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Born: July 21, 1971 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor, singer

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The progeny of a French recording artist and a British film star, singer-actress Charlotte Gainsbourg inherited not only her parents' respective talents, but their penchant for embracing the unconventional. In the spotlight roughly from birth, it came as little surprise when the youngster first appeared on film, starring alongside French cinema icon Catherine Deneuve in the film "Paroles et Musique" (1983) at the age of 12. A role in the drama "L'Effrontee" (1985) two years later earned Gainsbourg a Cesar Award for Most Promising Newcomer, an accomplishment followed by her first music album Charlotte for Ever in 1986. Before long, she was working with the likes of director Franco Zeffirelli as the titular star of "Jane Eyre" (1996), appearing opposite Sean Penn in "21 Grams" (2003), and winning the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her shocking turn in Lars von Trier's take on the horror genre "Antichrist" (2009). Music remained a passion for Gainsbourg, who continued to release such well-received albums as 2009's IRM. Other projects included her return to the world of von Trier in another Cannes favorite, the heralded apocalyptic drama "Melancholia" (2011). Possessing a...

The progeny of a French recording artist and a British film star, singer-actress Charlotte Gainsbourg inherited not only her parents' respective talents, but their penchant for embracing the unconventional. In the spotlight roughly from birth, it came as little surprise when the youngster first appeared on film, starring alongside French cinema icon Catherine Deneuve in the film "Paroles et Musique" (1983) at the age of 12. A role in the drama "L'Effrontee" (1985) two years later earned Gainsbourg a Cesar Award for Most Promising Newcomer, an accomplishment followed by her first music album Charlotte for Ever in 1986. Before long, she was working with the likes of director Franco Zeffirelli as the titular star of "Jane Eyre" (1996), appearing opposite Sean Penn in "21 Grams" (2003), and winning the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her shocking turn in Lars von Trier's take on the horror genre "Antichrist" (2009). Music remained a passion for Gainsbourg, who continued to release such well-received albums as 2009's IRM. Other projects included her return to the world of von Trier in another Cannes favorite, the heralded apocalyptic drama "Melancholia" (2011). Possessing a non-traditional beauty and an unconventional artistic bent, Gainsbourg enjoyed her reputation as one of the more versatile, talented and daring performers on the international landscape.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Do Not Disturb (2012)
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 Melancholia (2011)
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 Tree, The (2010)
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1982:
Made film debut in "Paroles et musiques/Love Songs"
1984:
Appeared in the incest-themed drama "Charlotte Forever," starring and directed by her father; also recorded the controversial duet with her father titled "Lemon Incest"
1985:
Became a leading actress with "L'Effrontee"
1986:
Released her debut album <i>Charlotte for Ever</i>
1987:
Starred in "Kung Fu Masters"; written by her mother
1989:
Gained first notice in America with "The Little Thief"
1993:
Appeared in "The Cement Garden"; helmed by her uncle Andrew Birkin
1996:
Landed title role in the remake "Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre"
1999:
Played the lead in photographer in David Bailey's feature directorial debut "The Intruder"
1999:
Played the younget of three sisters coping with the impending Christmas holidays in "La Buche"
2000:
Co-starred in the TNT miniseries "Nuremberg"
2001:
Starred opposite Philippe Torreton in "Felix et Lola," directed by Patrice Leconte
2001:
Had leading role in Yvan Attal's "Ma Femme est une Actrice/My Wife Is an Actress"
2003:
Featured in "21 Grams," which also starred Benicio Del Toro and Naomi Watts
2004:
Sang a duet with French pop star √Čtienne Daho on his single "If"
2006:
Co-starred in Michel Gondry's "The Science of Sleep"
2006:
Released first album in 20 years, <i>5:55</i>
2007:
Starred in the Italian film "The Golden Door," written and directed by Emanuele Crialese
2007:
Joined an ensemble cast for Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There," about the life of musician Bob Dylan
2008:
Co-starred with Anthony Hopkins and Laura Linney in the film "The City of Your Final Destination"
2009:
Released the Beck-produced electropop album <i>IRM</i>
2009:
Co-starred in Lars von Trier's controversial film "Antichrist"
2011:
Re-teamed with Von Trier, co-starring opposite Kirsten Dunst in the apocalyptic drama "Melancholia"
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Notes

"She has immense resources of violence and emotion. When she got 'Jane Eyre' it made perfect sense." --Jane Birkin about her daughter, Charlotte Gainsbourg, in The New York Times, April 7, 1996.

"The thing that makes her so good is how conscious she is. She's strong and sinewy, one of the best actresses I have ever worked with." --William Hurt, co-star of "Jane Eyre" in The New York Times, April 7, 1996.

"Although my parents seemed frivolous, my father was very strict, not about things like clothes and table manners, but about school. I went to about 15 schools, but I had a very serious education." --Charlotte Gainsbourg in The New York Times, April 7, 1996.

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companion:
Yvan Attal. Actor, director. Together since c. 1991.

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father:
Serge Gainsbourg. Singer, songwriter, actor. Lived with Jane Birken until Charlotte was nine years old; died in 1991 at age 61.
mother:
Jane Birkin. British actor. Lived with Serge Gainsbourg but did not marry.
uncle:
Andrew Birkin. Director, screenwriter.
half-sister:
Kaye Barry. Older; father, John Barry.
son:
Ben Attal.
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