Jane Birkin Dies: British-French Actor and Singer at 76

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jane birkinbeloved Anglo-French actor and singer who spent most of his life in France and is known for his turbulent relationship with the French singer-songwriter Serge GainsbourgHe died on Sunday at his home in Paris. newspaper Le Parisien. He was 76 years old.

The cause of death has not yet been confirmed.

Birkin is best known internationally for his heated duet “Je t’aime… moi non plus”, released in 1969, which he sang a year after Gainsbourg met on the shooting of Pierre Grimblat’s “Slogan.” Although not successful at the time, she had a small but memorable role in Michelangelo Antonioni’s fiery 1966 film “Blow Up.”

Birkin and Gainsbourg had a daughter together, actor and singer Charlotte Gainsburg (“Melancholy,” “Nymphomaniac”). After they broke up in 1980, the duo remained close and continued their artistic collaborations. Birkin has been creatively featured on Gainsbourg’s three albums, “Baby Alone in Babylone” in 1983, “Lost Song” in 1987, and “Amours des feintes” in 1990. fan des sixties” and “Lolita Go Home” and collaborated with other popular musicians such as Etienne Daho.

Birkin had two other daughters: musician Lou Doillon, with French director Jacques Doillon, and late photographer Kate Barry, with her first husband, James Bond composer John Barry.

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Arriving in France in the 1960s, Birkin became a fashion icon in the 1970s, importing effortlessly chic style from “Swinging London”. It even inspired the French luxury brand Hermes to create the Birkin bag.

One of his best-known films is “La Piscine” (“The Swimming Pool”), starring Jacques Deray with Alain Delon and Romy Schneider. It earned three nominations at the Cesar Awards, including “La Pirate,” directed by Jacques Doillon. He made his directorial debut with “Boxes”, which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007.

Her daughter Charlotte played Birkin in the feature-length documentary “Jane by Charlotte” in 2021. The critically acclaimed candid documentary was screened at Cannes and was nominated for a Cesar Award.

Loved for his optimism and humble charm, Birkin suffered a stroke in 2021 and recently broke his shoulder blade, causing him to cancel several concerts in March. Earlier this year, Birkin attended a televised benefit concert hosted by “Les enfoirés”. Just three months ago, in May, Birkin canceled a new concert tour at the Olympia and La Cigale theaters in Paris, making a statement saying that although he was “always a big optimist”, he realized he “needed it”. A little more time to be on stage.” Birkin was also affected by the tragic death of her eldest daughter, Kate Barry, by suicide 10 years ago. Kate’s latest album “Oh! Sorry, you slept…”

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