Jane Birkin

Actress, singer Jane Birkin

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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Marylebone
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May 11, 2016
Cafe Society Premiere - Cannes Film Festival 2016
May 02, 2012
Carl Carlton and Jane Birkin Iconic artists release 'Toast to Freedom' song as tribute to Amnesty's 50th anniversary - song is also tribute to recently-deceased drummer Levon Helm This is a PR photo. WENN does not claim any ownership including but not lim
April 18, 2012
Traverso Collection - 65 years of the Cannes Film Festival - 1973 Cannes Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg attends the Cannes Film Festival Cannes, France ***NO INTERNET USE*** **Available for publication in the UK & USA only. Not for publication in the re
March 06, 2012
Jane Birkin Paris Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2012 - Paco Rabanne - Outside Arrivals
November 13, 2010
Atmosphere Jane Birkin and Marion Cotillard attend a rally held for Aung San Suu Kyi in front of Paris' City Hall.
September 11, 2010
French philosopher Bernard Henry Levy and Jane Birkin Demonstrators gathered to rally against the plight of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani a 43-year-old mother of two, who was sentenced to death in Iran, in Paris, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010. Iran has faced a grow
May 10, 2010
Pictured: Jane Birkin stands in front of a hill range marking the border between Thailand and Burma. Mae La refugee camp, sheltering some 40,000 people from Burma, lays at the foot of these hills. Former model and singer JANE BIRKIN shows her caring side
March 08, 2010
Jane Birkin, Paris Fashion Week Ready to Wear Fall/Winter 2010 - Chaumet Cocktail Party - Josephine
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Jane Birkin on Love, Life and Serge Gainsbourg’s Classical Roots
New York Times - 23 days
Touring the world, singing Gainsbourg songs backed by a full orchestra, this singer, actress, model and muse is getting ready to play Carnegie Hall on Thursday.
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PETA Gives Leather Shoppers A Grisly Surprise
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
The animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals doesn't appear to consider subtlety a virtue in its fight against animal products. In the graphic PETA Asia video below, unsuspecting shoppers are shown browsing leather goods. But within every purse, glove and jacket is a grisly surprise. PETA produced the video by setting up a fake storefront called "The Leather Work" in a mall in Bangkok. The animal rights activists then affixed artificial skin and fake organs -- including beating hearts -- inside wallets, jackets, purses, belts and other leather goods. They also put fake blood inside gloves and shoes, allowing unsuspecting shoppers to try them on. Everything looks scarily real, and the shoppers were understandably horrified. The video is hard to watch, but PETA says drastic times in Southeast Asia call for drastic measures.   In Southeast Asia, the illegal snakeskin industry is booming, much to the dismay of conserva...
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Jane Birkin sizzles in Saint Laurent fashion shots
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
Jane Birkin has made a surprise modeling debut for Saint Laurent. The French fashion house has unveiled the British actress and singer, 69, as the latest addition to its 'Music Project'. The label took to Twitter earlier this week to reveal two black and white shots of the star shot by the house's creative director Hedi Slimane.
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Jane Birkin on a Half-Century of Collaboration
NYTimes - about 2 years
The actress is being honored, along with her daughter, Charlotte Gainsbourg, with the “Jane and Charlotte Forever” series at Film Society of Lincoln Center.
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Privé Porter
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Hermes 35CM Birkin Feu Matte Alligator Gold "Bringing Home The Birkin" is Mark Tonello's humorous tale of being an international Hermes Birkin bag reseller. The fabled bag began when English actress and singer Jane Birkin on a 1981 flight to London from Paris broke her straw carryall spilling all its contents. Hermes executive Jean Louis Dumas helped Jane with her spillage and was inspired to create the namesake carryall. With a wait list as long as two years the iconic bag is the company's best seller. Enter Privé Porter, the private dealer of luxury handbags, with a specialty in sourcing authentic Hermes Birkin and Kelly bags since 2008. Privé Porter has Hermes collectors panting on Instagram and eBay. Hermes 35CM Birkin Rose Shocking Chevre Gold Privé Porte got some shine when superstar momager Kris Jenner shopped the Aspen summer pop- up store. Not only did Kris buy two baby Birkin bags, she consigned a red 35 cm Birkin bag to the company. Privé Porter Aspen Pop-up s...
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33 Jane Birkins by Agnès Varda
Huffington Post - over 2 years
33 Jane Birkins by Agnès Varda On identity expanded in Jane B. par Agnès V By Kevin B. Lee A few of the many faces of Jane Birkin in 'Jane B. par Agnes V.' The legendary filmmaker Agnès Varda just concluded a weeklong residence at the University of Chicago that celebrated her with a full schedule of screenings and talks. One of the several films presented in the series was Jane B. par Agnès V., Varda's 1987 experimental biography with the actress-musician Jane Birkin made on the occasion of Birkin's fortieth birthday. A landmark in feminist cinema, the film is a thoroughly collaborative effort between filmmaker and subject, narratively driven by a conversation between the two that makes plenty of room for tangential flights of fancy as Birkin not only recalls but imagines the many facets of her personal and creative life, putting on different costumes to enact each. This video tallies thirty-three different looks of Birkin found in Jane B. par Agnes V., attesting to the film'...
