Patty Brard in 2012
|Birth name||Petula Louise Brard|
|Also known as||Patty Brard|
March 25, 1955 |
Sorong, Netherlands New Guinea
|Occupations||TV presenter/host, Singer|
|Years active||1977 - present|
|Labels||Philips Records (currently: Universal Music), Ultraphone, Striped Horse, Princess Entertainment/Records|
|Associated acts||Billy Preston, Paulinho Da Costa|
Patty Brard (born Petula Louise Brard in Sorong, New Guinea/Indonesia, on March 25, 1955) is a famous Indo (Dutch-Indonesian) entertainer. She is a TV personality and a singer notable as a member of the girl group Luv'. For three decades, she has often hit the headlines of the tabloid press.
In the late 1970s, Luv' scored a string of international hit records such as "You're the Greatest Lover", "Trojan Horse", "Casanova" and "Ooh, Yes I Do". The group reunited in 2005. Since 1982, Patty has been active on television as a host/presenter of Candid Camera-like TV shows such as Bananasplit and Gaan met die Banaan as well as the 1985 edition of the San Remo Festival and the 2001 version of Big Brother. Inspired by the success of The Osbournes, she was involved from 2003 to 2006 in reality television shows that featured her life, the most popular being Patty's Posse. In recent years, she was often invited on famous talk shows (Jensen!, Mooi! Weer De Leeuw, De Wereld Draait Door...). Her funny participation in the ice skating competition Sterren Dansen Op Het IJs was a highly covered event in early 2007. She hosted the entertainment news program Shownieuws between February 2007 and May 2011 on SBS 6. Brard also presented other shows on the same channel: De Nieuwe Uri Geller ("The new Uri Geller"), Wie Ben Ik? ("Who Am I?"), K2 zoekt K3" and "Prins zoekt vrouw". After Sanoma and Talpa had taken over SBS Nederland in 2011, her contract was not extended. In September 2011, she will appear with fellow celebrities Patricia Paay and Tatjana Simic on the RTL 4 reality program Diva's draaien door.
- 1 Musical career
- 2 TV career
- 3 Career in other media
- 4 Personal life
- 5 References
- 6 External links
The Luv' years
In 1976, she was recruited by Hans van Hemert to be part of Luv' (a female pop act) with two other girls (José Hoebee and Marga Scheide). In the late 1970s, Luv' was the best export act from the Netherlands and scored a string of hit records in Benelux, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, France, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Mexico. In 1980, she left the group and made two comebacks (in 1993-1996 and in 2005–present).
The Post Luv' era
In 1981, Patty was the first Luv' member to start a solo career. She recorded in the 1980s three albums (All This Way, You're In The Pocket and Red Light) in Los Angeles. She collaborated with famous session musicians (like Billy Preston, Paulinho Da Costa, Paul Jackson, Jr. and Jai Winding). Patty's American recordings weren't big selling discs like those of Luv' (except the single "Hold On To Love" which was a Top 20 hit in the Netherlands, a Top 10 hit in Belgium and which reached the 12th position in South Africa in 1981).
She is used to record duets:
- In 1986, she performed the ballad "Tender Love", released as a single, with Eddie Kendricks.
- In 2000, she sang a track with Def Rhymz, a Dutch rapper.
- In 2004, she recorded the single "Huilen is voor jou te laat" with Jacques Herb, which was a minor hit on the Dutch charts (#64 on the Mega Top 100).
- In 2005, the duet "That's Life" with her lover Derick was the theme of Pat's Life, one of her reality television shows.
- In 2006, her Carnival song "Ik wil knallen" with Ome Henk became a Dutch Top 5 hit.
In 1997, as the Spice Girls world phenomenon reached its peak, Patty hired five young women to form a short-lived female pop group Patty Cash. Hans van Hemert did the production on the quintet's recordings. Moreover, the same year, she was part of a Dutch All Stars choir (BN'ers voor BNN) which recorded "Hij gaat voor C", a parodic cover version of "We Are the World" that reached the 3rd position on the Dutch Top 40. Six years later, she briefly formed her own girls band "Enuv'", inspired by her experience as a Luv' member. In 2010, NRGY Music released Brard's Schlager oriented single "Het leven is een feest" (Life is a party) for the Carnival festivities in the Netherlands, which peaked at #8 in the Netherlands.
