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Serge Gainsbourg Poster

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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 2 April 1928Paris, France
Date of Death 2 March 1991Paris, France  (natural causes)
Birth NameLucien Ginsburg
Nickname Gainsbarre
Height 5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Serge Gainsbourg was born on April 2, 1928 in Paris, France as Lucien Ginsburg. He was married to Françoise Pancrazzi and Élisabeth Levitzky. He died on March 2, 1991 in Paris.

Spouse (2)

Françoise Pancrazzi (7 January 1964 - 20 October 1966) (divorced) (2 children)
Élisabeth Levitzky (3 November 1951 - 9 October 1957) (divorced)

Trivia (13)

Buried in the exclusive Montparnasse cemetery Paris, France.
Father, with Jane Birkin, of Charlotte Gainsbourg (born on July 21, 1971).
Father of Lucien Gainsbourg (born on January 5, 1986), with Caroline aka Bambou.
Had two children from Elisabeth Pancrazzi (also known as Béatrice Pancrazzi): Natacha (born on August 8, 1964) and Paul (born in Spring 1968).
Born to Joseph Ginsburg (1896-1971) and Olia Bessman (1894-1985), Russian Jews who fled to France after the 1917 Bolshevik uprising, he grew up with an older sister, Jaqueline (born in 1926) and a twin sister, Liliane. His elder brother Marcel died at an early age.
Many French celebrities including Catherine Deneuve, Johnny Hallyday, Françoise Hardy and Isabelle Adjani attended his funeral (7 March 1991).
His home on rue de Verneuil in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district in Paris is still covered in graffiti and poems.
Wrote for his god-daughter France Gall the winning song "Poupée de cire, poupée de son" at The Eurovision Song Contest (1965).
Being a guest on Michel Drucker's Saturday night live show, he was interviewed together with Whitney Houston and exclaimed to the host "I want to f... her!".
Became infamous for his provocative and controversial appearances on French television in the 1980s, often showing up unshaved and drunk.
Discovering that Gainsbourg made his wife Rita Marley sing erotic lyrics, Bob Marley was furious.
Due to his explicit eroticism, his song "Je t'aime...moi non plus", sung by his then lover Jane Birkin, became his biggest international hit in 1969. Ironically, he recorded the original version with Brigitte Bardot, who later pleaded him not to release it, one year before.
French poet, singer-songwriter, actor and director, becoming a musical legend due to his varied style and individuality.

Personal Quotes (3)

Quand Gainsbarre se bourre, Gainsbourg se barre.
Ugliness has more going for it than beauty. It endures.
There's a trilogy in my life, an equilateral triangle, shall we say, of Gitanes, alcoholism and girls.

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