Charlotte Gainsbourg
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Charlotte Lucy Gainsbourg is an Anglo-French actress and singer. After releasing an album with her father at the age of fifteen, more than twenty years passed before she released three albums as an adult to commercial and critical success. Gainsbourg has also appeared in many films, including several directed by Lars von Trier, and has received both a César Award and the Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award.
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'Every Thing Will Be Fine' review: Franco, McAdams, Gainsbourg wallow in misery
Chicago Times - about 1 year
"We can only try to believe that there's meaning to this," murmurs Charlotte Gainsbourg midway through "Every Thing Will Be Fine" — voicing viewers' thoughts for the first and only time in Wim Wenders' labored, lumbering melodrama. An inglorious return to narrative filmmaking for the German master,...
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'Nymphomaniac' Star Joining 'Independence Day 2' (Exclusive) (Rebecca Ford/Hollywood Reporter) - almost 2 years
Rebecca Ford / Hollywood Reporter: ‘Nymphomaniac’ Star Joining ‘Independence Day 2’ (Exclusive)  —  Charlotte Gainsbourg is in talks to join Roland Emmerich's sequel.  —  Charlotte Gainsbourg  —  Nymphomaniac star Charlotte Gainsbourg is in talks to join Fox's Independence Day 2, which will star Liam Hemsworth and Jessie Usher.
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Sandra Bullock: the pain of Gravity
Guardian (UK) - about 3 years
It was a huge technological leap into the unknown – and a physical and psychological challenge for stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Here, she and director Alfonso Cuarón talk about how they made Gravity an Oscar favourite The makers of Gravity won't really come back down to Earth till the awards season is over, but even if the movie doesn't win any Baftas or Academy Awards, there is a sense of triumph in their simply having got the film made. They can also console themselves with the wall-to-wall acclaim and the $700m-odd in worldwide box office, but it's inarguable that, more than any other movie of the past year, Alfonso Cuarón's space epic pushed back the frontiers of film-making – to the extent that most viewers couldn't fathom how on earth (or elsewhere) the film was even made. What is easy to forget is that, initially, Cuarón and his team didn't have the slightest idea how to make it either. Compared with your standard movie project, Gravity was more like trying to lan ...
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New cinema: The weird world of Lars von Trier
The Economist - about 3 years
Strange tastes LARS VON TRIER’S film may be called “Nymphomaniac”, but the controversial Danish film director insists that he wants only to stimulate the viewer’s brain. His latest opus, chopped into two separate two-hour “volumes” for its British release later this month, opens with an ageing bachelor, Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard), finding a badly beaten woman named Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) in an alleyway. He takes her back to his dingy flat, where she proceeds to recount her teeming sexual history in high-flown literary language. A series of flashbacks, each assigned its own chapter heading, shows the young Joe pouncing on strangers in railway carriages, and then as a married mother escaping domesticity by means of anonymous bondage sessions and hotel-room threesomes.The numerous graphic sex scenes, performed by body doubles from the adult-film industry, have been widely publicised. But if pornography is the most basic kind of film-making, “Nymphomaniac” is the opposite. Mr von ...
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New 'Nymphomaniac' Clip Places Charlotte Gainsbourg In Compromising Position (Very NSFW)
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Another day, another lascivious clip -- ahem, "appetizer" -- from "Nymphomaniac." The latest marks the sixth that's emerged since June, in addition to character posters and a trailer. We've already seen Shia LaBeouf strip down for a graphic sex scene, and now Charlotte Gainsbourg is the subject of what looks like a lewd S&M-style tryst. Titled "Chapter 6: The Eastern and the Western Church (The Silent Duck)," the clip's synopsis offers this mysterious description: The Eastern Church is often referred to as the Church of Joy, and the Western Church as the Church of Suffering. Should you make a mental journey from Rome eastwards, you'll find that you move away from guilt and pain, and towards light and joy. However, what Joe comes to learn is that pain and pleasure can be closer than you'd think. The LaBeouf clip was removed from YouTube because of its graphic nature, which might explain why this one was posted to Vimeo instead. In it, Gainsbourg, whose character is named ...
