Jane Birkin

Biography

Jane Mallory Birkin, OBE (born 14 December 1946) is an English actress and singer who lives in France. In recent years she has written her own album, directed a film and become an outspoken proponent of democracy in Burma. 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. Career Birkin emerged in the Swinging London scene of the 1960s, appearing briefly in the 1966 film Blowup, and as the fantasy-like model in the psychedelic Wonderwall from 1968. That same year, she auditioned in France for the lead female role in Slogan. 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. She took a break from acting in 1971–72, but returned as Brigitte Bardot's lover in Don Juan, or If Don Juan Were a Woman in 1973. 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 appeared in the Agatha Christie films Death on the Nile (1978) and Evil Under the Sun (1982), and recorded several albums, including Baby Alone in Babylone, Amours des Feintes, Lolita Go Home and Rendez-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 in La fille prodigue (1981) and as Alma in La pirate (1984, nominated for a César Award). This work led to an invitation from Patrice Chéreau to star on stage in La Fausse suivante by Marivaux at Nanterre. In 1980 she worked with director Herbert Vesely on Egon Schiele Exzess und Bestrafung, appearing as the mistress of Austrian artist Egon Schiele, played by Mathieu Carrière. Jacques Rivette collaborated with her in Love on the Ground (1983) and La Belle Noiseuse (1991, Nominated Césars best supporting actress). She appeared in Merchant Ivory's A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (1998, also used her song "Di Doo Dah") and Merci Docteur Rey (2002), while Le Divorce's end title song featured her singing "L'Anamour", composed by Gainsbourg. In 2006, she played the title role in Elektra, directed by Philippe Calvario in France. Personal life Birkin was married from 1965-68 to John Barry, the English composer who wrote the musical score to the James Bond movies. Their daughter, photographer Kate Barry, was born on 8 April 1967. The marriage ended in 1968. She had a passionate and creative relationship with her mentor Serge Gainsbourg, whom she met on the set of Slogan in 1968, a relationship that lasted 13 years. They never married, despite rumours and misreporting to the contrary. In 1971 they had a daughter, the actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg. They separated in 1980. On 4 September 1982 she gave birth to her third daughter, Lou Doillon, from her relationship with the director Jacques Doillon They separated in the 1990s. The Observer reported 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. Awards/honours In 2001, Birkin was awarded the OBE. She has also been awarded the French Ordre National du Mérite. She won the "Best Actress" award at the 1985 Venice Film Festival for her performance in the film Dust. Filmography The Knack …and How to Get It (1966) – Girl on Motorbike (uncredited) Blow Up (1966) – The Blonde Kaleidoscope (1966) – Exquisite Thing Wonderwall (1968) – Penny Lane Slogan (1969) – Évelyne The Pleasure Pit (1969) – Jane La Piscine (1969) – Penelope Trop petit mon ami (1970) – Christine Mars / Christine Devone Sex Power (1970) – Jane Alba pagana (1970) – Flora Cannabis (1970) – Jane Swenson 19 djevojaka i Mornar (1971) – Milja Romance of a Horsethief (1971) – Naomi Trop jolies pour être honnêtes (1972) – Christine Dark Places (1973) – Alta Don Juan, ou Si Don Juan était une femme... (1973) – Clara Seven Dead in the Cat's Eye (1973) – Corringa Projection privée (1973) – Kate/Hélène Le Mouton enragé (1974) – Marie-Paule Comment réussir quand on est con et pleurnichard (1974) – Jane Lucky Pierre (1974) – Jackie Logan Serious as Pleasure (1975) – Ariane Berg La Course à l'échalote (1975) – Janet Catherine & Co. (1975) – Catherine Bestial Quartet (1975) – Jane Berg Burnt by a Scalding Passion (1976) – Virginia Vismara Je t'aime moi non plus (1976) – Johnny Jane The Devil in the Heart (1976) – Linda Madame Claude (1977) – singer (theme song "Yesterday Yes a Day") L'Animal (1977) – The Female Star Good-bye, Emmanuelle (1977) – as Singer (theme song) Death on the Nile (1978) – Louise Bourget Au bout du bout du banc (1979) – Peggy Melancholy Baby (1979) – Olga La miel (1979) – Inés Egon Schiele Exzess und Bestrafung (1980) – Wally The Prodigal Daughter (1981, by Jacques Doillon) – Anne Rends-moi la clé ! (1981) – Catherine Evil Under the Sun (1982) – Christine Redfern Nestor Burma, Détective de choc (1982) – Hélène Chatelain Circulez, y'a rien à voir ! (1983, by Patrice Leconte) – Hélène Duvernet L'Ami de Vincent (1983) – Marie-Pierre Le Garde du corps (1984) – Barbara Penning La Pirate (1984, by Jacques Doillon) – Alma Love on the Ground (1984, by Jacques Rivette) – Emily Leave All Fair (1985) – Katherine Mansfield Dust (1985) – Magda Beethoven's Nephew (1985) – Johanna La Femme de ma vie (1986) – Laura Kung-Fu master (1987, by Agnès Varda) – Mary–Jane Jane B. par Agnès V. (1988, by Agnès Varda) – Calamity Jane / Claude Jade / Jeanne d'Arc Soigne ta droite (1987) – La cigale Comédie ! (1987, by Jacques Doillon) – Elle / also singer (theme song) Daddy Nostalgie (1990) – Caroline / also singer (end title "These Foolish Things") Contre l'oubli (1991, segment "Pour Maria Nonna Santa Clara, Philippine") – Director and narrator La Belle Noiseuse (1991) – Liz La Belle Noiseuse: Divertimento (1991) – Liz Oh pardon ! Tu dormais... (1992, TV) – as Director and writer 3000 scénarios contre un virus (1994) – as Director (segment "Je t'aime, moi non plus") Les cent et une nuits (1995) – Celle qui dit radin Black for Remembrance (1995) – Caroline Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (1995) – The Woman (voice) On connaît la chanson (1997) – Jane (she sang her song "Quoi") A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (1998) – Mrs. Fortescue The Last September (1999) – Francie Montmorency This Is My Body (2001) – Louise Vernet A Hell of a Day (2001) – Jane Merci Docteur Rey (2002) – Pénélope The Very Merry Widows (2003) – Renée Le Divorce (2003) – singer (end title "L'Anamour") L'ex-femme de ma vie (2004) – singer (theme song "Parlez-moi d'amour") La tête de maman (2007) Boxes (2007) - Anna (directorial debut) 36 Views from the Pic Saint-Loup (2009) – Kate Thelma, Louise et Chantal (2010) ------------ from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Birkin ------------