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Review: ‘Jane B. par Agnès V.’ Unites Director and Subject
NYTimes - over 2 years
This documentary, released in 1988 and now having its American premiere, is the result of a deep collaboration between the director Agnès Varda and the actress Jane Birkin.
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Alexa Chung's Eyeko Mascara & Eyeliner Set Makes '60s Eyeliner Impossible To Mess Up
Huffington Post - about 4 years
If I could wake up each morning and put on a set of false eyelashes, I would. But I don't have time for that! So I simply curl my lashes and plump them up by wiggling the mascara wand from left to right. Yet there's still a part of me that longs for that '60s doe-eyed look. You know that kind of seductive stare made complete with wispy lashes and winged-out eyeliner that Twiggy, Diana Ross and Jane Birkin were all known for? Well British "It Girl" Alexa Chung must have gotten my memo, as she's teamed up with cosmetics brand Eyeko to make my dreams come true. Alexa Chung for Eyeko Limited Edition Eye Do Mascara & Liquid Eyeliner Set, $39, Sephora.com Chung's makeup set includes a felt-tip liquid eyeliner and carbon black mascara -- the essentials to creating her signature cat-eye. Both products are packaged in sleek and small tubes that fit perfectly into your pocket or handbag. What I love most about the waterproof eyeliner is that it's slightly smaller at the base than...
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1970s Hair Icons That Will Make You Nostalgic
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Beyond the bell-bottoms and platform shoes in films and books, the 1970s was truly a transformative decade. Subcultures that spawned a generation of hipsters, rockers and radicals brought forth an eclectic mix of styles that we believe are best told through hair. From Farrah Fawcett's feathered cut to Debbie Harry's bleach-blonde bob to Pam Grier's Afro, these '70s hairdos echo the attitudes fueled by outspoken youth. To truly understand this great shift in society and politics, we've compiled a list of 16 hair icons whose strands tell a beautiful story. Farrah Fawcett The late "Charlie Angels" actress' flipped hairstyle remains one of the most sought-after looks, but somehow, many seem to fall flat of capturing Fawcett's big, bouncy mane. Pam Grier Grier's badass Afro commanded just as much attention and respect as the strong characters she played in blaxploitation films like "Foxy Brown" and "Coffy." Debbie Harry What impressionable young girl didn't reach for that bo...
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The 12-Year Romance That Enchanted A Generation
Huffington Post - over 4 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 ...
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Gold album validates Lou Doillon's show biz fame
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 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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Jane Birkin's Wicker Basket Might Just Top Her Namesake Hermès Bag (PHOTO)
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Trends come and go, but some fashions never go out of style. In our new series, we're paying homage to the signature items that have turned our favorite stars into style icons. The icon: Jane Birkin The item: A wicker basket Why we love it: Forget Hermès, the true "Birkin bag" can be bought at your local craft store. Jane Birkin made a splash in Paris when she arrived toting a wicker basket as a purse during the swinging '60s -- no wonder she stole Serge Gainsbourg's heart. The best part? There's no waiting list involved. More icons who knew a thing about French style: Want more? Be sure to check out HuffPost Style on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest and Instagram at @HuffPostStyle.
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Hermès and LVMH 'handbag war' escalates
Guardian (UK) - over 4 years
Luxury brands come before French stock-market regulator in dispute over Bernard Arnault's stake in Hermès The luxury French fashion label Hermès prides itself on assisting wealthy people who have run out of gift ideas: Nicolas Sarkozy once gave Barack Obama a €6,000 (£5000) black Hermès golfing bag, the Duke of Windsor ordered a custom-made patent leather wheelbarrow for Wallis Simpson and the Queen was once known to be very fond of the label's gloves. But when it comes to offering itself on a plate to eager tycoons building fashion empires, Hermès is rather more circumspect. The family firm, which began as a harness-maker in the 19th century and is the last major independent luxury fashion house to resist the onslaught of multinationals and conglomerates, has escalated a dispute known as the "handbag wars" that has shaken the Paris luxury goods world. The standoff between Hermès and its rival LVMH, the owner of Louis Vuitton and Dior, was played out at a hearing before France's s...
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Late singer-actor-innovator Serge Gainsbourg to be feted
The Sacramento Bee - almost 5 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-...
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This '60s Icon Had Brains And Beauty
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Barbara Feldon may not have been a major '60s icon like Twiggy or Jane Birkin, but she certainly held her own in front of the camera. Feldon's career began in theater, then she later went on to try her hand at modeling, and eventually got her breakout role as Agent 99 on the sitcom "Get Smart." Yet, this lady had much more than beauty. She had brains, too. Feldon won the title prize on the game show "The $64,000 Question" for correctly answering questions about Shakespeare -- and that's no small feat. In celebration of Feldon's 80th birthday (on Mar. 12), we are taking a look back at a vintage 1965 photograph of the actress. Her houndstooth blazer and matching skirt reflect the times, as does her winged-tip eyeliner. What we love most about this snapshot is Feldon's enviable 'do -- the half-up, half-down hairstyle has the perfect amount of volume and her bangs work to frame her killer cheekbones. Although the '60s produced some questionable fashion moments, the era ...
