AboutSerge Gainsbourg (real name Lucien Ginzburg) was a French actor, director, former painter and singer-songwriter, born on April 2, 1928 in Paris, France & dead on March 2, 1991 in Paris. His parents, Joseph & Olga, were Russian who moved to Paris during the civil war. During World War II, the Ginzburgs moved to Limoges. Back to Paris in 1944, he joined the Grand Chaumière & became a painter. In 1948, Lucien did his military service. After that, he painted again, from figurative to surrealism. In 1955, he became a pianist at the cabaret Milord L'Arsouille. He changed his name : Ginzburg became Gainsbourg (tribute to Thomas Gainsborough) & Lucien became Serge. In 1958, his first album came out, but critics ignored it. Same case for the second & third. In 1965, France Gall performed Serge's song "Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son" at the Eurovision Song Contest. In 1967, Serge recorded "Bonnie & Clyde" with Brigitte Bardot. In 1969, his song "Je T'Aime... Moi Non Plus" with Jane Birkin has been successful. In 1971, his daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg was born. The same year, he released his album Histoire De Melody Nelson, arranged by Jean-Claude Vannier. In 1973, Serge got a heart attack. In 1976, he directed his first film "Je T'Aime... Moi Non Plus". In 1979, he released his version of "La Marseillaise", "Aux Armes Et Caetera", really successful. In 1981, Serge released Mauvaises Nouvelles Des Etoiles, with "Gainsbarre" for the first time. He composed albums for Catherine Deneuve & Isabelle Adjani. In 1985, Serge received France's Song Great Prize & his album Love On The Beat has been certified platinum. His audience went to see him during 5 weeks at Paris' Casino. In 1986, his son Lulu Gainsbourg was born. The same year, his daughter Charlotte released her first LP, composed by Serge & including the song "Charlotte For Ever", from the film with the same name. In 1989, Serge got a hepatic lobe removed. He wrote 2 albums, Vanessa Paradis' Variations Sur Le Même T'Aime & Jane Birkin's sublime Amour Des Feintes & finally, Joëlle Ursull's single "White & Black Blues". In 1990, he directed his last film "Stan The Flasher". Impressing with classy melodies & fine lyrics, Serge died in 1991 at 62 years old.