Jane Birkin


Actor

About

Birth Place
London, England, GB
Born
December 14, 1946

Biography

Landed several lightweight movie roles in the 1960s, when her looks seemed to symbolize the swinging spirit of the times (she played one of the nude models in Antonioni's 1966 "Blow-Up") and subsequently resurfaced as a respected talent in France. Birkin was the subject of a documentary by Agnes Varda, "Jane B. par Agnes V." (1988) and gave an affecting performance opposite Dirk Bogarde ...

Family & Companions

John Barry
Husband
Composer. Met when Birkin appeared in his musical, "Passion Flower Hotel", at age 18; married in 1966; divorced in 1968.
Serge Gainsbourg
Companion
Composer, director, actor. Met during filming of French film "Slogan"; together from 1968 to 1980; died on March 2, 1991 at age 62.
Jacques Doillon
Companion
Director. Began relationship in 1980; no longer together.

Notes

Appointed to the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in June 2001.

Biography

Landed several lightweight movie roles in the 1960s, when her looks seemed to symbolize the swinging spirit of the times (she played one of the nude models in Antonioni's 1966 "Blow-Up") and subsequently resurfaced as a respected talent in France. Birkin was the subject of a documentary by Agnes Varda, "Jane B. par Agnes V." (1988) and gave an affecting performance opposite Dirk Bogarde in Bertrand Tavernier's "Daddy Nostalgia" (1990). Her younger daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg, by composer-director Serge Gainsbourg, is also an actress and her brother is writer-director Andrew Birkin ("Burning Secret" 1988). The ultra-expensive luxury item the Birkin bag was created by Herm├Ęs head Jean-Louis Dumas in 1984, inspired by a meeting with the actress and singer in which she complained about never finding a leather purse she really liked. Birkin's daughter with British film composer John Barry, fashion photographer Kate Barry, committed suicide by jumping from the balcony of her Paris apartment on December 11, 2013.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Boxes (2007)
Director
3000 Scenarios contre un virus (1994)
Director
Contre l'oubli (1992)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Twice Born (2013)
If You Die, I'll Kill You (2011)
Thelma, Louise and Chantal (2010)
Around a Small Mountain (2009)
Boxes (2007)
La Tete De Maman (2007)
Merci Docteur Rey (2003)
This Is My Body (2001)
Louise
Reines d'un jour (2001)
Jane
The Last September (1999)
Francie Montmorency
A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (1998)
Same Old Song (1998)
Egon Schiele: Excess and Punishment (1996)
Vally
One Hundred and One Nights (1995)
Noir comme le souvenir (1995)
Caroline
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (1995)
Woman'S Voice
Contre l'oubli (1992)
Herself
La Belle Noiseuse (1991)
Liz
Daddy Nostalgia (1990)
Caroline
Le Petit Amour (1988)
Mary Jane
Jane B. par Agnes V. (1988)
Herself
Comedie! (1987)
Au bout du bout du banc (1987)
Peggy
Beethoven's Nephew (1987)
Johanna Van Beethoven
Soigne ta droite (1987)
La Femme de ma vie (1986)
Laura
Leave All Fair (1985)
Katherine Mansfield; Marie Taylor
Dust (1985)
Magda
Le Garde du Corps (1984)
Barbara
Love on the Ground (1984)
Emily
La Pirate (1984)
Alma
L' Ami de Vincent (1983)
Circulez y'a rien a voir (1983)
Helene Duvernet
Evil Under The Sun (1982)
Christine Redfern
La Fille Prodigue (1981)
Melancolie Baby (1979)
Olga
La Miel (1979)
Ines
Projection Privee (1978)
Helene; Kate
Death on the Nile (1978)
Louise Bourget
L' Animal (1977)
Le Diable au Coeur (1976)
Linda
Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus (1975)
Serieux comme le plaisir (1975)
Catherine et Cie (1975)
Catherine Graham
La Course a l'echalote (1975)
Janet
Seven Deaths By Prescription (1975)
Jane
Le Mouton Enrage (1974)
La moutarde me monte au nez (1974)
Jackie Logan
Dark Places (1973)
Alta
Trop jolies pour etre honnetes (1972)
Christine
Romance of a Horsethief (1971)
Naomi Strugatch
Slogan (1970)
Evelyne
The Swimming Pool (1970)
Penelope
Kaleidoscope (1966)
Exquisite Thing
Blow-Up (1966)

Writer (Feature Film)

Le Petit Amour (1988)
From Story

Music (Feature Film)

By the Sea (2015)
Song Performer
Daltry Calhoun (2005)
Song Performer
Daltry Calhoun (2005)
Song
Mad Cows (1999)
Song Perfomer ("Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus")
A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (1998)
Song Performer
Same Old Song (1998)
Song Performer
Thick as Thieves (1990)
Song Performer ("Je T'Aime /Moi Non Plus")
Daddy Nostalgia (1990)
Song Performer ("These Foolish Things")
Comedie! (1987)
Song Performer (End Credits)
The Rise and Fall of Ivor Dickie (1978)
Song Performer ("Je T'Aime")

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Contre l'oubli (1992)
Other
Jane B. par Agnes V. (1988)
Other

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Cinderella (2000)

Life Events

1965

First film appearance (bit part) in "The Knack"

1975

Began singing career by recording "Je t'aime, moi non plus" with Serge Gainsbourg (also title of his first film as director)

1985

TV acting debut, "Cinecitta" (with Vittorio Gassman)

1987

Contributed story idea for Agnes Varda's "Kung Fu Master" (also actress)

1988

Was subject and star of Agnes Varda's film, "Jane B. Par Agnes V."

1991

Co-starred in Jacques Rivette's "La Belle Noiseuse"

1995

Reteamed with Agnes Varda for "One Hundred and One Nights" (released in the USA in 1999)

1996

Made first foray into classic tragedy appearing in Euripides' "Woman of Troy" at the National Theatre in England

1997

Appeared in Alain Resnais' "On connait la chanson/Same Old Song"

1998

Played the bohemian mother of a classmate of the titular character in "A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries"

1999

Recorded radio production of her play "Oh Sorry, Were You Asleep?"

1999

Had featured role in Deborah Warner's feature directorial debut "The Last September"

2004

Cast opposite Dianne Wiest in "Merci Docteur Rey"

Family

Judy Campbell
Mother
Actor. Appeared in plays written by Noel Coward.
Andrew Birkin
Brother
Screenwriter, director.
Kate Barry
Daughter
Drug counselor. Born in 1967; father, John Barry; founded a drug rehab center.
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Daughter
Actor. Born on July 21, 1971; father, Serge Gainsbourg.
Lou Doillon
Daughter
Actor. Born c. 1983; father, Jacques Doillon.

Companions

John Barry
Husband
Composer. Met when Birkin appeared in his musical, "Passion Flower Hotel", at age 18; married in 1966; divorced in 1968.
Serge Gainsbourg
Companion
Composer, director, actor. Met during filming of French film "Slogan"; together from 1968 to 1980; died on March 2, 1991 at age 62.
Jacques Doillon
Companion
Director. Began relationship in 1980; no longer together.

Bibliography

Notes

Appointed to the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in June 2001.