Vanessa Paradis

BATD ON Jul 06, 2010 AT 9:30 am

Vanessa Paradis

From being known as the partner of Johnny Depp and face of Coco Chanel, to the iconic French singer and actress, Vanessa Paradis has a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’. After a reported six-year hiatus from the film industry, the beautiful French actress is now starring as Juliette Van Der Becq in Heartbreaker, which is in cinemas now.

Vanessa Paradis, 37, is often referred to as Johnny Depp’s girlfriend more than anything else after being with him for 12 years, but with a name like hers, it’s no wonder why she doesn’t want to tie the knot and take on the Hollywood heartthrob’s last name (Vanessa Depp – I don’t think so!). But that doesn’t stop rumours from flying.

Every so often reports will go up that wedding bells are distantly ringing, but each time they’re silenced. Still, the de facto marriage between Depp and Paradis has resulted in them bringing up two children together, 11-year-old Lily Rose and eight-year-old Jack. However marriage or no marriage, we’re glad she settled with Depp rather than her previous beaus; Florent Pagny and Lenny Kravitz.

Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis

Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis

Personal life aside, Paradis has experienced a series of sporadic successes in her professional life. Her early success has been accredited, in part, to her record-producing uncle, Didier Pain, who used his connections to get the eight-year-old songstress on a French TV talent show. By age 13, Vanessa recorded her first single, and she had a hit single, Joe le Taxi, when she was 14 years old. Her acting career was then launched in 1989 with a lead role in Noce Blanche, and ever since, she has bounced back and forth between actress and songstress. Then, as if that wasn’t enough, five years after breaking into her acting career, Vanessa moved into the fashion world, becoming the face of Chanel’s Coco fragrance and Rouge Coco Lipsticks.

As of late, Vanessa is nearing the end of her fourth concert tour, which was a promotion for her greatest hits album. But that’s not all she’s promoting. Look for Vanessa Paradis in ads as she is the new face of Chanel’s Coco Cocoon collection of handbags for autumn/winter 2010, marking her fifth starring role for the famed French brand.

A further look into the future promises an onscreen love affair between French feminist Simone de Beauvoir (Vanessa Paradis) and American novelist Nelson Algren (Johnny Depp) in My American Lover. The film isn’t due to be out until 2012, so if you want to see the power couple on the big screen, you’ll just have to wait.

If you want to see Vanessa Paradis on screen now, head to the cinemas now to catch Heartbreaker.

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