Actress Jane Birkin, renowned as a cultural symbol in France, passes away at the age of 76.
Renowned as a singer, actress, and fashion icon, Jane Birkin has passed away at the age of 76. The English-French star, known for her artistic collaboration and personal relationship with songwriter Serge Gainsbourg, gained international fame through their iconic duet "Je T'aime...moi non plus."
Birkin's influence extended beyond music, as she served as the inspiration behind the globally popular Birkin handbag by Hermès. Although born in London, she found success in singing in French and eventually moved to France in the 1970s.
French President Emmanuel Macron hailed Birkin as a "French icon" and a "complete artist," leaving behind a lasting legacy of unforgettable melodies and captivating images. Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne acknowledged Birkin's ability to transcend generations.
Despite their tumultuous relationship, Birkin and Gainsbourg remained friends after their 12-year romance, and he continued to write songs for her. Their daughter, Charlotte Gainsbourg, followed in their footsteps as an acclaimed actress and singer. Birkin's 2020 diaries shed light on the challenges they faced, including Gainsbourg's alcoholism and instances of violence.
Nevertheless, Birkin staunchly defended him against accusations, upholding his legacy even after his death in 1991. Reflecting on their unconventional lifestyle, she pondered if she had done right by her children, acknowledging the complexities that came with their fame and unique upbringing.