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The 12-Year Romance That Enchanted A Generation
Huffington Post - over 3 years
There are few love affairs as steamy (and stylish) as that between French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg and British actress Jane Birkin -- yes, like the Birkin bag. The two met on a movie set in 1968 and embarked on a 12-year romance that enchanted a generation with their tres chic burning love. The pair split in 1980, but not before collaborating on film projects, creating the album "Melody Nelson" and having a daughter, actress Charlotte Gainsbourg. To get a sense of the passion between the two, just listen to their explicit duet "Je t’aime... moi non plus," which essentially features the sounds of love making in the background. With the pair's iconic style, beauty and talent, it's hard to remember they were a also regular couple who hung out on the couch from time to time. That's where "Jane & Serge: A Family Album" comes in. The book features rare photos of Jane and Serge taken by Jane's brother, photographer Andrew Birkin. Capturing the legendary cultural figures l ...
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Gold album validates Lou Doillon's show biz fame
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Gold album validates Lou Doillon's show biz fame Even though Lou Doillon played her first gig ever at a tiny Parisian club just a year ago, her music has already found an international audience. Supplementing her acting and modeling careers, the 31-year-old daughter of actress Jane Birkin and French film director Jacques Doillon (her half-sister is actress Charlotte Gainsbourg) makes a convincing case for her latest venture on her seductive debut album, "Places." Doillon performs next Sunday at the Great American Music Hall. From one day or another, people stop me 10 times a day to tell me to keep doing the music. More funnily with the press, for the first three months every single interview started with, I received the album and I thought it was going to be s-. Or they see my big teeth on the album cover and say, "Are you Carly Simon's daughter?" It's quite refreshing. Aidin Vaziri is The San Francisco Chronicle's pop music critic.
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New 'Nymphomaniac' Clip Reveals 'Whoring Bed'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Lars Von Trier continues to tease viewers with sneak peeks at his episodic sex movie, "Nymphomaniac." The third clip from the film debuted online Friday, this one showcasing Uma Thurman's role. Thurman plays Mrs. H in "Nymphomaniac," the jilted wife of a man who finds himself entangled in an affair with Joe, the film's lead character, played here -- as in the other teases -- by Stacy Martin. (Charlotte Gainsbourg plays the older Joe in the film.) Unlike the goofy playfulness of the first two "Nymphomaniac" teasers -- the one with Shia LaBeouf is particularly funny -- the "Mrs. H" chapter looks much darker. To wit: Mrs. H brings her kids to confront Mr. H and Joe, and then forces the children to check out her husband's "whoring bed." Yikes, therapy. Watch the "Nymphomaniac" teaser for "Chapter 3: Mrs. H" above; a synopsis of the section, from the film's YouTube page, is below. (Read this in Von Trier's voice for added effect.) Keeping track of a large network of lov ...
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Late singer-actor-innovator Serge Gainsbourg to be feted
The Sacramento Bee - almost 4 years
He was a singer, songwriter, actor, director and all-around innovator, and on Saturday, the Sacramento French Film Festival will pay tribute to Serge Gainsbourg with its fourth Serge! tribute party. As is apt for any celebration of Gainsbourg, the event will include music (live and by DJs), short films and liquor. Guy, the French bartender, will serve special Pastis cocktails as part of a no-host wine and beer bar. The smoking will need to happen outside the Verge Center for the Arts (625 S St., Sacramento), site of the celebration. Admission is $7, and proceeds go to the Sacramento French Film Festival, happening in June at Sacramento Crest Theatre, and to Verge Center for the Arts. Gainsbourg, who died in 1991, would have been 84 this year. He left behind a treasure trove of experimental, influential music and the wonderful actress-singer Charlotte Gainsbourg, his daughter with model and actress Jane Birkin. The SFFF also has put out a call for Gainsbourg-t ...
