Charlotte Gainsbourg

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Charlotte Gainsbourg
Charlotte Gainsbourg (2010).jpg
Gainsbourg at the inauguration of the Jardin Serge Gainsbourg in Paris, 6 April 2011
Born Charlotte Lucy Gainsbourg
(1971-07-21) 21 July 1971 (age 43)
London, England, UK
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1984–present
Partner(s) Yvan Attal
Children Ben (b. 1997), Alice (b. 2002) and Joe (b. 2011)
Parents Serge Gainsbourg
Jane Birkin

Charlotte Lucy Gainsbourg (born 21 July 1971) is an Anglo-French actress and singer. She is the daughter of English actress Jane Birkin and French singer and songwriter Serge Gainsbourg. After making her musical debut with her father on the song "Lemon Incest" at the age of twelve,[1] she released an album with her father at the age of fifteen. More than twenty years passed before she released three albums as an adult (5:55, IRM and Stage Whisper) to commercial and critical success. Gainsbourg has also appeared in many films, including several directed by Lars von Trier, and has received both a César Award and the Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award.

Background[edit]

Gainsbourg with her mother Jane Birkin in 2011

Gainsbourg was born in London, to Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg,[2] and was raised in Paris. Her maternal grandmother was actress Judy Campbell and her uncle is the screenwriter Andrew Birkin, who directed her in The Cement Garden. Her father was Jewish and her mother is from a Protestant background.[3] Gainsbourg attended École Active Bilingue Jeannine Manuel in Paris and Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil in Switzerland. French is Gainsbourg's first language, but she is also fluent in English.

On her mother's side she has two half sisters, fashion photographer Kate Barry (1967-2013) and singer Lou Doillon. She is a cousin of theatre and opera director Sophie Hunter.[4][5][6]

In 1987 she was the object of a bungled kidnapping.[7]

Gainsbourg's longtime partner is French-Israeli actor/director Yvan Attal,[8] and together they have three children: a son, Ben (b. 1997) and daughters Alice (b. 2002) and Joe (b. 2011).[9][10]

On 5 September 2007, Gainsbourg was rushed to a Paris hospital where she underwent surgery for a cerebral hemorrhage. She had been experiencing headaches since a minor waterskiing accident in the United States several weeks earlier.[11] She is a cousin of theatre and opera director Sophie Hunter.

Career[edit]

Gainsbourg at the 25th César Awards in 2000

Acting[edit]

Gainsbourg at the Venice Film Festival in 2007

Gainsbourg made her motion picture debut playing Catherine Deneuve's daughter in the film Paroles et musique (1984). In 1986, Gainsbourg won a César Award for "Most Promising Actress" for L'effrontée, 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 2003, Gainsbourg starred in "21 Grams", with Naomi Watts, Sean Penn and Benicio del Toro. 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.[12] Gainsbourg starred in the French/Australian production, The Tree, released in 2010, and in Lars von Trier's science fiction disaster film, Melancholia.[13] She was on the jury for the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival in February 2012.[14] In May 2012 Confession of a Child of the Century premiered, where she starred alongside the British musician Pete Doherty.[15]

Gainsbourg collaborated with von Trier once again on his 2013 film Nymphomaniac, in which she plays the lead character. The four-hour film depicts the life of a sex addict from youth to middle age. When asked about the nature of the role, Gainsbourg responded, "The sex scenes weren't so hard. For me it was all the masochistic scenes. Those were embarrassing and, yes, a little humiliating."[16]

Music[edit]

Gainsbourg during the Air concert in Melkweg, Amsterdam on 27 March 2007
Gainsbourg at Webster Hall, NYC, 25 April 2010

Gainsbourg made her musical debut with her father on the song "Lemon Incest" in 1984.[17] Two years later, she released her debut album Charlotte for Ever, which was produced by her father.

In 2000, Gainsbourg was featured on the Madonna album Music on the track "What It Feels Like For A Girl". There is a lengthy spoken intro by Gainsbourg, taken from the film The Cement Garden, which inspired the title of the song. The track was further remixed for the single version of this song in 2001, with Gainsbourg's The Cement Garden speech repeated during the song.

