Charlotte Gainsborg - (When considering this post, I couldn't decide whether I wanted it to be about Charlotte, or the final lover of Serge's life, Caroline Von Paulus. I chose Charlotte in order to illustrate the different ways women coloured his life. Hope you agree with my choice.)
Charlotte Gainsborg, daughter of Serge Gainsborg, refused to let his body go when he died. In fact, her mother had it preserved so that the burial could wait until Charlotte was ready.
As a very small child, Charlotte was taken to nightclubs with her father and mother (Jane Birkin) in a basket. When Charlotte was 13, her and Serge recorded 'Lemon Incest' together, a song which included the lyric: 'the love we will never make.' Inevitably, this caused great scandal; a result which they both relished in.
The week before he died, Serge called up Jane Birkin while he was with Charlotte awaiting a visit to New Orleans. Serge happily told Jane of what Charlotte had said: 'she wants to live with me. She said I was the man she'd been looking for all her life.' Very sweet reflection of all kinds of love - from all corners.
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