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THE MULTIMEDIA DIVA

In addition to her career as a Luv' singer, Patty Brard has found her salvation in television as a successful host. Since 1982, as a real trouper, she has presented a string of TV shows (Bananasplit, San Remo Festival, Big Brother, Patty's Posse, Shownieuws...). The Dutch Celebrity Gossip magazines have paid attention to her ups and downs for 30 years.

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I) The LUV' Years
 

Patty Brard (born Petula Louise Brard in Sorong, New Guinea on March 25th 1955) was recruited by Hans van Hemert to be part of Luv' in 1976. She was chosen because of her "exotic" charm. She travelled the whole world with Marga and José and scored hit after hit three years in a row. In 1980, Patty suddenly left the group and was replaced by Ria Thielsch. The original Luv' trio reunited several times (in 1985, in 1988, in 1993-1994 and in 2005-present).

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Since February 2007, Patty Brard has hosted Shownieuws

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Patty & Uri Geller in 2008.

II) TV Career

Since 1982, Patty has hosted a lot of TV shows (Banana Split, Gaat Met Die Banaan, Brard Gaat Extreem, Onder de B Van Brard, Hart Van De Stad, ...).

In 1985, she presented with Pippo Baudo (a famous Italian TV host) the notorious San Remo Festival on RAI Uno. The next years, other international celebrities co-hosted this famous programme: Brigitte Nielsen (in 1992), Eva Herzigova (in 1998), Laetitia Casta (in 1999), Luciano Pavarotti (in 2000) and Rafaella Carrà (in 2001).

In the first semester of 2001, in her TV show Absolutely Patty on Yorin, she interviewed VIP's in her house. Several months later, she hosted the third Dutch edition of Big Brother.

Two years later, inspired by the success of The Osbournes on MTV, a reality TV programme (Patty's Posse) featured her domestic life, her friends and family (Priscilla, her daughter and René, her third husband).

In the autumn of 2004, she was filmed with other celebrities (among them, Marga, her Luv' colleague) as they were having a health cure in Ibiza.

On March 25th. 1955, she celebrated her 50th birthday. That's why a special TV programme (Pat's Life), in which she met the most important persons in her life, was prepared.

Then, she helped desperated candidates to solve their love problems on Lieve Patty on RTL 5.

In 2006, the docusoap Back In Luv' showed Luv's reunion. Soon after, the RTL Group got rid of her.

Her funny performance in Sterren Dansen Op Het Ijs (the Dutch version of Skating With Celebrities) as she did the splits in January 2007 was a heavily covered media event and saved her career.  

Since February 2007, she has hosted Shownieuws (an entertainment news show) on SBS 6.

In 2008, she was a regular guest on the first season of SBS 6's "De Nieuwe Uri Geller" (the search for the next great mentalist). The next year, Patty co-hosted this high rated paranormal talent show with Tooske Ragas.

In addition to that, Brard was team captain on the game show "Wie Ben Ik?" with Gerard Joling (the 2008 season was great and the next season lost a large part of its audience).

 

In 2009, she is judge on K2 zoekt K3, a talent show whose aim is to recruit the new member of Flemish girl group K3. She has recently extended her deal with SBS 6 through 2011.

 

The diva has often been invited in successful TV shows (Mooi! Weer de Leeuw, Jensen!,  Ranking The Stars,...). 

 

List of Patty's TV shows

 

Bananasplit (Tros, 1982)
Sanremo Festival (RAI Uno, 1985)
Bingo
(1986, Belgium)
Gaan met die banaan
(RTL-Veronique, 1989)
Hart van de stad
(RTL 4, 1994)
Brard gaat extreem
(RTL 5, 1994)
Onder de B van Brard
(RTL 5, 1995)
Brard gaat extreem
(Veronica, 1997-1998)
Brard
(Veronica, 1997-1998)
Veronica Goes Gay
(Veronica, 1998)
Patty (Veronica, 1999)
Patty gaat extreem (Veronica, 1999)
Absolutely Patty (Veronica, 2000-2001)
Big Brother-The Battle (Yorin, 2001)
Patty's Posse (Yorin, 2003-2004)
Patty's Fort
(Yorin, 2004)
Pat's Life (Yorin, 2005)
Lieve Patty (RTL 5, 2005)
Back In Luv' (RTL 5 et VTM (Belgium), 2006)
Shownieuws
(SBS 6, 2007-present)

