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Also Known As: Died:
Born: December 14, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor, singer, playwright, model

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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 Hermès 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.

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 Hermès 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.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Boxes (2007)
3.
  Contre l'oubli (1992) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Twice Born (2013)
4.
 Boxes (2007)
5.
6.
 Merci Docteur Rey (2003) Penelope
7.
 Reines d'un jour (2001) Jane
8.
 This Is My Body (2001) Louise
9.
 Last September, The (1999) Francie Montmorency
10.
 Same Old Song (1998) Jane
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London stage debut (bit part) in "Carving a Statue" aged 17
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"
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Education

Kensington Academy: -

Notes

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

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

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