A talented artist, Jane Birkin has enjoyed a long career in the arts as a singer, songwriter, actress, and director. Raised in London, Birkin quickly became part of the swinging London scene in the s and appeared briefly in a handful of films. However, it was in , when she landed the lead female role in the French film Slogan, which her career truly kick-started. Birkin and Gainsbourg began a passionate year relationship on the set of Slogan which led to numerous collaborations between the pair throughout the s. Due to her stunning beauty and sex appeal, Birkin became a famous fashion icon. In particular, she became known for her Haute-Hippie style and free spirit, evident in her musical and acting performances. She was mainly known for her use of a straw basket which she used instead of a regular handbag.
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Follow Us. Vogue takes a look at her life behind-the-scenes. The British actor, singer, songwriter and model, who at the time was just gaining popularity, would rush home from rehearsals and performances to see her husband, John Barry, and their daughter, Kate. Despite it being her hometown having grown up in Marylebone, Jane Birkin did not stay in London for long. After a divorce from her first husband she famously moved to France, where she soon became world famous and began a relationship with Serge Gainsbourg , arguably the love of her life, and a celebrity pairing that defined the decade.
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Jane Birkin is not only one of the most referenced and enduring style icons of all time, but the poster girl of lates and 70s style. After meeting singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg on the set of French film Slogan , she relocated permanently to Paris, where her and Serge would start a family and where Jane would launch her prolific musical career. As a Brit living in Paris, Jane created a singular style that married English eccentricity with French insouciance. Jane lived in jeans and a T-shirt, but knew how to pull a stunt -- say, in a Paco Rabanne micro-mini.
The public was fascinated by his excesses and his outrageous behaviour — he once burned a franc note live on television to protest at his tax bill and had made a reggae version of La Marseillaise — and by her Sixties style and heavily accented French. Today she has released the second volume of her memoirs, covering life after Gainsbourg. In this weighty page book called Post-scriptum , Birkin reveals that she never completely got over him. Serge is dead. She also displays a remarkable talent for mocking herself, recalling how, when invited to take a role in a theatre production of a play by the 17th-century French writer Marivaux, she thought she was in a play by Marie Vau. Oh for the face of Nastassja Kinski, of Fanny Ardant , oh, the talent, the courage, the qualities. I have nothing interesting to say Birkin recalls how, as a teenager, the increasingly troubled Kate skipped school, stayed out late at Paris nightclubs, took drugs and stole her clothes.