“Keep smiling – it takes 10 years off!” —Jane Birkin
Jane Birkin reveals the naked truth about being a Sixties icon.
By PETRONELLA WYATT
Sitting beside me in the Roundhouse theatre in North London, Jane Birkin says: “All that moaning I did was to ensure people knew it was about sex.”Birkin, our most famous export to the continent, is the original Sixties wild child with skinny limbs and long brown hair, whose love affair with the French icon Serge Gainsbourg electrified the world and resulted in the song Je T’Aime Moi Non Plus.
Now world famous – in France it is the soundtrack to television footage of President Sarkozy and his equally skinny, long-haired lover Carla Bruni – the song caused a furore when Birkin and Gainsbourg recorded it in 1969.