Liane Foly

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Liane Foly
Birth nameEliane Falliex
Born (1962-12-16) 16 December 1962 (age 56)
OriginLyon, France
GenresBlues, Jazz, Pop
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, Impressionist, Actress, Presenter
InstrumentsVocalist
Years active1984–present
LabelsVirgin
Associated actsLes Enfoirés, André Manoukian

Liane Foly (born 16 December 1962 in Lyon) is a popular French blues and jazz singer, actress, presenter and impressionist.

Early years[edit]

Foly was born the 16 December 1962[1] in the 7th arrondissement of Lyon. Her parents, a merchant family in French Algeria, returned to France in 1962 with the Pied-Noir community and moved to Lyon, near the Perrache quarter, where they owned La droguerie du sourire.[1] As a child of five she practised dancing. At age 12, she sang with her parents' orchestra Black and White with her brother Philippe on the drums and her sister Corinne at the piano. Later she continued to sing in local night clubs and bars, developing an affinity for blues and jazz. She studied languages for her Baccalauréat and is bilingual in French and English.

Foly's brother is Philippe Falliex, a French composer for television and radio shows. He composed several of her songs and accompanied her on stage as a drummer.

Career[edit]

In 1984, Foly was discovered by Philippe Viennet and André Manoukian, who offered to write for her and record a demo. After much work she arrived in Paris in 1987 and obtained a meeting with Fabrice Nataf, artistic director and patron of Virgin France, who launched her career. She took on the name Liane Foly in 1986, Foly in homage to Dalí, who at the time said in an advertisement that he was mad for chocolate. In 1988, she published her first album, The Man I Love, promoted by the Ca va, ça vient single. It was a commercial success, landing in the top 50. The same year she performed on stage in Paris (La Cigale). The album was composed by André Manoukian, with lyrics written by Foly and Philippe Viennet. Her 1997 album, Caméléon, was Foly's first without André Manoukian. Produced by Philippe Viennet, it was largely ignored by the French public. She took a greater part in the composition of her 2000 album, Entre nous.

Private life[edit]

Between 1984 and 1992, Foly was in couple with André Manoukian, her artistic collaborator, and from 1996 to 2002 with her manager, Laurent B. Souffir. In August 2003, she married Augustin Decré, a businessman. They divorced in 2007. She lived in London from 1997 to 2007 and then returned to live in Paris.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 1985 : Besoin de toi
  • 1988 : The Man I Love, from which the single Ça va, ça vient made the top 50
  • 1990 : Rêve orange
  • 1993 : Les Petites Notes, also recorded in English as Sweet Mystery
  • 1996 : Lumières (live)
  • 1997 : Caméléon, recorded in Los Angeles
  • 1999 : Acoustique
  • 2000 : Entre nous
  • 2002 : Au fur et à mesure (best of)
  • 2004 : La chanteuse de bal
  • 2005 : Une étoile dort (recorded live at the Casino de Paris)
  • 2008 : Le goût du désir
  • 2016 : Crooneuse

Singles[edit]

  • 1985 : Besoin de toi
  • 1988 : Ca va, ca vient
  • 1988 : Love me, love moi
  • 1989 : Chéri
  • 1990 : Au fur et à mesure
  • 1991 : Goodbye Lover
  • 1991 : Rêve Orange
  • 1991 : Va savoir
  • 1991 : S'en balancer
  • 1991 : Les feuilles mortes
  • 1992 : La belle et la bête (Ft Charles Aznavour)
  • 1993 : Doucement
  • 1993 : Laisse pleurer les nuages
  • 1994 : J'irai tranquille
  • 1994 : A trace of you
  • 1994 : Sweet mystery
  • 1994 : Les yeux doux
  • 1994 : Voler la nuit
  • 1994 : Jalna
  • 1994 : Heures hindoues
  • 1994 : La grande parade des animaux
  • 1994 : J'ai le cœur en bois (Ft Yves Duteil)
  • 1997 : C'est bon d'aimer
  • 1997 : De l'autre côté du temps
  • 1997 : L'amour est fort
  • 1998 : Victoire
  • 1999 : La vie ne m'apprend rien
  • 1999 : Aime-moi
  • 2000 : Il est mort le soleil
  • 2000 : La chanson de Léa
  • 2001 : On a tous le droit
  • 2001 : Être vrai
  • 2002 : Une place sur terre
  • 2002 : Vivre
  • 2004 : La chanteuse de bal
  • 2005 : Déracinée
  • 2005 : Une étoile dort
  • 2008 : Reviens-moi
  • 2008 : Ma vie sans toi
  • 2011 : Colette
  • 2016 : J'aime regarder les filles
  • 2016 : C'est extra
  • 2016 : La Boîte de Jazz
  • 2016 : Voilà c'est fini

