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Jane Birkin: Iconic Actress and Singer Passes Away at 76

Actress And Singer 'Jane Birkin' Dies At 76

Jane Birkin, the renowned singer and actress known for her captivating performances and partnership with Serge Gainsbourg, has died at the age of 76. With her distinctive voice and undeniable charm, Birkin became a beloved figure in both the music and film industry.

The news of her death was announced by the French culture minister, following reports of her untimely demise at her home in Paris. Birkin had previously suffered a mild stroke in 2021.

Jane Birkin: Iconic Singer and Actress of the ’60s and ’70s


Jane Birkin, originally from London, achieved worldwide fame as a singer in France. Her daring collaboration with Serge Gainsbourg on the banned song “Je t’aime…moi non plus” brought her immense recognition. Their intense relationship lasted 13 years and gave birth to Charlotte Gainsbourg, an actress, singer, and director.

Despite their ups and downs, Birkin considered Gainsbourg her closest friend until his passing. Her influence extended beyond music, becoming an iconic figure of the 1960s and ’70s and even inspiring the renowned Birkin bag by Hermes.

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The Iconic Birkin: From Film Debut to Fashion Icon

Jane Birkin’s film career started with a notable role in Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow-Up (1966), and she went on to appear in films like Death on the Nile (1972) and Evil Under the Sun (1982). Her unique style made her a fashion icon and It-girl of the 1970s. The renowned Birkin bag, named after her by Hermes in 1984, remains an iconic accessory.

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Birkin had daughters with composer John Barry and director Jacques Dillon, including the singer Lou Doillon.