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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 21 July 1971London, England, UK
Birth NameCharlotte Lucy Gainsbourg
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Charlotte Gainsbourg was born in London, England in 1971. She is an Anglo-French actress and singer. The daughter of English actress Jane Birkin and French singer and songwriter Serge Gainsbourg, she was raised in Paris. Gainsbourg made her motion picture debut in 1984. In 1986, Gainsbourg won a César Award for "Most Promising Actress", and, in 2000, she won "Best Supporting Actress" for the film La Bûche. In 1993, Gainsbourg made her English speaking debut in The Cement Garden, written and directed by her uncle, Andrew Birkin. She made her stage debut in 1994 in David Mamet's Oleanna at the Théâtre de la Gaîté-Montparnasse. In 1996, Gainsbourg starred as the title character in Jane Eyre, a film adaption of Charlotte Brontë's 1847 novel. In 2006, Gainsbourg appeared alongside Gael García Bernal in Michel Gondry's The Science of Sleep. In 2007, she appeared as Claire in the Todd Haynes-directed Bob Dylan biopic I'm Not There, also contributing a cover of the Dylan song "Just Like a Woman" to the film soundtrack. In 2009, she won the award for Best Actress at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival for the film Antichrist. Gainsbourg starred in the French/Australian production, The Tree, released in 2010, and in Lars Von Trier's science fiction disaster film, Melancholia.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Lily S.

Trade Mark (1)

Often works with Lars Von Trier

Trivia (27)

Father is Serge Gainsbourg
Mother is Jane Birkin
Three children with Yvan Attal: son Ben (b. June 1997); daughter Alice (b. November 2002); and daughter Joe Attal (b. July 2011).
The words spoken at the beginning of Madonna's 'What it feels like for a girl' (2001) is actually a line that Charlotte said in The Cement Garden (1993).
Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu engaged her in his movie 21 Grams (2003) because he was a fan of her father Serge Gainsbourg. But he said that he then "fell in love" with her.
At school the other pupils were not always friendly because she was the daughter of Serge Gainsbourg.
Half-sister of Lucien Gainsbourg, Natacha (b. 1964) and Paul (b. 1968), from her father side.
Half-sister of Lou Doillon and Kate Barry (whose father is composer John Barry) from her mother's side.
Member of 'Official Competition' jury at the 54th Cannes International Film Festival in 2001.
At the age of 13, she recorded a duet with her father, Serge Gainsbourg, called "Lemon Incest", which was featured on Serge's 1984 album, "Love On the Beat". The song raised a lot of controversy.
Goddaughter of Yul Brynner.
Granddaughter of actress Judy Campbell.
The face of the brand Gerard Darel since 2003.
Gave birth to her second child at age 31. Daughter, Alice Attal, was born on November 8, 2002. Child's father is her boyfriend, Yvan Attal.
Gave birth to her first child at age 25. Son, Ben Attal, was born on June 12, 1997. Child's father is her boyfriend, Yvan Attal.
[1990s - present] In a relationship with Yvan Attal.
Stepdaughter of Bambou.
Gave birth to her third child at age 39, a daughter named Joe Attal on July 16, 2011. Child's father is her boyfriend, Yvan Attal.
Was originally cast as Kate Connor in Terminator Salvation (2009) but was replaced by Bryce Dallas Howard.
Resides in the elegant 7th arrondissement of Paris, France, her father's birthplace.
Filming The City of Your Final Destination (2009) in Argentina, during December 2006 - January 2007. [December 2006]
Recovered from emergency brain surgery, according to the clinic where she was treated. The 36-year-old had surgery to treat a hematoma caused by a shock to the head. [September 2007]
Filming Golden Door (2006) in Argentina. [June 2005]
Tbilisi, Georgia: She is being filmed in Riad Sattouf's film 'Jacky in Women's Kingdom'. [November 2012]
Her paternal grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants to France. Her mother is of British Isles descent.
Great granddaughter of J.A. Campbell.
Member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival in 2012.

Personal Quotes (29)

I like to play roles different from myself so I can hide behind them.
Girls can wear jeans, cut their hair short, wear shirts and boots, 'cause it's okay to be a boy, but for a boy to look like a girl is degrading.
At the beginning it wasn't to do with the work, it was more the experience.
Everyone gets the feeling that they know you and they know your life, and I felt really embarrassed by that.
I still find it hard to push my own limits. I know where my limits are and that I always have to push myself.
I hope I'll consider my next part, having learnt from this one.
Wanting to do it was much more powerful than the fright.
You think that being a girl is degrading, but secretly, you'd love to know what it's like, wouldn't you?
Letting go of things and not being afraid of being ridiculous or over the top - I think that's the main thing for me to work on.
I found it very difficult to explain to someone why you did a film. It's not like having a conversation.
It's more than a job. It's very personal, so when you're hurt, you're really hurt inside.
I used to hate being recognised.
I was putting all those pressures on myself.
I couldn't do anything else, I enjoy it so much. But I find it tough.
I hated seeing myself on screen. I was full of complexes. I hated my face for a very, very long time.
When you love someone, you don't want them to suffer at all.
I wasn't getting the responses I hoped for. You can't protect yourself from other judgments.
I went on television and I wouldn't say a word; I feel so stupid when I watch them again.
I'm desperate to work again. I've often had those periods, but two years was the longest.
I'm a very shy person towards my intimacy and private life.
In France, you're with the crew, and you have lunch with them. It's more like a family.
The character is close to me, except that I haven't lived through those situations, so it's not completely me.
It's nice that we have all these different films.
The English was really my mother, it was never me. Being the daughter of my father, I always felt very French.
The more you turn down things, the more difficult it becomes to feel that the next one will be right.
The more sincere I could be, the better it would be for the film.
There were always questions about my parents; I got so fed up with that.
You don't even need the director's judgement. It's too much.
I thought people would ask me really personal questions because I've shown more of myself, but it's a comedy, and people understand that it's a game we play.

Salary (4)

L'un reste, l'autre part (2005) €325,000
Lemming (2005) €325,000
Prête-moi ta main (2006) €450,000
Antichrist (2009) €75,000

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