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Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg

In 1968, Serge Gainsbourg is chosen to star in Pierre Grimblat’s film Slogan for which the director also finds a lovely unknown British model, a certain Jane Birkin. When the two first meet, it’s a real fiasco, Serge Gainsbourg despises the young twig who has nothing in common with his previous lover, the sex symbol, Brigitte Bardot. Sensing their hostile relationship can turn his film into a disaster, Pierre Grimblat decides to bring together the two lonely individuals and organises a dinner at Maxim’s after which they both dance at the Regine nightclub: the trick works, Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg fall madly in love. They rapidly incarnate the 1970s ultimate stylish and sulfurous couple that sings its emotional and physical love in scandalous songs and strikes the pose in irreverent photographies. The exquisite British doll with her flared jeans and straw baskets and the heavy smoker and drinker Pygmalion stage their romantic and sexy relationship, capturing the Zeitgeist of the liberated times they belong to. However, soon, Jane Birkin becomes tired of accompanying her partner in the same nightclubs every night and assisting to his alcoholic and aggressive decline and she difficultly takes the decision to leave in 1980 with her two daughters to move with a younger and more lighthearted man, Jacques Doillon. The separation is brutal but Serge Gainsbourg decides to transform his pain into a tender and moving affection: he becomes Lou Doillon’s godfather and offers Jane Birkin one of her most beautiful albums, Baby Alone in Babylone, in 1984. Their physical relationship had come to an end, Serge Gainsbourg settled with Bambou, Jane with other men but in the public’s mind, the ‘Gainsborough’ remains the musician’s official widow and she lovingly keeps him alive by singing his beautiful repertoire.

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Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Daniel Angeli, 1960's
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Daniel Angeli, 1960's
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin at the projection of Les chemins de Katamandou by B. Laforêt, 1969
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin at the projection of Les chemins de Katamandou by B. Laforêt, 1969
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, 1970's
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, 1970's
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg in Tokyo, 1960's
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg in Tokyo, 1960's
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Francis Giacobetti for Lui, December 1974
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Francis Giacobetti for Lui, December 1974
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Jean-Claude Deutsch, 1971
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Jean-Claude Deutsch, 1971
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin on the beach, 1960's
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin on the beach, 1960's
Jane Birkin, Serge Gainsbourg and Juliette Greco by F. Fodicq, 1960's
Jane Birkin, Serge Gainsbourg and Juliette Greco by F. Fodicq, 1960's
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Tony Frank, 1970's
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Tony Frank, 1970's
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, 1967
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, 1967
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Reg Lancaster, Paris, 1969
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Reg Lancaster, Paris, 1969
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg by Cecil Beaton, 1971
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg by Cecil Beaton, 1971
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Bert Stern for Vogue US, Paris, 1970
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Bert Stern for Vogue US, Paris, 1970
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Bert Stern for Vogue US, Paris, 1970
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Bert Stern for Vogue US, Paris, 1970
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Bert Stern for Vogue US, Paris, 1970
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Bert Stern for Vogue US, Paris, 1970
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Bert Stern for Vogue US, Paris, 1970
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Bert Stern for Vogue US, Paris, 1970
Jane Birkin, 1968
Jane Birkin, 1968
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Jean d'Hugues, 1969
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Jean d'Hugues, 1969
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Bert Stern for Vogue US, Paris, 1970
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Bert Stern for Vogue US, Paris, 1970
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Jeanloup Sieff, Paris, 1970
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Jeanloup Sieff, Paris, 1970
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Reg Lancaster, Paris, 1969
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Reg Lancaster, Paris, 1969
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Benjamin Auger, Paris, 1971
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Benjamin Auger, Paris, 1971
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Benjamin Auger, Paris, 1971
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Benjamin Auger, Paris, 1971
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg by Nicolas Tikhomiroff, 1969
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg by Nicolas Tikhomiroff, 1969
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Benjamin Auger, Paris, 1971
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Benjamin Auger, Paris, 1971
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Benjamin Auger, Paris, 1971
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Benjamin Auger, Paris, 1971
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg by Nicolas Tikhomiroff, 1969
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg by Nicolas Tikhomiroff, 1969
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg by Nicolas Tikhomiroff, 1969
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg by Nicolas Tikhomiroff, 1969
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Ian Berry, London, 1970
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Ian Berry, London, 1970
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Ian Berry, London, 1970
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Ian Berry, London, 1970
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg by Nicolas Tikhomiroff, 1969
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg by Nicolas Tikhomiroff, 1969
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg by John Kelly, 1970
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg by John Kelly, 1970
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg by Noa, New Jimmy's, Paris, 1968
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg by Noa, New Jimmy's, Paris, 1968
