Jane Birkin

Actress + Singer
Born Dec 14, 1946

Jane Mallory Birkin, OBE 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.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Jane Birkin.


1946 Birth Jane Mallory Birkin was born on 14 December 1946, in Marylebone, London. … Read More


1965 18 Years Old Birkin was married in 1965 to John Barry, the English composer best known for writing the music for many James Bond films, as well as numerous other movies. They met when Barry cast Birkin in his musical Passion Flower Hotel. Their daughter, the late photographer Kate Barry, was born on 8 April 1967 and died on 11 December 2013. The marriage ended in 1968.


1968 21 Years Old 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. … Read More
1969 22 Years Old In 1969, she and Gainsbourg released the duet "Je t'aime... moi non plus" ("I love you... me neither"). … Read More
1971 24 Years Old 1 More Event
She appeared on Gainsbourg's 1971 album Histoire de Melody Nelson, portraying the Lolita-like protagonist in song and on the cover.
1975 28 Years Old 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 and was banned in the UK by the BBFC. … Read More


1980 33 Years Old …  She worked with director Herbert Vesely on Egon Schiele Exzess und Bestrafung in 1980, appearing as the mistress of Austrian artist Egon Schiele, played by Mathieu Carrière. … Read More
1981 34 Years Old In 1981, Hermès chief executive Jean-Louis Dumas was seated next to Birkin on a flight from Paris to London. … Read More
1982 35 Years Old On 4 September 1982 she gave birth to her third daughter, Lou Doillon, from her relationship with the director Jacques Doillon. … Read More
In 1985, she co-starred with John Gielgud, who was Katherine Mansfield's husband, in Leave All Fair (1985). … Read More


1992 45 Years Old She won Female Artist of the Year in the 1992 Victoires de la Musique.


2001 54 Years Old In 2001, Birkin was awarded the OBE.
2006 59 Years Old In 2006, she played the title role in Elektra, directed by Philippe Calvario in France. … Read More


2010 63 Years Old In 2010, she recorded a duet with Brazilian singer Sérgio Dias for a project by Dias and French band Tahiti Boy and the Palmtree Family.
2015 68 Years Old In 2015, Birkin wrote a public letter to Hermès requesting her name be removed from the bag, stating she wanted the company to "debaptise the Birkin Croco until better practices in line with international norms can be put in place," referring to the cruel methods used to acquire the skins for the bags. … Read More
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