- All This Way (Philips, 1981)
- You're In The Pocket (Ultraphone, 1983)
- Red Light (Striped Horse, 1986)
- Een vrolijk kerstfeest (Tip Top TTC, 1995), a Christmas music compilation on which Patty Brard sings "It's Gonna Be A Cold Christmas" with Robert Halewijn
- Gouden Kerst (Megado, 1996), a re-issue of Een vrolijk kerstfeest
- Patty's Party Vol. 1 (NRGY Music, 2011)
- "Hold On To Love" (Philips, 1981)
- "Brazilian Love Song / Samba Man" (Philips, 1981)
- "You Stole a Little Piece of My Heart" (Ultraphone, 1983)
- "Never My Love" (Ultraphone, 1983)
- "Woman in Love" (Striped Horse, 1985)
- "Mystery Theme" (Striped Horse, 1985)
- "Over My Head" (Striped Horse, 1986)
- "Red Light" (Striped Horse, 1986)
- "Tender Love" (duet with Eddy Kendricks, Striped Horse, 1986)
- "Ik ga extreem" (Red Bullet, 1996)
- "BN'ers voor BNN: Hij gaat voor C" (Bunny Music Bucs, 1997)
- "Huilen is voor jou te laat" (duet with Jacques Herb, Telstar/CNR Music, 2004)
- "That's Life" (duet with Derick, Princess Records, 2005)
- "Ik wil knallen" (duet with Ome Henk, Princess Records, 2006)
- "Het leven is een feest" (NRGY Music, 2010)
- "Morgen Kan't Weer Anders Zijn" (NRGY Music, 2011)
- "Waarom zou drinken een zonde zijn" (NRGY Music, 2011)
Since 1982, Patty Brard has hosted many TV shows, such as Banana Split, Gaan met die banaan, Brard gaat extreem, Onder de B van Brard and Hart van de stad. In 1985, she presented with Pippo Baudo the famous Sanremo Music Festival on the Italian TV channel Rai Uno.
Two years later, a reality TV programme Patty's Posse featured her domestic life, her friends and her family (her daughter Priscilla, and her third husband René). In the autumn of 2004, she was filmed with other celebrities (among them, her Luv' colleague Marga Scheide) as they were having a health cure in Ibiza.
On March 25, 2005, she celebrated her 50th birthday, which spawned a special TV programme Pat's Life (in which she met the most important persons in her life) was prepared. Later that year RTL 5 broadcast Lieve Patty, in which Patty helped desperate candidates to solve their love problems. In 2006, the docusoap Back In Luv' featured Luv's reunion.
Her funny performance in Sterren Dansen op het IJs (the Dutch version of Skating with Celebrities) in January 2007 was a heavily covered media event. After a 15-year long partnership with RTL Nederland, she signed a contract with SBS 6. She was involved in several programs:
- "Shownieuws" (an entertainment news show) that she presented from February 2007 to May 2011.
- "De Nieuwe Uri Geller" (the Dutch version of paranormal talent contest "The Successor" (which was high in the ratings in 2008-2009). She was a regular guest on the first season, co-hosted the second season with Tooske Ragas and the third edition with Beau van Erven Dorens. She was also part of a jury on the 2010 edition.
- "Wie Ben Ik?". She was team captain on this game show with Gerard Joling (the 2008 season scored good ratings but the next edition lost half of its viewers).
- K2 zoekt K3, a talent show with Patty in the jury and whose aim was to search the new member of Flemish girl group K3.
- The second season of "Coming to Holland: Prins zoekt vrouw", the Dutch version of Undercover Princes aired between November 2010 and January 2011.
In April 2011, Sanoma and Talpa took over SBS Nederland. One month later, Patty's deal was not extended. Soon after, RTL Nederland announced that Brard would appear in September 2011 on a reality program Diva's draaien door with former rivals Patricia Paay and Tatjana Simic.
- Bananasplit (TROS, 1982–1985)
- Sanremo Music Festival (Rai Uno, 1985)
- Bingo (1986, Belgium)
- Gaan met die banaan (RTL Véronique, 1989–1990)
- Hart van de stad (RTL 4, 1994)
- Brard gaat extreem (RTL 5, 1994)
- Onder de B van Brard (RTL 5, 1995)
- Brard gaat extreem (Veronica, 1997–1998)
- Brard (Veronica, 1997–1998)
- Veronica Goes Gay (Veronica, 1998)
- Patty (Veronica, 1999)
- Patty gaat extreem (Veronica, 1999)
- Absolutely Patty (Veronica, 2000–2001)
- Big Brother 3: "The Battle" (Yorin, 2001)
- Patty's Posse (Yorin, 2003–2004)
- Patty's Fort (Yorin, 2004)
- Pat's Life (Yorin, 2005)
- Lieve Patty (RTL 5, 2005)
- Back In Luv' (RTL 5 and vtm, 2006)
- Shownieuws (SBS 6, 2007–2011)
- De Nieuwe Uri Geller (SBS 6, 2008–2010)
- Wie Ben IK? (SBS 6, 2008–2009)
- K2 zoekt K3 (SBS 6 and vtm, 2009)
- Coming to Holland: Prins zoekt vrouw (SBS 6, 2010–2011)
- Diva's draaien door (RTL 4, 2011, currently filming)
Career in other media
In 1996, Patty hosted Radio Romantica on Hitradio Veronica, in which she gave the listeners advices about their love problems. In 2003 and 2004, she worked on a weekend show on Noordzee FM.
In January 1988, Brard was the cover girl of one issue of the Dutch edition of Playboy. Nowadays, the pictures of this photo session can easily be found on internet.
Columnist and interviewer
In 2005 and 2006, she wrote a weekly column in Weekend (a Dutch gossip magazine) about her career and her point of view about show business. In August 2007, she was a temporary correspondent of Privé (a Dutch celebrity magazine) in which she writes another column about her holidays in Ibiza. She currently interviews female stars for the glossy publication Beau Monde.