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Edward M. Weinman: You're Not Here
Huffington Post - about 4 years
It's about 30 minutes before Sleuth debuts at the 2007 Venice Film Festival. After too many drinks, I find myself downstairs in the theater's bathroom, in front of a urinal, unzipping my trousers to relive myself when who should walk in but Michael Caine. Talk about stage fright. This is Sir Michael Fu**ing Caine. He's that intimidating. Sleuth, co-starring Caine and the ubiquitous Jude Law (directed by Kenneth Branagh), was not nearly as notable as my bathroom encounter with the legendary star of such movies as Get Carter, Harry Brown and the reboot of the Batman franchise. In fact, the films screening at Venice, including Joe Wright's Atonement, which opened the world's oldest international film festival, were underwhelming. The most interesting (and strange) movie showing at that year's festival was Todd Haynes' I'm Not There, the Bob Dylan ramble that was as enigmatic as Dylan himself. Oscar-winner Haynes' film examines different incarnations of Dylan's persona ...
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Pete Doherty on heroin, life in Paris and his new film
Guardian (UK) - about 4 years
After enjoying four years as a cult hero in France, the former Libertine is still battling with addiction and unable – or unwilling – to escape his notorious past In a Paris attic apartment decorated like a 19th-century dandy's den, a rottweiler snores on a velvet couch and dozens of candles give out a half-light. Pete Doherty kicks an apple core round the living room rug and chats in broken French to a friend on his cracked iPhone. Balzac novels are stacked high on the window ledge. This is Paris Pete, the rocker who now sings solo as Peter Doherty, writes poetry, paints and has made his debut as a French arthouse-cinema actor. For years, the Libertines and Babyshambles frontman was London's most notorious rock-star addict. The baby-faced, sallow-skinned, tabloid whipping-boy was kicked out of his first band, served three stints in prison for drug possession and breaking into bandmate Carl Barat's home, dated Kate Moss and sparked handwringing about wasted talent. Doherty moved to ...
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Most Stylish New Yorkers 2012: Carole Radziwill, Heather Thomson and Aviva Drescher
US Magazine - over 4 years
Name: Carole Radziwill Occupation: TV personality; author Fashion Mash-up: The Manhattan native -- and star of Bravo's The Real Housewives of New York City -- describes her look as "unconventional, very mix-and-match." She adds, "I don't match a nice skirt with a nice blouse or a dress with the perfect shoe. If I wear a dress, I'll wear a motorcycle boot. I like to mix it up. I like it to be a little unconventional." Radziwill religiously wears only a handful of labels: Isabel Marant, Rag and Bone, Rick Owens and Helmut Lang. "If you stick to two or three designers, you don't look like a schizophrenic!" Timeless Tip: Her best piece of style advice came from her dear friend, Carolyn Bessette, who died in a 1999 plane crash with husband John F. Kennedy, Jr. "She always told me, 'Own what you're wearing.' You can get very insecure when you're dressing and you're like, 'Does this go with this?' and it does go if you feel good in it," says Radziwill, whose style staples include Bal ...
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Lars von Trier Promises Even More Disturbing Unsimulated Sex Scenes in Next Film 'Oedipus Wrecks'
The Bennington Vale Evening Tran - over 4 years
SAN NARCISO, Calif. (Bennington Vale Evening Transcript) -- Danish director Lars von Trier is once again courting controversy with his forthcoming film "Nymphomaniac," a sexually explicit tale of eroticism. The story centers on the promiscuous life of a young woman who reveals her libidinous escapades to a man (played by Stellan Skarsgard) after he rescues her from an attack in an alley. The director's promise to shoot the lurid details of the protagonist's past with "unsimulated" sex scenes has created much of the buzz surrounding the movie's release. Adding fuel to that fire were several statements made to the press by Shia LeBeouf, who jumped at the chance to take what he described as a transformative role. "It's going to be a wild movie," the actor told MTV. "There's a disclaimer at the top of the script that basically says we're [having sex] for real. Everything that is illegal, we'll shoot in blurred images. Other than that, everything is happening." The revelation has led to har ...
