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French/British Singer/Actress Jane Birkin: Dead At 76

Jane Birkin, the internationally acclaimed actress and singer has passed away at the age of 76.

According to Le Parisien and BFM TV, on Sunday (7.17,) the British-French star was reportedly found dead in her Parisian home by her caregiver, though the cause of death has yet to be disclosed. 

Born in London, Birkin started her career in the 1960s as an actress in with such films as Blowup, Kaleidoscope, and La Piscine, and sky rocketed to fame in 1968 with her on and off-screen romantic relationship with the French singer, actor and director Serge Gainsbourg, the father of her daughter and fellow actor/singer Charlotte Gainsbourg. 

In 1969 Birkin and Gainsbourg released a collaborative album, Jane Birkin/Serge Gainsbourg, that featured the controversially explicit song ‘Je t’aime… moi non plus,’ and she also starred in his film of the same name in 1976. 

After the the couple separated in 1980, Birkin continued to work as an actress and singer, releasing numerous solo LPs and appearing in such movies as Death on the Nile and Evil Under the Sun. 

Birkin, who gave her name to the iconic Hermès Birkin designer handbag, was also the mother of the late photographer Kate Barry with her ex-husband, composer John Barry, and musician Lou Doillon with her former partner Jacques Doillon, a director.

Jane Birkin, who had lived in Paris since the late ’60s, suffered a stroke in September 2021, and she was forced to postpone a series of concerts after breaking her shoulder in March 2022.

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Author: Saul Goode

Photo: Nicolas Padovani