Acting and dubbing
Patty appeared in Odyssée d'amour, a movie directed by Pim de la Parra in 1987 as well as in Costa! and the series based on it in 2001. She also played cameo roles in the TV series Pittige tijden (a parody of Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden in 1997) and in the film Spion van Oranje (2009) besides comedian Paul de Leeuw and singer Gerard Joling.
In 2010, Brard also dubbed characters voices for the Dutch version of two 3-D animated comedies: "How to train your dragon" (produced by DreamWorks) and Sammy's adventures (distributed by Universal Pictures). In 2011, she dubbed the voice of Spanish actress Pilar Bardem for the Walt Disney Movie "Heksje Lilly en de reis naar Mandolan" (the sequel of Lilly the Witch: The Dragon and the Magic Book).
Advertisements and TV commercials
- in the 1980s in a newspaper advertisement to promote Papillon/American Love romance novels
- in 1984 for the Coebergh Spirits
- in 2001 for the Sun tablets (dishwasher products)
- in 2003 in a newspaper advertisement for the Dutch subsidiary of Debitel, a mobile services provider
- in 2003 for the internet provider chello, in which she played the role of an Idols contestant
- in 2006 for Media Markt
Her husbands and her lovers
Since Luv's breakthrough, the Dutch tabloids have always been interested in Patty's privacy, especially in her love affairs.
The Luv' singer got married three times:
- 1979-1980: Her first husband, Ron Brandsteder, is a famous TV presenter in the Netherlands.
- 1983-1988: The second, Carlo Nasi, is an Italian music producer who is an heir and descendant of Giovanni Agnelli, founder of the FIAT company. He's the father of Patty's daughter, Priscilla.
- 1999-2004: The third one, René Muthert, is a singer and a musician who appeared in Patty's Posse, one of her reality TV shows.
In addition to these weddings, she has had many affairs, including:
- Pepe Lienhard, a TV host and a famous Swiss orchestra conductor
- Eric Peute (an entrepreneur and publisher)
- Hans van Hemert (Luv's producer)
- Derick (with whom she recorded in duet a single (That's Life), the theme of her TV show Pat's Life in 2005).
Her current lover is Antoine van de Vijver, an architect.
Patty's bankruptcy in 1993
Due to the flop of Hello/Brard (a magazine she had launched with Eric Peute and that focused on women's fashion, beauty, health and entertainment), Patty went bankrupt in December 1993. She was obliged to sell all her possessions. It took years to recover.
A journalist, Pieter Ploeg wrote her biography (De Naakte Waarheid: The Naked Truth) which was published by Strengholt in 2003.
- Video of Brard's performance on "Sterren Dansen Op Het IJs" in January 2007 on SBS 6. (Dutch) Accessed: May 21, 2011
- Article posted on DutchNews.nl about SBS taken over by Talpa and Sanoma on April 20, 2011. (Dutch) Accessed: May 21, 2011
- Patty's interview on RTL Boulevard on May 18, 2011. (Dutch) Accessed: May 21, 2011
- Article posted on Nu.nl about RTL 4 reality show with Patricia Paay, Patty Brard and Tatjana Simic
- Bumacultuur.nl, List of the Conamus Export Prize winners; Conamus (currently: Buma Cultuur) is an organisation which promotes Dutch music artists abroad. Every year, since 1972, this foundation has presented an Export Prize to reward the best selling Export acts from the Netherlands.
- List of the winners of Dutch pop music awards presented by Buma Cultuur in 1979
- Album credits of All This Way, released in 1981
- Album credits of You're in the pocket, released in 1982
- Album credits of Red Light, released in 1986
- Kendricks is a former singer of the Motown singing group the Temptations
- Peak position of "Huilen is voor jou te laat" by Patty Brard and Jacques Herb
- Peak position on the Dutch Single Top 100
- Infos about the parodic version of "We Are the World" recorded by Dutch celebrities
- "Het leven is een feest" by Patty Brard on Oranje Muziek site
- Peak position on Dutch Single Top 100
- Shownieuws.tv, Shownieuws website on SBS 6. (Dutch) Accessed: January 23, 2011
- Dutch Audience Measurement Company
- Article published on June 15th 2009 in De Telegraaf about Patty as judge on K2 zoekt K3
- TV-visie.nl, Article about Prins zoekt vrouw on SBS 6. (Dutch) Accessed: January 23, 2011
- Article on Total News on April, 2011. (Dutch) Accessed: May 21, 2011
- Article posted on Televizier.nl on May 18, 2011. (Dutch) Accessed: May 21, 2011
- Official site of TV reality program "Diva's draaien soor". (Dutch) Accessed: July 17, 2011
- Spion van Oranje release info on IMDb.com
- Official site of the movie "Spion van Oranje"
- Youtube.com, Video of Patty in Heksje Lilly. (Dutch) Accessed: May 21, 2011
- Patty's chello ad
- Official website
- Patty Brard at the Internet Movie Database
- Official Luv' Fan Club website
- Information site in English about Patty and her group Luv'
- (Dutch) Patty's page on SBS 6 official internet site
- (Dutch) Patty Brard at the Dutch Rock & Pop Institute
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