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Horror's Top 10 Most Frightening Women
Dread Central - almost 5 years
With the upcoming release of the creepy Hammer film The Woman in Black on DVD May 22nd, we thought it would be a good time to look back at some of our favorite frightening women from horror films of the past. Believe me; these aren't your average scream queens. These women bite back...hard! To prime the proverbial pump, we have some honorable mentions for those who just missed the list. Who wasn't creeped out by Cécile De France in Haute Tension (High Tension) or Isabelle Fuhrman in Orphan. I remember looking through my fingers at the woman-thing at the end of [REC], and Rebecca De Mornay was simply cold-blooded in The Hand that Rocks the Cradle. Rie Ino'o gave us an iconic image in Ring, which Daveigh Chase duplicated in the American remake. And Lina Leandersson was eerie as Ellie in Lat den ratte komma in (Let the Right One In). Hell, if the films they were in were scarier, we'd love to have put Bellatrix Lestrange and The Wicked Witch of the West on here. They were some nasty ladi ...
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Win Tickets to See Beck in Bend!
The Portland Mercury - almost 5 years
Polyglot pop artiste Beck has been seemingly silent lately—it's been close to four years since his last album, Modern Guilt—but Beck has been plenty busy with soundtrack work, collaborations, and lending his production hand to great recent records by Thurston Moore, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Stephen Malkmus. But it's Beck himself who takes the stage for a few select dates this summer, and one of those dates is at the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, Oregon! It's a bit of a jaunt from Portland, but thankfully the Beck show lands on Sunday, May 27—smack dab in the middle of Memorial Day weekend. As luck would have it, we're giving away a pair of tickets! This should be an outstanding show. Possibly new material? Possibly old hits? Which incarnation of Beck are we going to see? FIND OUT by sending an email to this address with "Beck in Bend" in the subject line. Please include your name in the email; a winner will be selected at random, although flattery never hurt anybody. (Also ...
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Week in Review: Scrutinizing "The Scream," Kickstarter's Apple Obsession, And Lana Del Rey's Frieze Show
Artinfo - almost 5 years
Week in Review: Scrutinizing "The Scream," Kickstarter's Apple Obsession, And Lana Del Rey's Frieze Show Language English Email Print Save Tweet Pin It by ARTINFO Published: April 27, 2012 Our most-talked-about stories in Art, Design & Fashion, and Performing Arts, April 23-27, 2012: ART — With the inaugural Frieze New York art fair just a week away, Kyle Chayka looked at all that the newcomer and its various satellites have to offer, while Orit Gat spoke to artist Uri Aran about the site-specific performance he'll be staging during the fair. Frieze's chief competitor, the Armory Show, snuck back into the spotlight when it announced its 2013 dates. — In anticipation of next week's other blockbuster, Sotheby's sale of Edvard Munch's "The Scream," Shane Ferro gathered all the information an ...
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Charlotte Gainsbourg Will Star In LVT's 'Pornographic Drama'
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Third time's a charm! If by charm you mean porno. Which we sort of do, in this case. Charlotte Gainsbourg has officially signed on to Lars Von Trier's upcoming pornographic drama, "Nymphomaniac," along with other Von Trier mainstay, Stellan Skarsgard. This will mark the third time in a row that Gainsbourg has served as the controversial Von Trier's muse, the first being 2009's "Antichrist," which involved some pretty intense sexual imagery, including graphic masturbation and genital mutilation. Gainsbourg picked up the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for that role. Then last year she co-starred in the director's "Melancholia," along with Kirsten Dunst. "Nymphomaniac" will, according to press notes, tell "the light and poetic story of a woman’s erotic journey from birth to the age of 50," and The Hollywood Reporter added that Von Trier plans to release a hardcore and softcore version of the film. The hardcore version, HR states, will include "graphic de ...
