Born on May 3, 1955, in Kiel, Germany. Attended the Universities of Hamburg, Bochum and Essen.
1982: Master of Arts in Literature and Linguistics at the University of Essen.
Following graduation, work as unit and production manager for (among others) OASE Film (Essen), PANORAMA FILM (Berlin) and CALYPSO (Cologne).
After 1988, assistant director for film and television productions for, among others, Peter von Zahn, Michael Lentz and Adolf Winkelmann.
Throughout the 1980s: Continual involvement in the independent film and media scenes of West Germany. Baier developed numerous projects, and produced and directed documentaries and short films (some of them in Super8), including the feature-length compilation film Die Mission – Film vom Frieden und seinem Krieg/The Mission – Film of Peace and its War, which premiered at the International Forum of the 1983 Berlinale.
Baier then directed documentary films for the public television broadcasting station WDR and wrote and directed two full-length films (both with N. Kerkhey), Die Splitter der Eisbombe/Splitters of the Ice Bomb (1985) and Frühstück für Feinde/Breakfast of Enemies (1988), for public television broadcasting station ZDF.
Moved to Berlin in 1993.
Since 1997, Jackie Baier is officially a woman. Since her sex change, she has continued working as director of TV series and independent short films and documentaries.
Since 1999, she has put increased emphasis on her freelance photography and has also participated in numerous exhibitions and art fair presentations.
In 2006/7, Jackie Baier presented a selection of 20 photo works and a short film as part of the group exhibition SEX WORK (Neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst, Berlin).
2009 Artist in Residence, Copenhagen/Denmark (DIVA Programme of the Danish Arts Council).
2011 her feature-length documentary HOUSE OF SHAME / CHANTAL ALL NIGHT LONG premiered at the Panorama Section of 61st Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale). Theater release in June, 2012.
2013 her feature-length documentary JULIA premiered at 70. Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica/Biennale di Venezia (Venice International Film Festival / Italy). After more than 30 screenings in international film festivals JULIA won a special mention and 5 awards as Best Documentary. JULIA was released in German theaters in January, 2015.