French singer and actress Françoise Hardy became famous in the 1960s as the leading girl of the yé-yé music scene. Besides her lovely voice, her good looks and fashion style made her famous all over the world. She was pursued by the likes of Bob Dylan and Mick Jagger. At the time, she was in a relationship with photographer Jean-Marie Périer. In 1967, she started dating fellow French singer Jacques Dutronc. They had a son, Thomas Dutronc (born 1973), before getting married in 1981. Although the couple is still legally married, they live in separated houses. They have worked together, and Dutronc sang a duet with her, Puisque vous partez en voyage, for her album Clair-obscur (2000). Hardy is mentioned in a poem by Bob Dylan, Some other kinds of songs, which he wrote on the cover of his album Another Side of Bob Dylan (1964).
Her regular visits to London came at the height of the swinging 60s and she rubbed shoulders with some of its biggest stars, including the Beatles, the Animals and the Rolling Stones. “From the moment I went to England, I had more confidence. In France, the image I had was of a shy girl – a poor lonely girl and not too good-looking. When I went to England I had another image. I felt the journalists were much more interested in my looks than in my songs.” [x]
“I was like a shy fan, you know. I met him on the street and he smiled at me and I thought I would never recover. He was like an angel – a dark angel. He doesn’t know this, but he was the first one who gave me a little more confidence in myself because in an interview for a French magazine for young girls he said that I was his ideal woman.” -about meeting Jagger
“Then suddenly, someone came to me and said that Dylan would not return to the stage unless I went to his dressing room to say hello. So I did. It was awkward. I didn’t speak English very well and he couldn’t speak much French. I was shocked by how he looked. He looked very sick. I have a tendency to see things in black, so I said to myself, ‘He’s not going to live very long!’” -about meeting Dylan
“She was the ultimate pin-up of most hip, Chelsea, beat bedroom walls, and I know for a fact, many of the groups who were notorious and slowly becoming successful, such as the Rolling Stones, Brian Jones and Mick Jagger, the Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and many other groups all were desperately interested in having Françoise Hardy become their girlfriend in some way.” -Malcolm McLaren
“I was for a very long time passionately in love with her, as I’m sure she’s guessed. Every male in the world, and a number of females also were, and we all still are.” -David Bowie