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Right Between Your Eyes: The Bullits
Clash - almost 5 years
In an era where artists are rapidly losing social relevance and connection (despite a heavy Twitter habit), a new breed of mavericks are seizing the unclaimed territory through bold, elegant and original moves. None more so than Jeymes Samuel a.k.a The Bullitts a.k.a the tramp who accosts Rosario Dawson in that youtube a.k.a. someone who defies any sort of categorisation as he launches blockbuster idea after blockbuster idea sooner than you can ask: ‘So is this film or music?’ But West Londoner Jeymes is no overnight success. Despite being a film-maker from the age of eight, he’s been honing his songwriting and production skills since he was seventeen. Now, with an intimidating catalogue of production credits sufficient to convince anyone else they could now comfortably retire, he instead begins work on his debut album, ‘They Die By Dawn and Other Short Stories’ featuring artists which read like the World’s Cool List: Jay Electronica, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Lucy Liu, Idr ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Charlotte Gainsbourg
  • 2014
    Age 42
    She was featured in the Hear the World Calendar 2014, the proceeds of which were to benefit the foundation’s projects.
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  • 2013
    Age 41
    Attal publicly proposed to Gainsbourg on 19 June 2013 during an awards ceremony when he received the French National Order of Merit.
    More Details Hide Details However, in April 2014 Attal confirmed that they were still unwed, with no plans to officially marry. Together they have three children: a son, Ben (b. 1997), and daughters Alice (b. 2002) and Joe (b. 2011).
    In 2013, Gainsbourg released a cover version of the song "Hey Joe", recorded with Beck, for the soundtrack of the film Nymphomaniac, in which she was the lead actress.
    More Details Hide Details Her music influenced artists such as Tove Lo, who cited the simplicity and quirky lyrical content of Charlotte's IRM as the main inspiration behind her career in music and said that it "opened a new world" for her as regards sound. Since 2014, Gainsbourg has been supporting the Hear the World Foundation as ambassador. In her role she advocates for equal opportunities and a better quality of life for people with hearing loss.
    Gainsbourg was raised in Paris alongside her half-sister from her mother's marriage to composer John Barry, Kate Barry, who died in 2013 after an accidental fall out a window.
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  • 2012
    Age 40
    Her song "Trick Pony" appeared at the beginning of the Grey's Anatomy episode "Perfect Little Accident" (Season 6, Episode 16/airdate: 25 February 2010), is featured on the FIFA 11 soundtrack and was used in the 2012 Teleflora Super Bowl advertisement featuring supermodel Adriana Lima.
    More Details Hide Details In 2011, Gainsbourg released the double album Stage Whisper, a collection of unreleased songs from IRM and live tracks.
    In May 2012 Confession of a Child of the Century premiered, where she starred alongside the British musician Pete Doherty.
    More Details Hide Details Gainsbourg collaborated with von Trier once again on his 2013 film Nymphomaniac, in which she played the title role. The 5½-hour film depicts the life of a sex addict from youth to middle age. When asked about the nature of the role, Gainsbourg responded, "The sex scenes weren't so hard. For me, it was all the masochistic scenes. Those were embarrassing and, yes, a little humiliating."
    She was on the jury for the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival in February 2012.
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  • 2010
    Age 38
    Gainsbourg starred in the French/Australian production, The Tree, released in 2010, and in Lars von Trier's science fiction disaster film, Melancholia.
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  • 2009
    Age 37
    In 2009, she won the award for Best Actress at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival for the film Antichrist.
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  • 2007
    Age 35
    In 2007, she appeared as Claire in the Todd Haynes-directed Bob Dylan biographical film I'm Not There, also contributing a cover version of the Dylan song "Just Like a Woman" to the film soundtrack.
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  • 2006
    Age 34
    In 2006, Gainsbourg appeared alongside Gael García Bernal in Michel Gondry's The Science of Sleep.
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  • 2003
    Age 31
    In 2003, Gainsbourg starred in 21 Grams, with Naomi Watts, Sean Penn and Benicio del Toro.
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  • 2000
    Age 28
    In 2000, she won the César Award for "Best Supporting Actress" for the film La Bûche.
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  • 1996
    Age 24
    In 1996, Gainsbourg starred as the title character in Jane Eyre, a film adaption of Charlotte Brontë's 1847 novel.
