Iskretz, Sofia Province, Bulgaria
French Pop, Contemporary Pop/Rock, International, Western European Traditions, French
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Sylvie Vartan (born Sylvie Georges Vartanian; 15 August 1944) is a Bulgarian-French singer and actress. She is known as one of the most productive and tough-sounding yé-yé artists. Her performances often featured elaborate show-dance choreography, and she made many appearances on French and Italian TV. Yearly shows with then-husband Johnny Hallyday attracted full houses at the Olympia and the Palais des congrès de Paris throughout the 1960s and mid-1970s. In 2004, after a break in performances, she began recording and giving concerts of jazz ballads in francophone countries.
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Sylvie Georges Vartan
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Agence Artistique Internationale Charley Marouani
Print ad for "Trevira" clothes (1966), Print ad for "Velcorex" clothes (1963)
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==Sylvie Vartan== Singer - ===Date of Birth=== 15 August 1944, Iskretz, Sofia Province, Bulgaria
===Mini Bio (1)=== Sylvie Vartan was born on August 15, 1944 in Iskretz, Bulgaria. She has been married to Tony Scotti since June 2, 1984. She was previously married to Johnny Hallyday.
[[Tony Scotti]] (2 June 1984 - present)
[[Johnny Hallyday]] (12 April 1965 - 5 November 1980) (divorced) (1 child) David Hallyday
===Trivia (8)=== 1. Mother of [[David Hallyday]]. 2. Aunt of [[Michael Vartan]] and [[Nicolas Vartan]] 3. Younger sister of [[Eddie Vartan]]. 4. Her father, [[Georges Vartan]], was of half Armenian and half Bulgarian descent; the original family surname was "Vartanian". Her mother, [[Ilona (Mayer)]], was of Hungarian Jewish background; she was the daughter of [[Rudolf Mayer]], a prominent architect, and [[Roza Passlouchny]]. 5. Appeared at the Paris Olympia in early 1964, on the same bill as [[The Beatles]] - actually proving a bigger hit with the French audience, to the Beatles' surprise and upset. (The news that their new single "[[I Want To Hold Your Hand]]" had reached #1 in America boosted their spirits.) 6. WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal and Child Health in the European Region. [2005-] 7. Carlos was her private secretary. 8. Ex-mother-in-law of [[Estelle Lefébure]].
==Sylvie Vartan== (Bulgarian:Armenian: born 15 August 1944) is a French singer. She was one of the first rock girls in France. Vartan was the most productive and active of the yé-yé style artists, considered as the toughest-sounding of those.Her performance often featured elaborate show-dance choreography. She made appearances on French and Italian TV. Yearly shows with her husband Johnny Hallyday attracted full houses at the Olympia and the Palais des congrès de Paris throughout the 1960s and Mid-1970s. After a break in performances, she began recording and giving concerts of jazz ballads in the French speaking countries again in late 2004.
==Vartan== was born in Iskretz, Sofia Province, Bulgaria. Her father Georges was a Bulgarian of Armenian descent. He worked as an attaché at the French embassy in Sofia. Her mother Illona was Hungarian. The original family name was Vartanian (Armenian, but her parents shortened it to "Vartan" after they fled to France. In September 1944, when the Soviet Army occupied Bulgaria, the Vartanian family house was nationalised and they moved to Sofia. In 1952, Dako Dakovski, a film director and her fathers` friend offered Sylvie a role of a schoolgirl in the movie Pod igoto. The film was about Bulgarian rebels against the Turkish occupation. Being a part of the film had a lasting impression on her and made her dream of becoming an entertainer.
===The privations=== of the postwar Bulgaria made the family emigrate to Paris in December 1952. At first they stayed in the Lion d`Argent Hotel near Les Halles, where Georges found a job. The family stayed in a single room at the Angleterre Hotel for the following four years. Young Sylvie had to work hard to keep up at school and to assimilate with her schoolmates. She learned French in two years. In 1960 her family moved to an apartment in Michel Bizot Avenue. Thanks to the example of her music producer brother Eddie, teenage Sylvie`s main interest became music. The most influential genres were jazz and, out of her strict high school`s spite, rock`n`roll. Her favourites included Brenda Lee, Bill Haley and Elvis Presley. In 1961 Eddie offered Sylvie to record the song "Panne d`essence" with the French rocker Frankie Jordan. The EP by Decca Records was a surprise hit.Although she was not credited on the sleeve, "Panne d`essence" provided Vartan her first appearance on the French Broadcasting Television. The journalists gave her a nickname la collégienne du twist. After the twisting schoolgirl had finished the Victor Hugo High School, she was free to sign a contract with Decca Records to start recording her own EP. By the beginning of December, 1961 the EP with the title song "Quand le film est triste", covering Sue Thompson`s "Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)" was on sale. This was yet another hit, that served her first concert in Paris Olympia hall on 12 December 1961. Quickly "Est-ce que tu le sais?", her version of the Ray Charles song "What’d I Say", was released. She opened for Vince Taylor at Paris Olympia for her second concert. In July she toured France with Gilbert Bécaud. In Fall, 1962 she released her version of "The Loco-Motion" on EP and her first LP “Sylvie”. Her next hit was "Tous mes copains", issued on EP in 1962. A small part of a singer in the film Un clair de lune à Maubeuge was her first adult appearance in a movie.
===In 1963===, Paul Anka offered her I`m watching you, her 1st international hit (Japan, Korea). In the same year she did four TV specials and became the darling of the teen magazine Salut les Copains. Six of her thirty-one songs released in 1962/1963 became top 20 European hits. In late Winter 1963, Vartan toured France with Johnny Hallyday and starred with him in the movie D`où viens-tu, Johnny?. Later in 1963, after announcing their engagement over the radio, the young couple performed to a noisy audience of 200,000 at the La Nation Square of Paris. At the end of the year, they travelled to Nashville, Tennessee to record an album with the Jordanaires. With the special treatment of vocalists, strings and brass sections in the true Nashville style, these recordings were a great commercial success in France. The "Sylvie à Nashville" album included the hits "La plus belle pour aller danser" and "Si je chante" and three news songs in English (featuring Paul Anka again for one of them). Cover of "Sylvie a Nashville" album, a huge commercial success for Decca Records 1964Being accompanied by the movie “Cherchez l’idole”, the EP with "La plus belle pour aller danser"
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