Amanda Lear

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Amanda Lear (née Tapp; born 18 June or 18 November in 1939, 1942, 1946 or 1950) is a French singer, lyricist, painter, television presenter, actress and former model.

Lear grew up in the South of France and in Switzerland, and studied art in Paris and at Saint Martin's School of Art in London. She began her professional career as a fashion model in the mid-1960s and went on to model for Paco Rabanne and Ossie Clark among others. Around that time she met the Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dalí and would remain his closest friend and muse for the next 15 years. Lear first came into the public eye as the cover model for Roxy Music's album For Your Pleasure in 1973. From the mid-1970s to the early 1980s, she was a million-album-selling disco queen, mainly in Continental Europe and Scandinavia, signed to Ariola Records. Lear's first four albums earned her mainstream popularity, charting in the Top 10 on European charts, including the best-selling Sweet Revenge (1978). Her biggest hits included "Blood and Honey", "Tomorrow", "Queen of Chinatown", "Follow Me", "Enigma (Give a Bit of Mmh to Me)" and "Fashion Pack".

In the mid-1980s Lear positioned herself as one of the leading media personalities in mainland Europe, especially in Italy and in France where she hosted many popular TV shows. She had also developed a successful painting career, regularly exhibiting her works in galleries across Europe for the next three decades, and continued to make music, earning minor hits such as "Incredibilmente donna" and "Love Your Body". Amanda's 1980s musical output saw her experimenting with different genres and trying to revive her career by re-recording earlier hits to various levels of success. 1980s also saw her release two books: an autobiography My Life with Dalí and a novel L'Immortelle.

Since the 1990s her time has been divided between music, television, movies and painting. Despite frequent album releases, she failed to achieve success on charts with her music. However, her television career remained successful, with Lear hosting numerous prime time TV shows, occasionally making guest appearances in French and Italian TV series. She has also performed acting and dubbing roles in independent as well as major film productions. In the late 2000s Lear would reinvent herself as a theatrical actress, performing in long-running stage plays in France. To date, she has sold over 25 million singles and 15 million albums worldwide. Lear is also a widely recognized gay icon.

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Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1977 I Am a Photograph 5 4
1978 Sweet Revenge 5 2
1979 Never Trust a Pretty Face 5 2
1980 Diamonds for Breakfast 4 2
1981 Incognito 4 1
1983 Tam - Tam 5 2
1987 Secret Passion 4 1
1989 Tant qu'il y aura des hommes 4 1
1990 Uomini più uomini 4 1
1993 Cadavrexquis 5 3
1995 Alter Ego 4 1
2001 Heart 4 2
2001 Tendance 4 1
2002 Love Boat 4 1
2006 With Love 5 2
2008 Amour Toujours 5 1
2009 Brand New Love Affair 5 1
2009 Brief Encounters 5 1
2009 Brief Encounters Acoustique 5 2
2010 Brief Encounters Reloaded 5 1
2012 I Don't Like Disco 5 3
2014 My Happiness 5 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1982 Ieri, Oggi 4 1
1989 Super 20 5 1
1990 Follow Me 3 1
1991 The Collection 3 1
1993 Golden Stars 3 1
1994 Indovina chi sono 3 1
1995 Hits and More 3 1
1997 Amanda Lear 3 1
1998 Amanda '98 - Follow Me Back In My Arms 4 1
1998 Queen of Chinatown 3 1
1999 Follow Me 3 1
2000 Follow Me 3 1
2000 Made of Blood & Honey 3 1
2001 28 Golden Hits 4 1
2001 Essential 3 1
2001 I'm a Mistery: The Whole Story 4 1
2002 Divin Amanda 3 1
2002 Follow Me 3 1
2002 Follow Me: The Greatest Hits 3 1
2002 Je t'aime 4 1
2003 Living Legend 4 1
2003 The Lady in Black 3 1
2004 The Queen Is... Amanda 4 1
2005 Paris by Night: Greatest Hits 1
2005 Sings Evergreens 3 1
2006 The Sphinx 5 1
2006 Amanda Lear 3 1
2006 Forever Glam ! 4 1

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