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Catherine Lara

Catherine Lara
Catherine Lara, 2009
Background information
Birth name Catherine Bodet
Born (1945-05-29) 29 May 1945
Origin Poissy, France
Genres Rock
French pop
Occupation(s) Singer, Vocalist, Songwriter, Violinist, Composer
Instruments Violin, Electric violin, Vocals
Years active 1972–present
Labels CBS, Trema,
Universal Music Group
Website http://www.rfimusique.comfr/biographie/biographie_8959.asp Official website]

Catherine Lara (born Catherine Bodet; 29 May 1945) is a French violinist, composer and singer.


  • Music career 1
  • Personal life 2
  • Discography 3
    • Live albums 3.1
    • Best of 3.2
  • Related Francophone artists 4
  • Filmography 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Music career

Catherine Baudet was born in Poissy, near Paris, the daughter of a doctor (and amateur violinist). Her mother brought up Catherine, her sister and two brothers in a musical household. Catherine started playing the violin at age 11 and entered the conservatoire at Versailles, leaving two years later with a first prize in 1966.[1]

She played and composed for famous singers before starting to sing herself. Her first album, Ad libitum was released in 1972. Since her 1979 album Coup d'feel, her songs are more influenced by rock music. The 1983 album La Rockeuse de diamant provided a major success with the single "La Rockeuse de diamant", and a daring song with "Autonome", in which she says : "[I'm] free to love a woman or a man". In 1986, she made a breakthrough with the single "Nuit magique" written by Luc Plamondon, her biggest hit that brought her fame and made her win a Victoires de la Musique (French Grammy Awards) for best female singer of the year. She published her autobiography in 1987, L'Aventurière de l'archet perdu. She was named Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture in 1990.[2]

Still with Plamondon, she worked on a Véronique Sanson, entitled "Entre elle et moi".

She takes part in charity tours for Les Restos du coeur, alongside French rock stars Johnny Hallyday, Eddy Mitchell and Jean-Jacques Goldman, as well as Sidaction and Sol En Si. In 2002, she composed a song for the France national football team, to be sung by Johnny Hallyday. The same year Lara was named Officer of the Ordre de la Légion d'honneur.[3]

Personal life

Catherine Lara is openly lesbian. When asked in a TV show what she would look at first in a man, she answered "his wife".[4] Nevertheless, she doesn't want to dwell on her sexual orientation, "For fifteen years I lived a love story and I didn’t tell anyone. I prefer to talk about love instead of sex. After coming out I realized that if it could do good to someone, man or woman, who feels outcast by society, fine."[5]


  • Ab libitum (1972)
  • Marche dans le temps (1972)
  • La craie dans l'encrier (1974)
  • Nil (1975)
  • Jeux de société (1976)
  • Babylone (1977)
  • Coup d'feel (1979)
  • Geronimo (1980)
  • Johan (1981)
  • T'es pas drôle (1982)
  • La Rockeuse de Diamants (1983)
  • Flamenrock/Espionne (1984)
  • Nuit magique (1986)
  • Encore une fois (1987)
  • Rocktambule (1988)
  • Sand et les romantiques (1992)
  • Maldonne (1993)
  • Mélomanie (1996)
  • Aral (2000)
  • Graal (2005)
  • Passe-moi l'ciel (2005)
  • Au-delà des murs (2009)

Live albums

  • Catherine Lara en concert à l'Olympia (1984)
  • Live 88 (1988)

Best of

  • Rock'n roll de Montréal (72–80) – double CD (1992)
  • Best of Lara (72–96) (1997)
  • Best of Lara (1997) – coffret 5 CDs
  • Catherine Lara (2005) Textes d'Andrée Lebrun

Related Francophone artists



  1. ^ Biography of Catherine Lara,; accessed 19 March 2015.
  2. ^ Biography,; accessed 19 March 2015.(French)
  3. ^ Information Presse – Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication,; accessed 19 March 2015.(French)
  4. ^ Catherine Lara au-delà des apparences, Têtu, 23 March 2009.(French)
  5. ^ Portrait: Catherine Lara,, 29 March 2009.

External links

  • official website; accessed 19 March 2015.
  • official website,; accessed 19 March 2015.
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