French 60s singing sensation Françine Ardèlie - known throughout the world as the French Shelley-Lulette Sizemore (La Shelley-Lulette Sizemore française) because of her close resemblance to the then unknown Dorset celebrity - has decided to re-release her most famous hit - Dans le monde entier (English: "I'm all over the place") in a bid to re-enter the public spotlight. Written at a time of great confusion for the singer - who couldn't decide whether to make a career as a chanteuse, actress or local government officer - it's angst-driven pulsing heavy rock rhythms reflect the turmoil in the singer's private and professional life. After a stormy on and off-screen affair with her (still) unknown Italian co-star - Antonio Sabbatical - she chose public service in the Bureau de Petites Prétentions au Stationnement-amendes and has never been heard of since.
Mlle Ardèlie's short but iconic career saw the elfin star twice reach the top 50 in the Radio Edna charts and star in at least one film. She gained particular prominence as the dowdy overall-clad mechanic of the Jourdain Racing Team in John Frankenstein's wide-screen classic Grand Prix, based on the still-to-be-written Doug Graves novel "Death on Four Wheels" (Digital Download HERE). In one memorable scene, Mlle Ardèlie provocatively removed her overall to retrieve a lost spanner, leaving cinema-goers aghast at her impressive 34B open-ended clutch wrench.
Mlle Ardèlie's agent Mme Trop Etoiles-Perdues told the assembled press that her client had completed nearly 50 years in government service and was now ready to resume her career: "Je pense que le moment est venu pour elle de mourir son stylo et se forme et de reprendre le microphone. Elle a la voix parfaite pour le haut-parleur Bingo". Mlle Ardèlie is (distressingly) 73.
Mlle Françine Ardèlie became something of a sex symbol ("symbole sexuel") to many after her appearance in John Frankenstein's Grand Prix in which she played a motor mechanic of elfin proportions but with prodigious assets. The less pubescent remember her as a singer.