Sylvie Vartan

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Sylvie Vartan (Bulgarian: Силви Вартан; Armenian: Սյլվիա Վարտան; born 15 August 1944) is a French singer of Bulgarian origin. 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.[1] Her performance often featured elaborate show-dance choreography.[1] She made many appearances on French and Italian TV. Yearly shows with her husband at the time Johnny Hallyday attracted full houses at the Olympia and the Palais des congrès de Paris throughout the 1960s and Mid-1970s.[1] After a break in performances, she began recording and giving concerts of jazz ballads in the French speaking countries again in late 2004.[2]


Early life

Vartan was born in Iskretz, Sofia Province, Bulgaria. Her father George was a Bulgarian of Armenian descent. He worked as an attaché at the French embassy in Sofia. Her mother Ilona was Hungarian.[2] The original family name was Vartanian, 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.[2] 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.[2]

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