Mylène Farmer born Mylène Jeanne Gautier (born 12 September 1961; Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a French singer, songwriter and author. She has sold more than 45 million records and is among the most successful recording artists of all time in France.
Her best-known songs are "Désenchantée", "Pourvu qu'elles soient douces", "Sans contrefaçon", "Libertine", "California", "C'est une belle journée", "Rêver" and "Les Mots".
Farmer was born in Pierrefonds, Quebec, Canada, a suburb (now borough) of Montreal. Her parents moved from France in the late 1950s.
At 17 she took a three-year course at the Cours Florent (drama school in Paris). Changing her name to Mylène Farmer as a tribute to her idol, 30s Hollywood actress Frances Farmer, she began to earn a living as a model acting in several TV ads.
In 1984, Farmer met Laurent Boutonnat, a young film student also enrolled in Cours Florent. They became friends and forged a creative partnership, writing and producing the music. Boutonnat was the force behind Mylène framer’s videos. He directed her vidéoclips as short films.
Her vidéos and her shows are compared to those of Michael Jackson and Madonna.
Mylène Farmer gained fame with songs featuring shocking poetic lyrics, and explicit music videos: "Maman a tort", "Pourvu qu'elles soient douces", "Libertine", "Que mon cœur lâche"
She became a mixe between provocation and mystery...