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About Jane Birkin

Jane Mallory Birkin, OBE (born 14 December 1946) is an English-French actress, singer, songwriter, and model.


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1

Keep smiling – it takes 10 years off! Jane Birkin


2

When you start recognising that you’re having fun, life can be delightful. Jane Birkin


3

A Birkin bag is a very good rain hat; just put everything else in a plastic bag. Jane Birkin


4

It’s usually a jolly good trick to pick up a local tour guide. They can tell you all the anecdotes that make a place interesting. I’m one for rushing off to museums at the crack of dawn, eating fabulous things on terraces for lunch, and enjoying long dinners on balmy evenings. Jane Birkin


5

If I were mayor, I’d invite everyone to have free boat trips on the river and free balloon rides over the city. I’d let the elderly in residential homes wander free. Jane Birkin


6

My mother was right: When you’ve got nothing left, all you can do is get into silk underwear and start reading Proust. Jane Birkin


7

I have never written a book about my life, despite being offered purses of gold. I made ‘Boxes’ because I wanted to make a sincere depiction of a daughter who has lost her father, or the jealousy one can feel towards a daughter who has become more beautiful than you and whose stepfather starts to take her shopping. Jane Birkin


8

I feel most comfortable in an old pair of jeans, Converse, and a man’s jersey. My best friend cuts my hair with kitchen scissors. Jane Birkin


9

I know what it’s like to have someone coming home who looks at you not in the way they used to in the old days, and I’ve seen my own face contorted with sadness and rage in the mirror. Jane Birkin


10

People always like things that seem exotic. Jane Birkin


11

Nothing has ever touched on what fun childhood was. Summer holidays were bliss. We made home movies, with real stories in them. My father had such charm and charisma, and made everything so funny. Jane Birkin


12

At school, I used to hear, ‘You’re a half-caste.’ They’d laugh at my figure and say, ‘Are you a boy or a girl?’ Jane Birkin


13

I don’t like getting older, but there’s nothing I can do. Hitting 60 wasn’t great, but I think I was lucky in not being that beautiful; it can be really cruel on people who have been stunning. Jane Birkin


14

I’d rather live on my own than live with a face that looks at me with the wrong eyes. Jane Birkin


15

He painted me when I was young because he was in love with me, but now that he has loved me he doesn’t paint me anymore. Jane Birkin


16

I don’t know why people keep banging on about the ’60s. I came from a conventional family and I didn’t go off with different people – I rather wish I had now, seeing all the fun everyone else was having. Jane Birkin


17

Robert Louis Stevenson… I’m focusing on the late short stories that I was ignorant of. I always thought he was a boys’ author, but he’s not at all. Jane Birkin


18

I think there is an extreme charm in the French, and actually it’s their bolshiness that makes them such fun. Jane Birkin


19

One of the things I’ve discovered, thanks to the Japanese, is that you should enjoy yourself. In the old days, I used to think: ‘Oh, never be satisfied, never admit to being happy.’ But there’s no curse in being happy. Jane Birkin


20

I had a baby at 19 and was a grandmother by 39. Now, my children lend me their children to take them off to Brittany. It’s divine. I’m quite exceptionally lucky. I’ve never had a week without having all three of my daughters on the telephone. Jane Birkin


21

Any film I see at two o’clock in afternoon with my mother seems to cast a strange spell that means we both come out sobbing. Jane Birkin


22

I grind my teeth and keep my thumbs in so tight that I’ve dislocated them, just not to scream. Sometimes as an actor one is lucky enough to be asked to scream. Jane Birkin


23

I love Dickens because it makes me chuckle to myself so. He has taken me to another world and out of so many earthly miseries. Jane Birkin


24

I only like boutiques. Jane Birkin


25

If you fall in love with a country and its people, that makes any country warm to you. Jane Birkin


26

When I was at school I used to scream in trains, in those concertina things between the carriages. I used to try to be so good that sometimes I couldn’t bear it any more. Jane Birkin


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