De Nieuwe Uri Geller (SBS 6, 2008: regular guest; 2009: presenter)

Wie Ben Ik? (SBS 6, 2008-2009: team captain)

K2 Zoekt K3 (SBS 6, 2009: judge)

 

III) Patty's musical solo career and duets.

 

In 1981, Patty was the first Luv' member to go solo. At that time, she dated Carlo Nasi (a rich Los Angeles-based Italian music producer who is a heir and descendant of the FIAT 's founder).  Patty and Carlo lived in Los Angeles, got married in 1983 and had a daughter (Priscilla).

 

The diva recorded in the 1980's three albums (All This Way, You're In The Pocket and Red Light) in the best studios of L.A. Thanks to Nasi's wealth, she could afford the "crême de la crême" of the session musicians. Among them:

 

*Billy Preston (singer/keyboard player).

In addition to his successful Grammy-winning career as a solo artist, Preston collaborated with some of the greatest names in the music industry, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Little Richard, Ray Charles, George Harrisson, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Sam Cooke, Sammy Davis Jr., Sly Stone, Aretha Franklin, the Jackson 5, Quincy Jones and Red Hot Chili Peppers. He played the electric piano on the Get Back sessions in 1969 and is one of several people sometimes credited as the "Fifth Beatle".

 

* Paulinho Da Costa (Brazilian percussionist).

His name appeared on numerous top-selling records, including works by Quincy Jones, jazz veterans Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis, and pop superstars Madonna (on her "La Isla Bonita" single), Lionel Ritchie (on his "All Night Long" single), Sting and Michael Jackson (on his "Thriller" album).

 

* Jai Winding (piano/keyboard player).

He worked with Madonna (on her Blond Ambition World Tour and her Girlie Show), Michael Jackson, Donna Summer....

 

* Paul Jackson, Jr. (guitarist).

This recording artist is a highly accomplished L.A. session player with a career spanning multiple decades and playing on projects from Michael Jackson's Thriller and Bad to numerous recordings by artists from Whitney Houston, Thomas Anders and Patti LaBelle to rockers like Chicago to jazz greats such as Dave Koz, Al Jarreau, David Benoit, Marcus Miller and Kirk Whalum. Jackson can be seen playing guitar in a wide variety of styles on American Idol.

 

Despite the participation of the above-mentionned artists, Patty's American recordings were not as succesful as the Luv' ones (except the Hold On To Love single which was a Top 20 hit in Holland, a Top 10 single in Belgium and which peaked at #12 in South Africa).

 

Moreover, Patty is used to record duets:

 

* in 1986, she performed a ballad (Tender Love), released as a single, with Eddie Kendricks (of the Motown vocal group The Temptations).

* in 2000, she sang a track with Def Rhymz, a Dutch rapper.

* in 2004, she recorded a single (Huilen Is Voor Jou Te Laat) with Jacques Herb which was a minor hit on the Dutch charts (#64 in the Mega Top 100).

* in 2005, the song That's Life with her then lover Derick was the theme from her TV programme Pat's Life.

* in 2006, her Après Ski/Carnival song "Ik Wil Knallen" with humorist Ome Henk became a Dutch Top 5 hit.  

In 1997, when the Spice Girls craze reached its peak, Patty recuited five young women to form a female pop group (Patty Cash) that had a short-lived existence. Hans van Hemert did the production on the quintet's recordings.

The same year, she was part of a Dutch All-Stars Choir which performed a parodic version of We Are The World (BNers Voor BN: Hij Gaat Voor C!) that reached the 3rd position on the Top 40.

