The incredible new Givenchy collection was inspired by the photo of Amanda Lear on the cover of Roxy Music's For Your Pleasure. And now, some facts about Amanda Lear... (via Jive Times)
Amanda Lear (allegedly born Amanda Tapp or Alain Tapp on November 18, 1939) is a French singer-songwriter, actress, painter, TV presenter and novelist.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Amanda Lear’s MySpace page says her current record label is called Edina, the name of the other main Ab Fab character.
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.
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.
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.
Amanda Lear has exhibited her art in major galleries all over Europe and also in the United States.
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.
Lear is renowned as much for her scathing wit as her reputation as a man magnet.
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 bookMy 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.”