Dec 14

December 14th Birthday Love: Jane Birkin

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On December 14th 1946, Jane Birkin was born in Marylebone, London, and has been charming audiences over the years with her many talents, which include singing, songwriting, acting, and directing.

Jane-Birkin-2One of her most well-known songs, and my very favorite work of hers, was this duet with her lover, Serge Gainsbourg, “Je t’aime… moi non plus” (“I love you… me either”), a song which Gainsbourg had originally written for Brigitte Bardot, recorded in 1969.


But before Jane and Serge became a couple, Birkin was married to John Barry from 1965-1968, and together John and Jane had a daughter, Kate Barry, who would later become a photographer, on 8 April 1967. Kate passed away on December 11, 2013.

Jane Birkin and Kate Barry

Jane Birkin and Kate Barry

Jane and Serge Gainsbourg met on the set of the French film L’amour et l’amour in 1968. The iconic couple were lovers for 13 years, and although they never married, they were known to have a close, passionate, and creative relationship. Together they had Jane’s second daughter, Charlotte Gainsbourg, in 1971. Serge Gainsbourg died in 1991.

Jane, Lou, Serge, and Charlotte

Jane, Lou, Serge, and Charlotte

In 1982 she gave birth to her third daughter, Lou Doillon, from her relationship with the director Jacques Doillon. They broke up in the 90’s and Doillon is said to have commented that he “could not compete with her grief for Gainsbourg.”

Jane and Serge

Jane and Serge

Jane Birkin has also found time to devote to several humanitarian efforts, including being a persistent spokesperson for democracy in Myanmar (Burma), and working with Amnesty International on immigrant welfare and AIDS issues.

Charlotte Gainsbourg and Mom, Jane Birkin

Charlotte Gainsbourg and Mom, Jane Birkin

By Olivier Pacteau from Paris, France – Jane Birkin, Charlotte Gainsbourg, CC BY 2.0,

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