Six years later, inspired by her experience with Luv', she formed her own girl group (Enuv') with two background singers of René Froger known as "De Frogettes": Anouskha de Wolff and Marian van Noort. The trio disbanded rapidly. 

Singles charts (peak position) :

 

Singles

Dutch Top 40

Nationale Hitparade/ Singles Top 100

Belgium

(BRT Top 30)

South Africa

Hold On To Love (1981)

#19

#14

#4

#12

Red Light (1986)

-

#48

-

-

Hij Gaat Voor C! (BNers Voor BNN,1997)

#3

#3

-

-

Huilen Is Voor Jou Te Laat

(with Jacques Herb, 2004)

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#64

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Ik Wil Knallen (with Ome Henk,2006)

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#5

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Discography:
Click below to download the PDF file about Patty's official discography:

click here to download file

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Patty Brard on Dutch Playboy Cover, January 1988

IV) Career in other media

* Radio:

In 1996, Patty hosted Radio Romantica (in which she gave the listeners advices on their love problems) on Veronica FM. In 2003-2004, she worked on a weekend programme on NoordZee FM.

* Playboy:

She was the cover girl of the January 1988 issue of the Dutch edition of Playboy (featuring 20 pages of nude photographs of the beautiful Indo-Dutch entertainer). These pictures can easily be found on internet. To pose nude for the "most famous men's magazine in the world" maintained her position as a real BNer ("Bekende Nederlander" = "Dutch famous people", an expression often used by the media in Holland).

* Columnist and interviewer:

In 2005-2006, she wrote a weekly column in Weekend (a celebrity gossip magazine) about her career and her opinion about show business. In August 2007, she was the temporary correspondent of Privé (another gossip mag) in which she told her holidays in Ibiza where she has a villa. She currently interviews female stars for the glossy publication "Beau Monde".

* Acting:

The diva appeared in three films: Odysée d'Amour (1987), Costa! (in 2001), Spion van Oranje (2009, besides the comedian and TV presenter Paul de Leeuw). She also played roles in TV series: Pittige Tijden (a parody of Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden, the most popular Dutch soap opera, in 1997) and Costa! (the series based on the movie in 2001).

* Advertisements:

Because of her popularity, she appeared in TV commercials and newspaper ads: 

  • in 1984 for the Coebergh spirits.  
  • in the 1980's for American Love (a romance novel publishing company)        
  • in 2001 for the Sun tablets (dishwasher products)  
  • in 2003 for the Dutch subsidiary of debitel, a mobile services provider            
  • in 2003 for chello, an internet provider (in which she played the role of an Idols candidate).
  • in 2006 for Media Markt (a chain of stores selling consumer electronics)

V) Personal Life

Patty's current lover is Antoine van de Vijver, an architect with whom she has planned to get married.

* Her husbands:

  • 1979-1980: her first hubby, Ron Brandsteder, is a famous TV host.      
  • 1983-1988: Carlo Nasi, a rich Italian music producer. He is one of the heirs and descendants of the FIAT's founder. He is the father of her daughter (Priscilla) and produced Patty's records in the 1980's.          
  • 1999-2004: René Muthert is a singer and guitarist who appeared in Patty's Posse.

* Among her lovers:

  • Pepe Lienhard (a Swiss TV host and famous orchestra conductor).     
  • Eric Peute (a business man and publisher).     
  • Hans van Hemert (Luv's producer)                          
  • Derick (with whom she recorded the theme of her TV docusoap Pat's Life).

* Patty's bankruptcy in 1993

Due to the failure of Hello/Brard (a magazine she had published with Eric Peute since late 1992), she went bankrupt in December 1993. She had to sell all her possessions. It took years to recover.

* Biography

Pieter Ploeg, a journalist, wrote her bio (De Naakte Waarheid, (which means "The Naked Truth" in Dutch and came out in 2003).