Born on December 14, 1946 in London, England, Jane Mallory Birkin is best known as an actress in Death on the Nile in 1978, Blow-up in 1966 and the French film La elle noiseuse in 1991. Hermes, a French design house, designed a handbag for Jane in 1984. This Birkin bag is at least $6000 to purchase, but is one of the most popular handbags they carry.
In 1969 Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg recorded a French song that was banned by radio stations due to the simulated aural sex. The single went on to top the British charts and scored notoriety in France, Italy, Belgium and Sweden. In had modest success in America.
Jane was not seen in films until 1972 when she was cast as Brigitte Bardot's love in Don Juan, or If Don Juan Were a Woman. In 1975 she was in Je't'aime?€¦ moi non plus which won her a best actress nomination (Cesar). She appeared in Evil Under the Sun in 1982 and that same year recorded Baby Alone in Babylone, Lolita Go Home and amours des Feintes. Jane worked on stage in La Fausse suivante and in film with Egon Schiele Exzess und Bestrafung in 1980. Jane has acted in Merci Docteur Rey in 2002 and in 2006 she played Elektra in France.
Jane recorded Beauty on the 2003 album Strong Currents and her daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg sings backup vocals. She recorded a duet with Sergio Dias in 2010 for the French band Tahiti Boy and the Palmtree Family.
Jane works for Amnesty International on immigrant welfare and AIDS problems. She has visited Rwanda, Palestine, Israel and Bosnia in her humanitarian efforts. She won the best actress award at the 1985 Venice film Festival for Dust and best actress award at the Orleans Film Festival for Leave All Fair.
Jane married John Barry in 1965. They divorced in 1968 and had one daughter. Jane had a relationship with Serge Gainsbourg and they lasted for 13 years. They had a daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg and separated in 1980. In 1982 Jane gave birth to a daughter from her relationship with Jacques Doillon. They were no longer a couple by the 1990s.