In 2004, she sang a duet with French pop star Étienne Daho on his single "If".

In 2006, Gainsbourg released her second album 5:55 to critical acclaim and commercial success, reaching the top spot on the French charts and achieving platinum status in the country. In the UK, the album was moderately successful, reaching #78 (The single "The Songs That We Sing" only made #129).

In late 2009, Gainsbourg released her third studio album, IRM,[18] which was produced by Beck.[19][20] One of the influential factors in the album's creative process was her time spent filming Antichrist.[21] Gainsbourg's head injury in 2007 influenced the title of the album "IRM", an abbreviation for the French translation of "magnetic resonance imaging". While receiving a brain scan, she began to think about music. "When I was inside that machine," she said, "it was an escape to think about music. It's rhythm. It was very chaotic."[22]

Her song "Heaven Can Wait" was chosen as the Starbucks iTunes Pick of the Week on 2 March 2010.[23] Her song "Trick Pony" appeared at the beginning of the Grey's Anatomy episode "Perfect Little Accident" (Season 6, Episode 16/airdate: 25 February 2010), is featured on the FIFA 11 soundtrack[24] and was used in the 2012 Teleflora Super Bowl advertisement featuring supermodel Adriana Lima.[25]

In 2011, Gainsbourg released the double album Stage Whisper, a collection of unreleased songs from IRM and live tracks.[26] In 2013, Gainsbourg released a cover version of the song "Hey Joe", recorded with Beck, for the soundtrack of the film Nymphomaniac, in which she is the lead actress.[27]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1984 Paroles et musique Charlotte Marker
1985 La tentation d'Isabelle L'enfant
1985 L'Effrontée Charlotte Castang César Award for Most Promising Actress
1986 Charlotte for Ever Charlotte
1988 Le Petit Amour Lucy aka Kung-fu master!
1988 Jane B. par Agnès V. La fille de J. Agnès Varda film
1988 The Little Thief Janine Castang aka La petite voleuse
Nominated-César Award for Best Actress
1990 Il sole anche di notte Matilda
1991 Merci la vie Camille Pelleveau
1991 Aux yeux du monde Juliette Mangin Éric Rochant film
1992 Amoureuse Marie aka The Lover
1993 The Cement Garden Julie
1994 Grosse Fatigue Herself aka Dead Tired
1996 Jane Eyre Jane Eyre
1996 Anna Oz Anna Oz Éric Rochant film
1996 Love, etc. Marie Marion Vernoux film
Nominated-César Award for Best Actress
1999 The Intruder Catherine Girard
1999 La Bûche Milla Robin aka Season's Beatings
César Award for Best Supporting Actress
2000 Passionnément Alice Almeida aka Passionately
2000 Nuremberg Marie Claude Vaillant-Couturier Miniseries
2000 Les Misérables Fantine Miniseries
2001 Félix et Lola Lola Patrice Leconte film
2001 My Wife Is an Actress Charlotte aka Ma Femme est une actrice
2002 La merveilleuse odyssée de l'idiot Toboggan Voice
2003 21 Grams Mary Rivers
2004 Une star internationale Herself Short film
2004 Ils Se Marièrent et Eurent Beaucoup d'Enfants Gabrielle aka ...And They Lived Happily Ever After
2005 L'un reste, l'autre part Judith aka One Stays, the Other Leaves
2005 Lemming Bénédicte Getty
2006 Nuovomondo Lucy Reed aka The Golden Door
2006 Prête-moi ta main Emma aka I Do/Rent a Wife
Nominated-César Award for Best Actress
2006 La Science des rêves Stéphanie aka The Science of Sleep
2007 I'm Not There Claire
2008 The City of Your Final Destination Arden Langdon
2009 Antichrist She Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award
Bodil Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actress
Nominated-Scream Award for Best Actress
Nominated-European Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated-Robert Festival for Best Actress
2009 Persécution Sonia
2010 The Tree Dawn Nominated-César Award for Best Actress
2011 Melancholia Claire Robert Festival for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated-Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated-Bodil Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated-European Film Award for Best Actress
2012 Confession of a Child of the Century Brigitte
2013 Nymphomaniac Joe Bodil Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Pending-European Film Award for Best Actress
2014 Jacky in Women's Kingdom La colonelle
2014 Every Thing Will Be Fine Sara
2014 Samba Alice
2014 Three Hearts Sylvie
2014 Incompresa Madre