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, 1970's
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, 1970's
Jane Birkin and Director Serge Gainsbourg by Georges Pierre on the set of  Je t'aime moi non plus, 1976
Jane Birkin and Director Serge Gainsbourg by Georges Pierre on the set of Je t'aime moi non plus, 1976
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg by Nicolas Tikhomiroff, 1969
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg by Nicolas Tikhomiroff, 1969
Jane Birkin, Charlotte and Serge Gainsbourg and Kate Barry by James Adanson, Saint-Tropez, 1977
Jane Birkin, Charlotte and Serge Gainsbourg and Kate Barry by James Adanson, Saint-Tropez, 1977
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Francis Giacobetti for Lui, December 1974
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Francis Giacobetti for Lui, December 1974
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Francis Giacobetti for Lui, December 1974
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Francis Giacobetti for Lui, December 1974
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, 1970's
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, 1970's
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin for Lui magazine, 1969
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin for Lui magazine, 1969
Jane Birkin, Charlotte and Serge Gainsbourg and Kate Barry by James Adanson, Saint-Tropez, 1977
Jane Birkin, Charlotte and Serge Gainsbourg and Kate Barry by James Adanson, Saint-Tropez, 1977
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, 1970's
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, 1970's
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg by Guy Bourdin, 1970
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg by Guy Bourdin, 1970
Jane Birkin, Serge Gainsbourg and Kate Barry by Roger Picard, Paris, 1969
Jane Birkin, Serge Gainsbourg and Kate Barry by Roger Picard, Paris, 1969
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, 1970's
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, 1970's
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg in Cannabis directed by Pierre Koranilk, 1970
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg in Cannabis directed by Pierre Koranilk, 1970
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Helmut Newton, 1978
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Helmut Newton, 1978
Jane Birkin, Charlotte and Serge Gainsbourg and Kate Barry, 1970's
Jane Birkin, Charlotte and Serge Gainsbourg and Kate Barry, 1970's
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, 1974
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, 1974
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin on the set of  Slogan directed by Pierre Grimblat, 1969
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin on the set of Slogan directed by Pierre Grimblat, 1969
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, 1960's
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, 1960's
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, 1970's
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, 1970's
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, 1970's
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, 1970's
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, 1970's
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, 1970's
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin in Slogan directed by Pierre Grimblat, 1969
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin in Slogan directed by Pierre Grimblat, 1969
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, 1970's
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, 1970's
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, 1970's
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, 1970's
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg by Andrew Birkin in Oxford, 1969
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg by Andrew Birkin in Oxford, 1969
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg by Andrew Birkin in Oxford, 1969
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg by Andrew Birkin in Oxford, 1969
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg by Andrew Birkin, 1969
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg by Andrew Birkin, 1969
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, 1969
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, 1969
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Roger Picard, 1970
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Roger Picard, 1970
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Roger Picard, 1970
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Roger Picard, 1970
Jane Birkin, Regine an Serge Gainsbourg, 1970s
Jane Birkin, Regine an Serge Gainsbourg, 1970s
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Helmut Newton, 1978
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Helmut Newton, 1978
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, 1960s
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, 1960s
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Terry O'Neill, 1969
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Terry O'Neill, 1969
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg in Cannabis directed by Pierre Koralnik, 1970
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg in Cannabis directed by Pierre Koralnik, 1970
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Terry O'Neill, 1969
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Terry O'Neill, 1969
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Claude Gassian, 1974
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Claude Gassian, 1974
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Herman Selleslags, 1960s
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Herman Selleslags, 1960s
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Just Jaeckin, 1960s
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Just Jaeckin, 1960s
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg in Cannabis directed by Pierre Koralnik, 1970
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg in Cannabis directed by Pierre Koralnik, 1970
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg by Andrew Birkin, Compton Beach 1971
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg by Andrew Birkin, Compton Beach 1971
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg by Andrew Birkin, 1969
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg by Andrew Birkin, 1969
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg by François Corbineau, 1969
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg by François Corbineau, 1969
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, 1970s
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, 1970s
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, 1971
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, 1971
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Giancarlo Botti, 1970s
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Giancarlo Botti, 1970s
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