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April 16, 2023

30 Photos of Teenage Charlotte Gainsbourg in the 1980s

Gainsbourg was born on July 21, 1971 in the Marylebone area of Central London to English actress and singer Jane Birkin and French musician Serge Gainsbourg. Gainsbourg was born at the height of her parents’ fame; they had made headlines several years earlier with the sexually explicit song “Je t’aime... moi non plus” and by that point had become notorious for their turbulent relationship and multiple artistic collaborations. As a result, her birth and childhood were well publicized.

At birth, she received the surname of Gainsbourg, her father’s stage name, but at the age of 18 she changed her surname to Ginsburg, her father’s legal surname. She has continued to use the Gainsbourg name professionally.

Her maternal grandmother was actress Judy Campbell, and her uncle is screenwriter Andrew Birkin, who directed her in The Cement Garden. She is a cousin of theatre and opera director Sophie Hunter. Gainsbourg’s father was Jewish, whereas her mother is from a Protestant background. 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.

Gainsbourg was raised in Paris alongside her half-sister, Kate Barry, from her mother’s marriage to composer John Barry. 

By 1980, her parents’ relationship had dissolved and her mother left her father for the director Jacques Doillon. Her half-sister, Lou Doillon, was born in 1982 as a result of the union. Gainsbourg would go on to work with her stepfather in the film The Temptation of Isabelle in 1985 and later in Amoureuse in 1992, which also starred her future partner Yvan Attal. In 1987, she was the target of a bungled kidnapping.

After her parents separated, Gainsbourg’s father descended into alcoholism, eventually dying of a heart attack in 1991. Gainsbourg remained devoted to preserving his legacy and preserved his home, saying she hoped to eventually turn it into a museum. She eventually abandoned the project and decided to maintain the house as a private residence instead.

Below is a collection of 30 wonderful photos of Charlotte Gainsbourg when she was a teenage girl in the 1980s:


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