Discography[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
FRA
[28]
AUT
[29]
BE (Vl)
[30]
BE (Wa)
[31]
GER
[32]
NLD
[33]
SWE
[34]
SWI
[35]
UK
[36]
US
[37]
1986 Charlotte for Ever - - - - - - - - - -
2006 5:55 1 41 15 2 38 99 57 12 - 196
2009 IRM [39] 4 - 35 8 - - 46 28 62 69
2011 Stage Whisper 84 - - 98 89 - - - - -

References[edit]

  1. ^ Phil Daoust (24 September 2002). "'I have a very easy life'". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Source of real name and birth date: birth certificate provided by the French Ministère des affaires étrangères, according to this web site
  3. ^ "De 7 Hoofdzonden volgens Jane Birkin - Humo: The Wild Site". Humo.be. 11 April 2006. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Sophie Hunter Superstar". Spiegel. 
  5. ^ "Les Heures Ou Je M'Eclipse". Record of the Day. 
  6. ^ "Guy & Sophie Hunter Chambers: Isis Project". WowHD. 
  7. ^ Serge of French logic, Stuart Wavell. The Guardian (1959-2003) [London (UK)] 12 Mar 1987: 36.
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  9. ^ (French) Charlotte Gainsbourg bio : biographie de Charlotte Gainsbourg – Gala. Gala.fr. Retrieved on 24 August 2011.
  10. ^ "Charlotte Gainsbourg a accouché d'une petite Joe". Voici.fr. 22 July 2011. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "Charlotte Gainsbourg has emergency brain surgery". NME. UK. 6 September 2007. 
  12. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Antichrist". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 9 May 2009. 
  13. ^ Latest On Von Trier's Melancholia Empire online. 25 March 2010
  14. ^ "Berlinale 2012: International Jury". berlinale.de. 19 December 2011. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  15. ^ Film role for Peter Doherty The Independent. 9 December 2010
  16. ^ Xan Brooks (5 December 2013). "Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac arouses debate as a 'really bad porn movie'". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  17. ^ Slater, Lydia (3 June 2007). "Charlottes web". The Times (London). Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  18. ^ "Une fin d'année sous le signe de Charlotte Gainsbourg". 29 July 2009. 
  19. ^ "BECK TO APPEAR ON CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG ALBUM". Contact Music. 19 November 2008. 
  20. ^ "Beck collaborates with Charlotte Gainsbourg on new album". NME. UK. 18 November 2008. 
  21. ^ "FROM THE DARKNESS OF SHADOWS: CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG INTERVIEWED". The Quietus. 4 November 2009. 
  22. ^ "Charlotte Gainsbourg's Skull Sessions". L.A. Weekly. 7 February 2010. 
  23. ^ Charlotte Gainsbourg (featuring Beck) – Heaven Can Wait. www.mark-heringer.com (2 March 2010). Retrieved on 24 August 2011.
  24. ^ 6.16 Perfect Little Accident – Grey's Anatomy Thegreysanatomywiki.com. Retrieved on 24 August 2011.
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  26. ^ "Charlotte Gainsbourg: Stage Whisper". Paste Magazine. 12 December 2011. 
  27. ^ "Listen: Charlotte Gainsbourg's Beck-Produced "Hey Joe" Cover From the Nymphomaniac Soundtrack". Pitchfork. 13 December 2013. 
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  34. ^ "Discography Charlotte Gainsbourg". SwedishCharts.com. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
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