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Death on the Nile

Louise Bourget

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Seven Deaths in the Cat's Eye

Corringa

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La Belle Noiseuse

Liz

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I Love You, I Don't

Johnny

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Der lange Blonde mit den roten Haaren

Jackie Logan

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Kung-Fu Master!

Mary-Jane

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Jane B. for Agnes V.

Calamity Jane / Claude Jade / Joan Arc

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Vigyázz jobbról! – egy mennyei hely a földön

La cigale (as Mademoiselle Birkin)

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Wonderwall

Penny Lane

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Seven Deaths by Prescription

Jane Berg

Starring In
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Jane by Charlotte

Self

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Gainsbourg, toute une vie

Self

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The French Minister

Molly Hutchinson

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Nobody's Daughter Haewon

Self

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Twice Born

Psicologa

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Thelma, Louise et Chantal

Nelly

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36 vues du Pic Saint Loup

Kate

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The Beaches Of Agnes

Herself / La croupière

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La tête de maman

Jane

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The Agatha Christie Code

Christine Redfern (archive footage)

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The Very Merry Widows

Renée

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Reines d'un jour

Jane

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Cinderella

Mab

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The Last September

Francie Montmorency

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Die Zeit der Jugend

Mrs. Fortescue

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On connaît la chanson

Jane

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One Hundred and One Nights

Celle qui dit radin

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Noir comme le souvenir

Caroline

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La Belle Noiseuse

Liz

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Daddy Nostalgia

Caroline

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Kung-Fu Master!

Mary-Jane

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Jane B. for Agnes V.

Calamity Jane / Claude Jade / Joan Arc

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Vigyázz jobbról! – egy mennyei hely a földön

La cigale (as Mademoiselle Birkin)

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La femme de ma vie

Laura

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Dust

Magda

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Love on the Ground

Emily

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Le garde du corps

Barbara Penning

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La Pirate

Alma

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L'ami de Vincent

Marie-Pierre

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Move Along, There is Nothing to See

Hélène Duvernet

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Evil under the Sun

Christine Redfern

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Famous T & A

Clara (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Nestor Burma, détective de choc

Hélène Chatelain

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La Fille Prodigue

Anne

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Egon Schiele - Exzesse

Wally

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Death on the Nile

Louise Bourget

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Stuntwoman

La vedette féminine

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I Love You, I Don't

Johnny

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Der Tolpatsch mit dem sechsten Sinn

Janet

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Seven Deaths by Prescription

Jane Berg

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Love at the Top

Marie-Paule

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Comment Réussir... Quand on est con et Pleurnichard

Jane

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Dark Places

Alta

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Der lange Blonde mit den roten Haaren

Jackie Logan

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Private Screening

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Don Juan (Or If Don Juan Were a Woman)

Clara

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Seven Deaths in the Cat's Eye

Corringa

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The Powder Puff Gang

Christine

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The Rage of War

Milja

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Il Romanzo di un Ladro di Cavalli

Naomi

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Cannabis

Jane Swenson

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May Morning

Flora Finlake

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La Piscine

Penelope

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Slogan

Evelyne Nicholson

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Wonderwall

Penny Lane

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Blow-Up

The Blonde

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The Knack ...and How to Get It

Girl on Motorbike (uncredited)

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