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  • 1994
    Age 22
    Her stage debut was in 1994, in David Mamet's Oleanna at the Théâtre de la Gaîté-Montparnasse.
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  • 1993
    Age 21
    In 1993, Gainsbourg made her English-speaking debut in The Cement Garden, written and directed by her uncle, Andrew Birkin.
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  • 1991
    Age 19
    After her parents separated, Gainsbourg's father descended into alcoholism, eventually dying of a heart attack in 1991.
    More Details Hide Details Gainsbourg remained devoted to preserving his legacy and preserved his home, saying she hoped to eventually turn it into a museum. She eventually abandoned the project and decided to maintain the house as a private residence instead. On 5 September 2007, Gainsbourg was rushed to a Paris hospital where she underwent surgery for a cerebral hemorrhage. She had been experiencing headaches since a waterskiing accident in the United States several weeks earlier. Gainsbourg grew up on film sets, as both of her parents were involved in the film industry. She stated that her mother had pushed her into acting, believing that she wanted to be an actress and encouraging her to make her motion picture debut playing Catherine Deneuve's daughter in the film Paroles et musique (1984).
  • 1988
    Age 16
    In 1988 she appeared together with her mother in a set of films, Kung Fu Master and the documentary drama Jane B. by Agnes V., both directed by Agnès Varda.
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  • 1986
    Age 14
    In 1986 she released her debut album Charlotte for Ever, which was produced by her father.
    More Details Hide Details In 2000, Gainsbourg was featured on the Madonna album Music on the track "What It Feels Like for a Girl". The lengthy spoken introduction by Gainsbourg is taken from the film The Cement Garden, which inspired the title of the song. The track was further remixed for a single version in 2001, with Gainsbourg's The Cement Garden speech repeated during the song. In 2004, she sang a duet with French pop star Étienne Daho on his single "If". In 2006, Gainsbourg released her second album 5:55 to critical acclaim and commercial success, reaching the top spot on the French charts and achieving platinum status in the country. In the UK, the album was moderately successful, reaching No. 78 (The single "The Songs That We Sing" only achieved No. 129). Gainsbourg attributed the twenty-year break between her debut album and 5:55 to her father's death and her reluctance to explore a musical career without him.
    In 1986, Gainsbourg won a César Award for "Most Promising Actress" for L'effrontée.
    More Details Hide Details That same year Gainsbourg appeared in the film Charlotte for Ever about a man who develops incestuous desires for his teenage daughter after his wife dies. Written and directed by Gainsbourg's father Serge Gainsbourg, who also took the role of Gainsbourg's father on screen, the film heightened the controversy that had resulted from Gainsbourg's debut single Lemon Incest, which had similar themes and also was created and sung with her father Serge causing press speculation that the material was autobiographical.
    She has a young brother, Lucien "Lulu" Gainsbourg, born in 1986 from her father's relationship with Bambou.
    More Details Hide Details On her father's side she also had two older siblings born from his second marriage to Françoise-Antoinette "Béatrice" Pancrazzi.
  • 1985
    Age 13
    Gainsbourg would go on to work with her stepfather in the film The Temptation of Isabelle in 1985 and later in Amoureuse in 1992, which also starred her spouse Yvan Attal.
    More Details Hide Details In 1987 she was the target of a bungled kidnapping.
  • 1984
    Age 12
    Gainsbourg made her musical debut on the controversial song "Lemon Incest" in 1984.
    More Details Hide Details Sung by Gainsbourg and her real father Serge, the lyrics implied a pedophiliac relationship between a father and daughter and led people to believe that the material was autobiographical. Gainsbourg, who was 13 at the time of the song's release, later stated that she had just begun boarding school and was therefore unaware of the controversy regarding the song until she was much older.
  • 1982
    Age 10
    Her half sister Lou Doillon was born in 1982 as a result of the union.
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  • 1980
    Age 8
    By 1980, her parents' relationship had dissolved and her mother left her father for the director Jacques Doillon.
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  • 1971
    Born on July 21, 1971.
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