<p>A constant fixture in the tabloids thanks to her high-profile relationships with various rock stars, Carla Bruni undeniably brought a touch of showbiz into the world of politics when she marr...
Actor Alexander Ludwig has landed a new role as a brand ambassador for jewellery and luxury goods company Bulgari.
The Lone Survivor star, who also played Cato in The Hunger Games, joined his fellow Bulgari spokesman, Eric Bana, and the design firm's muse, singer and former French First Lady Carla Bruni, at a party in Paris, France on Tuesday night (08Jul14) to celebrate his new appointment, which was announced during the city's haute couture fashion week.
Ludwig, 22, says, "I feel very privileged to be associated with such an incredibly prestigious brand. I've long admired its tradition of impeccable design and it is also very appealing to me because the product is very youthful and modern. "I am also proud of their fundraising work on behalf of Save the Children and look forward to working more closely on their humanitarian projects in the near future."
Oscar winner Jared Leto, The Vampire Diaries beauty Nina Dobrev and Star Trek actor Zachary Quinto were also in attendance at the party.
"I want him to be happy and I care about my country. But as a woman I wish he wasn't going back... He's never stopped me from doing anything I liked. He's supporting me all the time in whatever I do... He just encourages me, so I don't see myself saying, 'Don't do it' if he was trying to do it." Singer/former French First Lady Carla Bruni responds to rumours her husband Nicolas Sarkozy is considering another run for president.
Model/singer Carla Bruni is adding radio presenter to her resume after landing her own show for the BBC. The former French First Lady, who is married to Nicolas Sarkozy, will host Carla Bruni's Postcards From Paris on Britain's BBC Radio 2 in May (14).
During the three-part show, Bruni will share songs by some her favourite artists, including Edith Piaf and Francoise Hardy, and stories about her hometown.
She isn't the only star joining the BBC radio line-up - Scissor Sisters member Ana Matronic and British actress Sheila Hancock will also present segments as part of a series of shows by women from the world of music and the stage.
Singer Carla Bruni has cancelled a number of upcoming shows in Canada. France's former First Lady is heading off on a North American tour this year (14), but she has now axed a pair of concerts in Canada.
Bruni, who is married to France's former president Nicolas Sarkozy, has reportedly been advised by her doctors to perform no more than three shows a week, prompting her to lighten her tour schedule.
Richard Michaud, the promoter behind Bruni's axed gig in Gatineau, tells the Ottawa Citizen that ticket sales were slow due to the scheduling difficulties: "We would have been sold out but by doctor's orders she could not perform more than three shows per week."
The cancelled gigs include the Gatineau concert at the Casino du Lac-Leamy on 23 April (14) and a show in Quebec on 21 April (14).
The former model's agent Bertrand de Labbey confirmed the cancellations to AFP, insisting the rest of the North American tour is going ahead as planned.
Actress Catherine Deneuve and France's former First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy were at heartbroken Jane Birkin's side as she buried her daughter in Paris on Thursday (19Dec13). The body of Kate Barry, singer/actress Birkin's daughter with composer John Barry, was found outside her apartment block in the French capital last week (11Dec13).
It is believed the photographer took her own life by jumping from her fourth floor balcony.
A memorial service was held at Paris' Eglise Saint Roch church, with her famous mother and actress half-sister Charlotte Gainsbourg leading the mourners.
Deneuve, a longtime family friend, was in attendance and carried a reef of white flowers into the church, while former French President Nicolas Sarkozy's singer wife Carla hid her tears behind sunglasses.
The congregation then moved to the Montparnasse Cemetery, where the body was laid to rest.
Barry's father, who was the longtime Bond music composer, died in 2011.
Singer/actress Vanessa Paradis has moved on from her split from Johnny Depp by reportedly embarking on a new romance with French pop star Benjamin Biolay. The 40 year old was spotted enjoying a cosy break with Biolay on the French island of Corsica earlier this month (Dec13).
A source tells the New York Post's Page Six column, "They clearly wanted to be alone. They spent all their time at the hotel, moving only with three bodyguards and in a car with heavily tinted windows."
The pair was allegedly introduced to one another by Chanel design icon Karl Lagerfeld, who counts Paradis as one of his fashion muses.
Paradis' 14-year relationship with Depp broke down last year (12) and the Hollywood hunk has since gone public with his new girlfriend, his The Rum Diary co-star Amber Heard. The former couple shares two children together - daughter Lily-Rose, 14, and son Jack, 11.
Biolay was previously falsely linked to France's former First Lady Carla Bruni, and he was awarded damages over the affair allegations from TV network bosses in 2010.
France's former First Lady Carla Bruni was left shaken after a suspected stalker sneaked into her holiday home last week (ends11Aug13). The model/singer is currently on vacation at her luxury villa in Cap Negre on the French Riviera, and an unnamed man slipped past security guards and entered the property.
Bruni, who is married to former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, was at the home with the couple's 22-month-old daughter Giulia at the time, but the man was stopped by staff before reaching her.
Sarkozy is adamant the incident proves his large security detail, which has raised eyebrows among taxpayers in the country, is necessary to keep his family safe.
A spokesman for the politician says, "(The man) would have been able to get to Mrs. Sarkozy and her child, but luckily he was stopped in time."
The man, believed to be from Germany, was removed from the property but is not thought to have been arrested.
France's former First Lady Carla Bruni has signed on to front jewellery company Bulgari's latest campaign. The former model, who stood by her husband Nicolas Sarkozy's side while he was the nation's President from 2007 to 2012, has not modelled for many years, choosing instead to focus on reviving her music career since her husband left office.
