jacques Dutronc – In the year 1967, she started going out with singer, songwriter, guitarist, composer, and actor Jacques Dutronc and their son Thomas Dutronc was born on June 16, 1973, in Paris. In 1981, Jacques Dutronc and Françoise got married “for tax reasons” according to Françoise. Their son has established himself as a singer and jazz manouche guitarist. Dutronc and Hardy have been separated and have lived separately. However, they remain married and see each other regularly. Also, along with Jacques Dutronc, she sang the 2000 duet Puisque vous partez en voyage while their son played the guitar.
Race / Ethnicity
- Used to frequently wear denim with a leather jacket in the 1960s
- Slender frame
She has done print adverts for perfumes like Eau de Fraîcheur and Mouchi.
Françoise Hardy Facts
- Alongside her younger sister, she was raised in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. The sisters were raised by their mother and their father wasn’t involved much with the family, contributing little financially.
- Françoise’s mother somehow persuaded her father to buy Françoise a guitar for her birthday as a reward for passing her baccalauréat.
- In November 1961, she signed her first contract with the record label Vogue.
- Some of her influences include French chanson stars Charles Trenet and Cora Vaucaire as well as Paul Anka, the Everly Brothers, Cliff Richard, Connie Francis, Elvis Presley, and Marty Wilde.
- Françoise Hardy’s autobiography The Despair of Monkeys and Other Trifles: A Memoir by Françoise Hardy was published in France (under the title: Le Désespoir des singes… et autres bagatelles) in 2008.
- She popularized white jeans as a fashion statement.
- Hardy has been an inspiration of several fashion figures like André Courrèges, Paco Rabanne, Alexa Chung, and Nicolas Ghesquière, former head of Balenciaga who later served as the creative director of Louis Vuitton.
- In March 2015, Françoise Hardy stated that she had no desire at all to write songs following a serious illness.
- She has sung in languages like French, English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and German.
- It was revealed in 2021 that she was suffering from pharyngeal cancer and would never be able to sing again. Hardy described that she was “in a really nightmarish state of suffering most of the time” and wanted the practice of euthanasia to be legalized so she could “shorten the suffering”.
Featured Image by Joost Evers / Anefo / Dutch National Archives / Public Domain