Born in Saint-Maur-des-Fosses, Vanessa Paradis starts from a young age to cultivate a passion for singing and made her debut at age 13 with the single La magie des surprises parties. In 1987 came the success with Joe le taxi, which becomes a true international hit. In August 1988 she released her first album M & J, where collaborate Étienne Roda-Gil (texts) and Franck Langolff (music).
In 1989 she debuted as an actress in the film Noce blanche with Jean-Claude Brisseau. Although at the time she was a minor, she appears in some nudity. In the film the Paradis plays the role of a student in love with her philosophy professor (Bruno Cremer). Gets the César Award for Best Female Newcomer and also the Romy Schneider Prize. In the following period, however, she decided to dedicate her singing career and in 1990 she released her second album Variations sur le même t’aime, written by Serge Gainsbourg.
In 1991 she became the Chanel testimonial and becomes famous throughout the world as the face-symbol of Coco perfume. In 1992 she collaborated with Lenny Kravitz (then also her boyfriend) and sings for the first time an album entirely in English released in September ’92 and recorded in New Jersey. From this period follows in parallel manner on a singing career and that of actress. Internationally, however, get more success in the field of cinema.
In 1994 interprets Elisa in homonymous film directed by Jean Becker, in which she stars opposite Gerard Depardieu. She released her first live album in February 1994.
In 1999 she gets to critical and commercial success thanks to the film The Girl on the Bridge, directed by Patrice Leconte. She gets another nomination for César Awards and she reads in the 90s alongside other big names of French cinema such as Jean-Paul Belmondo, Alain Delon and Jean Reno.
In October 2000 she released a new CD album, Bliss, for the first time as songwriter. Bliss is followed by the second live album, entitled Au Zenith (November 2001). At this live album participates Steve Nieve, who has worked with Elvis Costello.
In August 2007 she published Divinidylle. This album, which sees her collaborate with Franck Monnet, Alain Chamfort and Matthieu Chedid, allows her to win a Victoires de la musique in the “Alternative Music Album of the Year” and “Female Artist of the Year”.
Also in 2007 she was named a knight of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In 2010 advertises lipstick Rouge Coco Chanel, in whose spot sings and whistles What a Day for a Daydream. In 2011 she realizes, along with -M-, the soundtrack of the animated film A Monster in Paris. She gets a Genie Award in 2012 for “Best Actress” for her performance in the film Café de Flore by Jean-Marc Vallée. In May 2013 she published the double album Love Songs, produced by Benjamin Biolay.
In 2016, Paradis starred in Yoga Hosers with her daughter Lily Rose, as a history teacher. That same year, she was a member of the main competition jury of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. She is one of the star of the Festival among Blake Lively, Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst and Valeria Golino.
In 1998 she began a relationship with American actor Johnny Depp, with whom she has two children, Lily Rose Melody, born May 27, 1999, and John “Jack” Jake Christopher Depp III was born April 9, 2002. In June 2012, after 14 years, the couple officially separated.