Amanda Lear (born 18 November 1939 is a French singer, lyricist, composer, painter, TV presenter, actress and novelist. She is the daughter of an Englishman and a Russian exile. Currently she lives in Saint-Étienne-du-Grès, France near Avignon in the south. She studied art in Paris and in the 60s moved to London. During this period she got to know the most prominent designers, musicians and artists belonging to the artistic circles she frequented. Her preferences were predominantly for the Surrealist movement and for bodily expression, since she has also studied the art of mime.