While they are promoting the documentary Jane by Charlotte, Jane Birkin and Charlotte Gainsbourg gave an interview to the Journal du Dimanche on Saturday, January 1, 2022. For the occasion, the 75-year-old actress returned to her love affairs and the first names chosen for his three daughters.
Jane Birkin explained why Charlotte Gainsbourg, born in 1971 from her relationship with Serge Gainsbourg, was the only one of her daughters to have a middle name. She confided to her daughter: “In fact, I wanted to call you Lucy, but Serge found that it did not sound good in French. He preferred Charlotte. He won, but I imposed Lucy behind”.
Jane Birkin confided in the first names given to her other daughters.
Before living a long love affair with Serge Gainsbourg, Jane Birkin shared the life of the English composer John Barry. In 1967, his eldest daughter Kate Barry was born and the young actress did not leave the choice of the first name to the father. She told the Sunday Journal: “Her father wanted something very Irish: Shevonne, like her first daughter Sian. I imposed Kate. Kate, it was so categorical that another name would have damaged her.” Kate Barry died in December 2013, after falling from the fourth floor of her apartment building.
Regarding her third daughter, Lou Doillon, Jane Birkin also has an explanation regarding the choice not to give her a middle name. She explained that she and the director Jacques Doillon agreed on the first name and that they had therefore not thought of a second: “We had planned to call him also Lou if it had been a boy” she declared.
Jane Birkin, Lou Doillon, Yvan Attal and Charlotte Gainsbourg © Guillaume Gaffiot