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Sunday, 5 September 2010

The rock singer behind Jane Eyre

Few people know that the heroine of the film Jane Eyre is not only an actress but also a singer and a song-writer. Charlotte Lucy Gainsbourg (born 21 July 1971) was born in London, and was raised in Paris. She is the daughter of British actress and singer Jane Birkin and French singer-songwriter, actor and director Serge Gainsbourg. Her maternal grandmother was actress Judy Campbell and her uncle is the screenwriter Andrew Birkin, who directed her in The Cement Garden.
Gainsbourg is not married but she has a longtime partner: the French-Israeli actor/director Yvan Attal, with whom she has two children, Ben and Alice.
In 1996 Charlotte played the main role in the adapted version of the book Jane Eyre, written by Charlotte Brontë. In 2000, Gainsbourg appeared on the Madonna album called Music on the track "What It Feels Like For A Girl". There is a long introduction made by Gainsbourg, taken from the film The Cement Garden, which inspired the title of the song.

On 5 September 2007, Gainsbourg was taken to a Paris hospital where she underwent (= went through) surgery for a cerebral hemorrhage. Before this operation, she had been having headaches since a minor water skiing accident in the United States.
In late 2009, Gainsbourg released a studio album produced by Beck. Her song, Trick Pony, appeared at the beginning of Grey's Anatomy episode "Perfect Little Accident".

* Watch the video:

Trick Pony - Charlotte Gainsbourg

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