Sylvie Vartan Wiki, Age, Boyfriend, Husband, Family, Biography & More

Sylvie Vartan is an Armenian-Bulgarian-French actress and singer. In 2004, after a long hiatus from the stage, she began to record and give concerts of jazz ballads in French-speaking countries.


Sylvie Vartan’s full name is Sylvie Georges Vartanian and she was born on Tuesday, August 15, 1944 (78 years old; in 2022) in Sofia, Bulgaria. His zodiac sign is Leo. During the Ottoman occupation of Bulgaria, a friend of her father, director Dako Dakovski, offered her a role as a schoolgirl in the film Pod Igoto, which features Bulgarian rebels fighting the Ottoman occupiers. She realizes her dream of becoming an artist thanks to her participation in the film. After the war, the family emigrated to Paris in December 1952 due to the difficulties of post-war Bulgaria. They first stayed together at the Hôtel du Lion d’Argent, near Les Halles, where his father found a job, then they lived in a single room at the Hôtel d’Angleterre for four years. She had to work hard to fit in with her classmates and keep up with her school work. The two years she spent learning French were difficult. After moving to Avenue Michel Bizot in 1960, his family rented an apartment there. The influence of her music producer brother Eddie led Sylvie to pursue music as her primary passion as a teenager. Although she attended a strict high school and learned rock ‘n’ roll, Sylvie was particularly drawn to jazz. His inspirations were Brenda Lee, Bill Haley and Elvis Presley.

Physical appearance

Height (approx): 5 ft 5 in / 164 cm

Mass: 123 lbs / 56 kg

Bust/Chest: 33 in / 86 cm

Cut: 25 in / 65 cm

Hips: 35 in / 89 cm

Bra size: 38B (US) / 85B (EU)

Eye colour: Brown

Hair color: Blonde

Sylvie Vartan

Family and ethnicity

Parents and Siblings

His father, Georges Vartanian (1912-1970) worked in a French embassy in Sofia and took care of diplomatic affairs. It was a family tradition to abbreviate Vartanian’s name to Vartan.

Sylvie Vartan's father

Sylvie Vartan’s father

His mother was Ilona (née Mayer 1914-2007), daughter of prominent architect Rudolf Mayer of Hungarian Jewish descent.

Sylvie Vartan's mother

Sylvie Vartan’s mother

She has a brother named Eddie who was a music producer who was born August 10, 1937 and died June 19, 2001 (aged 63) in Paris, France from a brain hemorrhage.

Eddie Vartan

Eddie Vartan

Relationships/Affairs, Spouse, Children

When Vartan performed for the second time at the Olympia in Paris in 1962, she met rock musician Johnny Hallyday. The couple married in Offenburg on April 12, 1965. Sylvie Vartan and Johnny Hallyday were the “golden couple” of their generation, but the couple finally divorced on November 4, 1980.

Sylvie Vartan with Johnny Hallyday

Sylvie Vartan with Johnny Hallyday

A son was born to them, David Michael Benjamin Smet, later known as David Hallyday, French singer, songwriter and amateur sports car driver (born 14 August 1966 (age 55; as of 2022))

Son of Sylvie Vartan

Son of Sylvie Vartan

A few years later, Vartan married record producer Tony Scotti and they adopted a Bulgarian girl named Darina (Entrepreneur.)

Sylvie Vartan with Tony Scotti

Sylvie Vartan with Tony Scotti

Sylvie Vartan's daughter

Sylvie Vartan’s daughter

Other relatives

She is the aunt of Eddie Vartan’s son, Michael Vartan (born November 27, 1968) who is a French-American actor.

Michael Vartan

Michael Vartan


In the spring of 1961, Eddie offered Sylvie the opportunity to record the song “Panne d’essence” with the French rocker Frankie Jordan. In the end, the Decca Records EP will bring a lot of success to Sylvie. Vartan made her first appearance on French television in “Panne d’essence” although she was not credited on the cover. Barely graduated from Lycée Victor Hugo, she signed a contract with Decca Records to start recording her EP. It was titled “Quand le film est triste”, a cover of Sue Thompson’s “Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)”, the EP went on sale the first week of December 1961.

