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Charlotte Gainsbourg

Charlotte Gainsbourg

Biography

Charlotte Gainsbourg was born into show business. The daughter of the acclaimed English actress/singer/model Jane Birkin and the brilliant French songwriter Serge Gainsbourg, Charlotte started her professional career at age 13. While she became one of France's leading movie actresses (appearing in many English-language films as well), Charlotte has a short but significant CV as a recording artist. An infamous provocateur, Serge Gainsbourg cut the duet "Lemon Incest" with his daughter when she was barely in her teens. In real life, Serge was a doting father, and he recorded an entire album for her in 1986. During the rest of the 1980s and '90s, Charlotte concentrated on acting, earning her place as a celebrated teen actress and an unconventional leading lady. In 2006, Gainsbourg returned to recording, cutting the album 5:55 with an impressive guitar-pop dream team -- Air, Jarvis Cocker (Pulp) and Neil Hannon (the Divine Comedy) crafted songs with the singer and producer Nigel Godrich, who has worked with Beck and Radiohead. She then joined up with Beck for the 2009 album, IRM.
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