However, Bruni will now model a sequence of watches, cuffs and necklaces and other Bulgari accessories in what will be her first assignment for several years.
Her fourth album was released earlier this year (13) and Bruni admitted she had wanted to wait until her husband had left office before releasing the record.
Former Eurythmics star Dave Stewart is set to show off his photography talents at a major new Los Angeles exhibition. The rocker's Jumpin' Jack Flash & The Suicide Blonde show will open at the Morrison Hotel Gallery, housed at the Sunset Marquis Hotel, next week (12Jul13).
It will feature portraits of Demi Moore, Carla Bruni, Bjork, Sir Mick Jagger and Sinead O'Connor, mostly taken in Stewart's home.
He says, "These portraits were mostly taken in my apartment. I don't know how or why these shoots came together - usually it was just part of a continuing conversation or a spur of the moment thing. I'm always taking photos or filming stuff for no reason other than to document what is going on around me. It's a kind of re-assurance to myself that these things did actually happen."
<p>A constant fixture in the tabloids thanks to her high-profile relationships with various rock stars, Carla Bruni undeniably brought a touch of showbiz into the world of politics when she married French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Far from the archetypal First Lady, Bruni was a muse and inspiration for a number of iconic fashion houses during the peak of the supermodel era and regularly earned seven-figure annual salaries before quitting the industry in the late '90s. But she proved that she was more than just a pretty face when she reinvented herself as a purveyor of folk chansons, scoring a trio of chart-topping albums in her adopted homeland, while her eventful career also took detours into Hollywood, charity work and various humanitarian causes.</p><p>An heiress to the fortune created by her grandfather's Italian tire manufacturing company, Bruni was born to concert pianist mother Marisa Borini and classical composer father Alberto Bruni Tedeschi in Turin, Italy in 1967. (Bruni only discovered at the age of 28 that her biological father was in fact grocery magnate Maurizio Remmert.) After moving to France with her family eight years later, reportedly to escape the threat of kidnapping from Marxist-Leninist revolutionaries Red Brigades, she attended a Swiss boarding school and briefly studied art and architecture at Paris' College de Sorbonne before leaving to pursue a modeling career aged 19.</p><p>After signing to the City Models agency, Bruni landed her first major gig when she fronted a campaign for Guess? jeans and subsequently went onto work for the likes of Versace, Christian Dior, Paco Rabanne, Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel, becoming one of the 20 highest-paid fashion models in the process. Dalliances with Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton, both of which were played out in the press, also her saw her develop a reputation as something of a man-eater. But stifled by the industry's lack of creativity, she gave up her modelling career in 1997 in order to focus on her musical ambitions.</p><p>Bruni first displayed her talents two years later when she co-wrote six tracks on French balladeer Julien Clerc's <i>Si j'etais elle</i>. Inspired by Serge Gainsbourg and Joni Mitchell, she then launched her solo career in 2002 with debut album <i>Quelqu'un m'a dit</i>, a critically-acclaimed blend of intimate folk songs and chanson Francaise which hit the number one spot in France and later played a prominent part in Hans Canosa's comedy drama "Conversations With Other Women" (2005). Bruni then reunited with its producer Louis Bertignac in 2005 to co-write ten tracks and perform two duets on his long-awaited third studio effort, <i>Longtemps.</i></p><p>In 2007, Bruni ventured into the English-language market with <i>No Promises</i>, a collection of songs adapted from various deceased poets including W.H. Auden, Emily Dickinson and W.B. Yeats. In the same year, she met recently divorced French President Nicolas Sarkozy and four months later, the pair married at Paris' Elysee Palace. In her role as First Lady, Bruni accompanied Sarkozy on several state visits, became a world ambassador for the protection of mothers and children against HIV and launched a foundation to promote access to culture and knowledge for all.</p><p>But Bruni continued to maintain a presence in the music industry, releasing the country-tinged <i>Comme si de rien n'etait</i> in 2008, and performing at New York City's Radio Music Hall for Nelson Mandela's 91st birthday celebrations. Having previously played herself in Robert Altman's Fashion Week satire "Pret-a-Porter" (1994) and French comedy "Paparazzi" (1998), Bruno made her acting debut as a museum guide in Woody Allen's time-travel romance, "Midnight In Paris" (2011).</p><p>After Sarkozy failed to win re-election in 2012, Bruni returned to the studio for <i>Little French Songs</i>, a highly personal affair which featured memories of her affair with Mick Jagger ("Chez Keith et Anita") a dedication to her husband ("Mon Raymond") and a thinly-veiled attack on his successor Francois Hollande ("Le pingouin"). After embarking on her first-ever U.S. tour, Bruni also made a surprise modelling comeback when she was chosen to be the face of jeweler Bulgari's Diva collection campaign.</p>
Born Oct. 19, 2011 in Paris, France; father, Nicolas Sarkozy; first child born to a ruling French leader since Napoleon
A nude photograph of Bruni, taken during her modelling career in 1993, sold at auction for $91,000 - more than 60 times the expected price - in 2008.
Bruni's affair with philosophy professor Rapheal Enthoven and the subsequent breakdown of his marriage to novelist Justine Levy inspired the best-selling book Rien de Grave.
Bruni was awarded France's Knight of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2003 and Spain's Grand Cross of the Order of Charles III in 2009.
Bruni was the flag bearer of Italy's delegation at the Turin 2006: XX Olympic Winter Games.
"I like that there's something double about the inside life and the outside life. I've been in the media since I'm 20 years old ... I feel there's this girl called Carla Bruni who's not at all exactly like me. But I do believe that the real person comes out. I believe that people see the truth." Bruni quoted on The Huffington Post, June 28, 2013.