Amanda Lear

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Amanda Lear (1978)

Amanda Lear (born 18 June 1939[1] or 18 November 1950[2]) is a French singer, lyricist, painter, television presenter, actress and former model.


  • I don't care when I was born, if I'm 50, 60 or 70. It's important that I am alive.
Amanda Lear/ L'ospite di Maurizio Costanzo: "Uomini e donne non fatti per stare insieme" (L'Intervista) (in Italian). (22 May 2018). Retrieved on 15 July 2018.
  • I hate to spread rumours: but what else can one do with them?
Guilbert, Georges-Claude (2018). Gay Icons: The (Mostly) Female Entertainers Gay Men Love. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. p. 101. ISBN 978-1-4766-3301-5. Retrieved on 15 July 2018. 
  • I'd grown up thinking I was ugly, ugly, ugly. I was much too tall, I was much too skinny, I was flat-chested, I had my mother's Asian eyes and cheekbones so I looked foreign compared to all my girlfriends, my mouth was too big and my teeth were too big so I never smiled. And then Françoise Hardy had her breakthrough in France and everything suddenly changed. Before her you were supposed to look like Brigitte Bardot, blonde, curvy and busty. But I was about twenty when people started telling me "You know what, you look a little like Françoise Hardy, you could be a model" and then out of the blue this famous woman, the great Catherine Harlé turns up. By sheer accident she happened to see me in the street in Paris and asked me if I wanted to be a fashion model and I thought she was joking! And she said "No, no, no, you're exactly the type of girl we're looking for" and all of a sudden all of these flaws, all the things I'd been so ashamed of, became my greatest assets. By sheer accident, as most things in my career.
Confessions Orbitales (Radio broadcast). Europe 1. 8 March 2003.
  • I knew nothing when I first met him. He taught me to see things through his eyes. Dalí was my teacher. He let me use his brushes, his paint and his canvas, so that I could play around while he was painting for hours and hours in the same studio. Surrealism was a good school for me. Listening to Dalí talk was better than going to any art school.
Salvador Dali Centennial Magazine – Amanda Lear. (15 June 2004). Retrieved on 15 July 2018.
  • In Italy I'm big because they're all so sex-obsessed. In Germany I succeeded because they've been waiting for someone like Marlene Dietrich to come along ever since the war. I played on their need for a drunken, nightclubbing vamp. And I've won the gays, who are crucial because they have all the best discos, entirely because of the extraordinary legends about me.
Andrew Anthony (24 December 2000). The bizarre career of Amanda Lear (At the court of Queen Lear). The Observer. Retrieved on 6 June 2010.
  • The Germans told me "We're going to conquer the world!" and I don't regret working with a German record company at all, because for my career it was great, but they wanted to control me, direct me and restrict me. They wanted absolute discipline and that's not the life for me, so after a few years of that I wanted out.
Confessions Orbitales (Radio broadcast). Europe 1. 8 March 2003.
  • People only know me as a celebrity and don't realize how much more important art is to me than makeup and set costumes. Show business pays the rent, but painting is my only true passion, so I define myself as a painter who works in show business. Art is a kind of therapy to me, thanks to which I can interpret my feelings. An empty canvas before my eyes is synonymous with the absolute freedom of expression.
Eventi Mostre. Sogni Miti Colori 07/06/2008-30/06/2008 Pietrasanta (LU), Toscana (in Italian). Retrieved on 28 February 2013.
  • Compilations, to me, are embarrassing. To bring out a compilation, to me, is to say, "Look. I've got no new material so please buy this. I need money to pay the rent." I think it's very embarrassing. And that is very annoying because the record company owns all those titles and they don't ask me for my advice. They just decide to release "the best of" compilations and they put out a lot of very bad quality music. There are a couple of good titles but the rest are just tracks to fill out the album. And they know very well that they can't rely on me promoting them because I won't promote such records.
Robert Henry Rubin (2002). NIGHT interview. NIGHT. Retrieved on 1 June 2007.


  1. Diane et le sexe des anges Peki d' Oslo (in French). Retrieved on 16 March 2013.
  2. Eric Dahan (16 August 2010). Drôle de dame (in French). Libération. Retrieved on 19 December 2011.
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