Her next hit was “All my friends”, which was featured on her 1961 EP. Additionally, she had a small role as a singer in the film Un clair de lune à Maubeuge, in which she made her acting debut. actress. She became one of the top 20 European hitmakers six times with her 31 songs released in 1962/1963.

Moonlight in Maubeuge (1962)

Moonlight in Maubeuge (1962)

Johnny Hallyday and Vartan toured France together in the winter of 1963, and the two appeared in the film Where Are You From, Johnny?

Sylvie Vartan in Where are you from, Johnny?  (1963)

Sylvie Vartan in Where are you from, Johnny? (1963)

Ye-ye diva

During Hallyday’s military service in December 1964, his brother Eddie hired two English songwriting session musicians, Tommy Brown on drums and Mick Jones on guitar, to accompany them on their recording session in New York. . Located in the intelligent design of the JC Averty Show, “This letter” is the first of Sylvie Vartan’s televised variety evenings. In 1966–69 she recorded more original hits.


Sylvie Vartan continued to perform and record intensively despite a second serious car accident in 1970; in 1972, she played in the film Malpertuis. RCA sold millions of records under her name, making her the label’s most prolific artist after Elvis Presley.

Sylvie Vartan in Malpertuis (1971)

Sylvie Vartan in Malpertuis (1971)

In 1976, she recorded “What makes blondes cry?”, a disco-style cover of a song by John Kongos which dominated the French charts for several weeks. After a week of concerts in Las Vegas in 1982, she released a duet with John Denver: “Love Again”, a #85 single on the Billboard Hot 100 followed in 1985 by a new album in the USA with “Double Exposure” and “One – Shooting enthusiast. In 1986, she took a break from the entertainment industry and returned in 1989 with “C’est Fatal” (“E’ Fatale” in Italy).

When her brother Eddie died in 2001, she took another break from performing in public. She started recording and performing jazz ballads in French-speaking countries and in Japan in the fall of 2005.


  • Knight of the National Order of Merit on November 13, 1987, Officer in 2006.
  • Knight of the Legion of Honor on November 14, 1998, Officer in 2009.


Autograph of Sylvie Vartan

Autograph of Sylvie Vartan

Facts / Anecdotes

  • She loves dogs and has two dogs, Phoenix and Cooper.
    Sylvie Vartan's dogs

    Sylvie Vartan’s dogs

    Sylvie Vartan posted about her dogs

    Sylvie Vartan posted about her dogs

  • As part of the WHO Goodwill Ambassador program for maternal and child health in the European region, the singer was appointed in 2005.
  • Vartan is considered an icon for homosexuals.
  • She was nicknamed the twist schoolgirl or the twist schoolgirl by journalists.
  • On January 16, 1964, Sylvie performed with the Beatles and opened their show at the Olympia
  • Advertisement for the “Renommée” fashion line and supporting role in the movie Patate contributed to her fame. Additionally, she appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, Shindig! and Hullabaloo and has toured internationally including Canada, South America and Polynesia. While in Tokyo, she performed 13 shows over a 12-day period.
  • His appearances were popular in Italy and France; she donned a different costume for each song, including many short skirts and Barbarella boots. Designers from both countries even drew Sylvie Vartan look-alikes.
  • In 1990, Sylvie gave a concert at the Palace of Culture in Sofia which featured Bulgarian songs as opening and closing numbers. After emigration, the concert was Sylvie’s first visit to Sofia.
  • She wrote with Eric & Christian Cazalot a book entitled “Le Tourbillon d’une vie”.
    Sylvie Vartan's book

    Sylvie Vartan’s book

  • She has been on the cover of many magazines like Gala France.
    Sylvie Vartan on the cover of Gala Magazine with her daughter

    Sylvie Vartan on the cover of Gala Magazine with her daughter

  • Benoît Cachin, a French journalist, wrote a book about her called “La plus belle pour taller chanter”.
    A book written about Sylvie Vartan

    A book written about Sylvie Vartan

  • Her first photo on Instagram was on December 28, 2016 when she posted a picture of her decorated door with the caption “Bonnes Fêtes à Tous” or “Happy Holidays to all”.
    Sylvie Vartan's first post on Instagram

    Sylvie Vartan’s first post on Instagram

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