Soundtracks[edit]

  • 1992 : Beauty and the Beast, La Belle et La Bête (Ft Charles Aznavour)
  • 1994 : Jalna (TV Series), generic
  • 1995 : Sabrina, Les Petites Notes
  • 2000 : La Bicyclette bleue (TV Movie), La Chanson de Léa
  • 2010 : What War May Bring, Du chaud dans tes bras, Que reste-t-il de nos amours, Cette fille-là & B comme Berlin

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
1995 Zadoc et le bonheur Rose Pierre-Henry Salfati
2005 La battante Cathy Rolland Didier Albert TV Movie
2006 Navarro Claude Derval Philippe Davin TV Series (1 Episode)
2007 Could This Be Love? Jeanne Larozière Pierre Jolivet
2009 La liste Anita Hochet Christian Faure TV Movie
R.I.S, police scientifique Monica Verone Christophe Barbier TV Series (1 Episode)
2010 What War May Bring The singer Claude Lelouch
À 10 minutes de la plage Rita Stéphane Kappes TV Movie
Josephine, Guardian Angel Laura Calle Philippe Monnier TV Series (1 Episode)
2014 Ligne de mire Aline Delmas Nicolas Herdt TV Movie
2017 Everyone's Life Eugénie Flora / Nini Jazzy Claude Lelouch

Dubbing[edit]

Year Title Role
2009 Boogie Boogie
The Princess and the Frog Mama Odie

Theater[edit]

Year Title Author Director
2007-2009 La Folle Parenthèse Liane Foly Marc Jolivet
2011-2012 La Folle part en cure Liane Foly Marc Jolivet
2013 Jamais deux sans trois Jean Franco Jean-Luc Moreau

Television[edit]

Year Title Channel Notes
2007 Téléthon France 2 Godmother
Miss France TF1 Jury
2008 Qui sera le meilleur ce soir ? Host with Christophe Dechavanne
2010 Génération 90 Host with Nikos Aliagas
2010-2011 Le grand show des enfants Host
2011 Génération 80 Host with Nikos Aliagas
Génération 2000 Host with Nikos Aliagas
Génération Tube de toujours Host with Nikos Aliagas
2012 Génération 80 Host with Nikos Aliagas
2013 Un air de star M6 Jury
2016 SuperKids M6 / W9 Jury
2019 Danse avec les stars TF1 Contestant

Radio[edit]

Year Title Channel
2017-2018 Les Grosses Têtes RTL
2007-2008 Chacun sa Foly Sud Radio

Other work[edit]

  • Since 1993, she is a member of Les Enfoirés, a union of artists who sing every year at a charity concert for the association the Restaurants du Cœur.
  • Since 1995, part of proceeds from her two albums went to AIDS charities.
  • Since 2006, she has worked for AFIPA, an organization fighting the commercialisation of pet animal furs (dogs and cats).
  • In 2007, She is the godmother of the TV Show "Téléthon" and the non-profit organisation Make a Wish (Belgium).
  • In 2013, She is the godmother of the France women's national football team.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Interview in the magazine VSD, p98, no 1477, 14–20 December 2005