Jane Birkin

born 14 December 1946

Jane Mallory Birkin, OBE (born 14 December 1946)is an English actress and singer who lives in France. She is perhaps best known for her relationship with Serge Gainsbourg in the 1970s. In recent years she has written her own album, directed a film and become an outspoken proponent of democracy in Burma.

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 Jane Birkin's Early life

Jane Mallory Birkin was born on 14 December 1946, in Marylebone , London . Her mother, Judy Campbell , was an English actress, best known for her work on stage. Her father, David Birkin, was a Royal Navy lieutenant-commander and World War II spy . Her brother is the screenwriter and director Andrew Birkin . She was educated at Upper Chine School, Isle of Wight .

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 Jane Birkin's Career

Birkin emerged in the Swinging London scene of the 1960s, appearing briefly in the 1966 filmBlowup, and as the fantasy-like model in the psychedelicWonderwallfrom 1968. That same year, she auditioned in France for the lead female role inSlogan. Though she did not speak French, she won the role. She co-starred with Serge Gainsbourg , and performed with him on the film's theme song, "La chanson de slogan" — the first of many collaborations between the two. In 1969, she and Gainsbourg released the duet " Je t'aime... moi non plus " ("I love you... me neither"). Gainsbourg originally wrote the song for Brigitte Bardot . The song caused a scandal for its sexual explicitness, and was banned by radio stations in Italy, Spain, and the UK.

, portraying the Lolita -like protagonist in song and on the cover.

In 1975, she appeared in Gainsbourg's first film,Je t'aime... moi non plus, which created a stir for frank examination of sexual ambiguity. For this performance she was nominated for a Best Actress César Award .

Birkin in 1985

(1978) andEvil Under the Sun(1982), and recorded several albums, includingBaby Alone in Babylone,Amours des Feintes,Lolita Go HomeandRendez-vous. She won Female Artist of the Year in the 1992 Victoires de la Musique .She starred in two films directed by Jacques Doillon – as Anne inLa fille prodigue(1981) and as Alma inLa pirate(1984, nominated for a César Award). This work led to an invitation from Patrice Chéreau to star on stage inLa Fausse suivanteby Marivaux at Nanterre . She worked with director Herbert Vesely onEgon Schiele Exzess und Bestrafungin 1980, appearing as the mistress of Austrian artist Egon Schiele , played by Mathieu Carrière . Jacques Rivette collaborated with her inLove on the Ground(1983) andLa Belle Noiseuse(1991, Nominated Césars best supporting actress). She appeared in Merchant Ivory 'sA Soldier's Daughter Never Cries(1998, also used her song "Di Doo Dah") andMerci Docteur Rey(2002), whileLe Divorce's end title song featured her singing "L'Anamour", composed by Gainsbourg. In 2006, she played the title role inElektra, directed by Philippe Calvario in France.

.The cover art ofHave You Fed the Fish?by singer-songwriter Badly Drawn Boy features her image. The album features her daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg on backing vocals.In 2010 she recorded a duet with Brazilian singer Sérgio Dias for a project by Dias and French band Tahiti Boy and the Palmtree Family .

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 Jane Birkin's Affiliations

Birkin's humanitarian interests led her to work with Amnesty International on immigrant welfare and AIDS issues. She has visited Bosnia, Rwanda, Palestine and Israel.

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 Jane Birkin's Personal life

Birkin with her second daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg in 2010

Their daughter, photographer Kate Barry, was born on 8 April 1967.The marriage ended in 1968.

In 1971 they had a daughter, the actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg . They separated in 1980.

They separated in the 1990s.The Observerreported in 2007 that Doillon "could not compete with her grief for Gainsbourg" (who died in 1991), and that she had lived alone since their separation.