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Vicky Tiel: Art Is Whatever the Artist Has to Say
Huffington Post - about 5 years
"Art is whatever the artist has to say," is a quote given to me personally by Tom Sachs at his Space Program: Mars exhibit at the Park Avenue Armory last spring. Graffiti art, or "whatever art," has become the foremost art of our times, made world-famous by Keith Haring's subway work in the late '70s and continues even stronger today. From the poor South African townships to the chic Parisian Rive Gauche, artists worldwide are always expressing themselves however they want with the whole planet as their personal art gallery. As a young woman in Paris, I danced in Chez Castel nightly (I lived upstairs in the penthouse). My husband and I were frequently found dancing the Bostella at Castel's on the small dance floor next to Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, who also loved to dirty dance. Jane and I (both not French) danced with more abandon than our French girlfriends. Serge and Jane broke up, and Serge later died. We never saw Jane swing her hair and her hips in circles...
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Martha Stewart: I Paint The Soles Of My Louboutins Black
Huffington Post - over 5 years
It has come to light that an unspeakable act (to fashionistas, at least) is being committed in our midst. Martha Stewart, a shining example to women everywhere, has been defacing her precious Christian Louboutin shoes. On purpose. Stewart spoke to InStyle at this week's American Made Awards, where she got to chatting about her Christian Louboutin heels. "See the soles? I paint them black," she said. "I don’t like them red, even though they’re his trademark. But he doesn’t mind. He said it’s okay if I do that -- I asked him!” "He" being Mr. Louboutin himself, of course. Thank goodness for that, otherwise she could be staring down an unpleasant lawsuit. This isn't the first time Martha's Sharpie-ing habit has been mentioned. She confessed to her crime in 2008, posting a photo on her blog with the caption: "Karena, my wardrobe mistress, painting the soles of my Louboutins black [...] this is easy if you use a broad sharpie." But this is the first time we're hearing...
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Fashion News: 'Pretty Little Liars' for Bongo. 'Runway' celebrates 10.
LATimes - over 5 years
Bongo is featuring “Pretty Little Liars” stars Lucy Hale and Ashley Benson in its multimedia marketing campaign for fall. Titled, “On Set,” the ads give fans a "behind-the-scenes look at Lucy and Ashley’s life on set by giving them a glance into their dressing rooms and trailers," according to a news release. Above is a behind-the-scenes look of the shoot.  Meanwhile, Lanvin launched its fall campaign, using "real" people instead of celebrities or models. One is a stunning 82-year-old former dancer who is also one of Ari Seth Cohen's "Advanced Style" subjects. [Fashionista]   "Project Runway" celebrated its 10th season Tuesday night with a party in NYC. The event included a life-sized interactive runway installed on the High Line. Attendees included former contestants such as Mondo Guerra, Austin Scarlett and Kenley Collins. Host Heidi Klum and mentor Tim Gunn hammed it up. [WWD] A coffee table book dedicated to the work of model Kate Moss is due out from Rizzoli in Novem...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jane Birkin
    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 68
    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.
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  • 2010
    Age 63
    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.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2006
    Age 59
    In 2006, she played the title role in Elektra, directed by Philippe Calvario in France.
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  • 2001
    Age 54
    In 2001, Birkin was awarded the OBE.
  • FORTIES
  • 1992
    Age 45
    She won Female Artist of the Year in the 1992 Victoires de la Musique.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1985
    Age 38
    The jury of the 1985 Venice Film Festival recognised Birkin's performance in Dust as amongst the best of the year, but decided not to award a best actress prize because all of the actresses they judged to have made the best performances were in films that won major awards.
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    She won the "Best Actress" award at the 1985 Orleans Film Festival for Leave All Fair.
    In 1985, she co-starred with John Gielgud, who was Katherine Mansfield's husband, in Leave All Fair (1985).
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  • 1982
    Age 35
    On 4 September 1982 she gave birth to her third daughter, Lou Doillon, from her relationship with the director Jacques Doillon.
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  • 1981
    Age 34
    In 1981, Hermès chief executive Jean-Louis Dumas was seated next to Birkin on a flight from Paris to London.
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  • 1980
    Age 33
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1975
    Age 28
    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.
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  • 1971
    Age 24
    She took a break from acting in 1971–72, but returned as Brigitte Bardot's lover in Don Juan, or If Don Juan Were a Woman (1973).
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    She appeared on Gainsbourg's 1971 album Histoire de Melody Nelson, portraying the Lolita-like protagonist in song and on the cover.
  • 1969
    Age 22
    In 1969, she and Gainsbourg released the duet "Je t'aime... moi non plus" ("I love you... me neither").
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  • 1968
    Age 21
    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1965
    Age 18
    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.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1946
    Born
    Jane Mallory Birkin was born on 14 December 1946, in Marylebone, London.
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