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22 Breathtaking Photos of Vanessa Paradis Through the Years


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Maybe it’s because she has been an ageless beauty for as long as anyone can remember that we forget Vanessa Paradis first became a star at the age of 14, when her song “Joe le Taxi,” off her 1987 debut album, M & J, shot to the top of the charts in her native France. She’d go on, of course, to become a wonderful actress, a fashion icon, a Chanel fixture, a wife to Johnny Depp (and then ex-wife), a mom to Lily-Rose. And she sailed through all of it with her indelible je ne sais quoi. On her 46th birthday, 22 images of Paradis through the years—the mother-daughter resemblance is breathtaking.

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Vanessa Paradis in 1987. Courtesy of Getty Images.

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Etienne Roda Gil, Vanessa Paradis and her uncle Didier Pain attend a party at Les Bains Douches in 1987 in Paris, France. Courtesy of Getty Images.

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French singer and actress Vanessa Paradis during the Cesar Film Awards in 1989. Courtesy of Getty Images.

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Vanessa Paradis at a Jean-Charles de Castelbajac runway show on March 18, 1989 in Paris, France. Courtesy of Getty Images.

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Vanessa Paradis holding a statuette at César à Paris in 1990, France. Courtesy of Getty Images.

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Vanessa Paradis at Paris-Match 40th Birthday-Party, 1987. Courtesy of Getty Images.

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French actress Vanessa Paradis on the set of the film Une Chance sur Deux, directed by Patrice Leconte, in 1997. Courtesy of Getty Images.

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Vanessa Paradis – “Victoires De La Musique” (Victories of Music) – 1990. Courtesy of Getty Images.

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Singer Vanessa Paradis and actress Jeanne Moreau (who was president of the jury) during Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France in May 1995. Courtesy of Getty Images.

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French actress, singer and model Vanessa Paradis poses for a portrait in a studio June 5, 1999. Courtesy of Getty Images.

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Vanessa Paradis at the film premiere for Une Chance Sur Deux (One Chance Out Of Two) 1998. Courtesy of Getty Images.

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French actors Alain Delon, Vanessa Paradis and Jean-Paul Belmondo in 1997, promoting the movie Un Amour de Sorcière, written and directed by René Manzor. Courtesy of Getty Images.

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French singer and actress Vanessa Paradis poses for a portrait in February 1993 in New York City, New York. Courtesy of Getty Images.

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Johnny Depp & wife Vanessa Paradis take their two children for a picnic in a London park in 2002. Courtesy of Getty Images.

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Actress Vanessa Paradis attends the MET Costume Institute Gala Celebrating Chanel at the Metropolitan Museum of Art May 2, 2005 In New York City. Courtesy of Getty Images.

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Vanessa Paradis and German designer Karl Lagerfeld at the Chanel “Haute Couture” Fall-Winter 2007/2008 collection fashion show on July 3, 2007 in Paris. Courtesy of Getty Images.

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Singer Vanessa Paradis receives the ‘Artiste Interprete Feminine’ award during the ‘Les Victoires de la musique 2014’ ceremony at Le Zenith on February 14, 2014 in Paris, France. Courtesy of Getty Images.

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Vanessa Paradis arrives at the Chanel show at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2011 at Grand Palais on March 9, 2010 in Paris, France. Courtesy of Getty Images.

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Actress Singer Vanessa Paradis attends the Dinner For Aids (Sidaction 2009) at the Pavillon Armenonville on January 29, 2009 in Paris, France. Courtesy of Getty Images.

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Vanessa Paradis attends the after party for Millennium Entertainment’s “Fading Gigolo” screening hosted by The Cinema Society and Women’s Health and Svedka at Bar Nana on April 11, 2014 in New York City. Courtesy of Getty Images.

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Actress Vanessa Paradis attends the 26th Cabourg Romantic Film Festival on June 16, 2012 in Cabourg, France. Courtesy of Getty Images.

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Vanessa Paradis and her daughter Lily-Rose Depp attend the Chanel Haute Couture Fall Winter 2018/2019 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 3, 2018 in Paris, France. Courtesy of Getty Images.