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 Jane Birkin's Discography

Studio albums
Live albums
  • 1987 –Jane Birkin auBataclan
  • 1992 –Integral au Casino de Paris
  • 1996 –Integral a l'Olympia
  • 2002 –Arabesque
  • 2009 –au palace (live)

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 Jane Birkin's Selected filmography

YearTitleRoleDirector
1965 The Knack ...and How to Get It a girl on a motorbike (uncredited) Richard Lester
1966 Kaleidoscope Exquisite Thing Jack Smight
Blowup a young blonde Michelangelo Antonioni
1968 Wonderwall Penny Lane Joe Massot
1969 La Piscine Penelope Jacques Deray
1970 Cannabis Jane Swenson Pierre Koralnik
1972 Trop jolies pour être honnêtes Christine Richard Balducci
1973 Dark Places Alta Don Sharp
Don Juan, or If Don Juan Were a Woman Clara Roger Vadim
1974 How to Do Well When You are a Jerk and a Crybaby Jane Michel Audiard
Serious as Pleasure Ariane Berg Robert Benayoun
1975 Sept morts sur ordonnance Jane Berg Jacques Rouffio
1976 Je t'aime moi non plus Johnny Serge Gainsbourg
1977 L'Animal the female film star Claude Zidi
1978 Death on the Nile Louise Bourget John Guillermin
1981 Egon Schiele – Excess and Punishment Wally Herbert Vesely
1982 Evil Under the Sun Christine Redfern Guy Hamilton
1983 Love on the Ground Emily Jacques Rivette
1984 The Pirate Alma Jacques Doillon
1985 Dust Magda Marion Hänsel
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea Nikos' former love" (voice) Marion Hänsel
1987 Kung-Fu Master Mary-Jane Agnès Varda
Keep Your Right Up the fun-loving woman Jean-Luc Godard
1990 Daddy Nostalgie Caroline Bertrand Tavernier
1991 La Belle Noiseuse Liz Jacques Rivette
1995 One Hundred and One Nights Madame Radin Agnès Varda
1997 Same Old Song Jane Alain Resnais
1998 A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries Mrs Fortescue James Ivory
1999 The Last September Francie Montmorency Deborah Warner
2002 Merci Docteur Rey Pénélope Andrew Litvack
2003 Le Divorce singer (end title) James Ivory
2006 Boxes Anna Jane Birkin herself
2009 36 Views from the Pic Saint-Loup Kate Jacques Rivette

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 Jane Birkin's References

  1. Profile at Allmusic.com
  2. "Serge Gainsbourg - Histoire De Melody Nelson - On Second Thought". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  3. "Bag lady: Victoria Beckham's 100-Strong Birkin Bag Collection That's Worth £1.5m". The Daily Mail (UK). 20 May 2009. Retrieved 19 October 2010. 
  4. "In the Bag". Time magazine. 17 April 2007. Retrieved 19 October 2010. 
  5. "The Birkin Rules". UK. 5 September 2006. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  6. "Jane Birkin". RFI Music. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  7. Brophy, Gwenda (15 February 2009). "Time and place: Jane Birkin". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  8. Auld, Tim (13 February 2009). "Jane Birkin: marching to her own tune". The Telegraph. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  9. Robinson, Lisa (November 2007). "The Secret World of Serge Gainsbourg". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 3 September 2011. "Contrary to rumors, Jane and Serge never did marry. "He said in France I'd need to be fingerprinted and have a blood sample", Jane says, "and I was slightly offended and said, 'What on earth for?' I also had a secret fear that marriage changed things, and so, in fact, we weren't."" 
  10. McKie, Andrew (25 February 2011). "Death Is Not the End". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 26 September 2011. "Serge Gainsbourg and actress Jane Birkin often referred to each other as husband and wife, but in fact they were never married, according to Ms. Birkin's agent. An earlier version of this article incorrectly referred to Ms. Birkin twice as Gainsbourg's third wife" 
  11. Adams, William Lee (26 January 2010). "French Chanteuse Charlotte Gainsbourg". Time. Retrieved 26 September 2011. "My parents weren't married so I don't have an ideal image of marriage that I'm hoping for." 
  12. Barlow, Helen (9 June 2007). "A bit twisted". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  13. "Lou Doillon". Elle.fr (in French). Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  14. Adams, Tim (28 October 2007). "A charmed life". The Observer. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 

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