Actress and Model Jane Birkin, 76, Dies of Covid Related Illness
British-French singer and actress whose collaboration with the artist Serge Gainsbourg made her a defining figure of the 1970s and whose personal style inspired a luxury handbag, has died at 76.
July 19, 2023
The modeling and fashion world is mourning the loss of Jane Birkin at 76. An iconic actress and model, she moved from her native Britain to France, where she found fame singing with Serge Gainsbourg.
"Jane Birkin, the British-French singer and actress whose collaboration with the artist Serge Gainsbourg made her a defining figure of the 1970s and whose personal style inspired a luxury handbag, has died at 76." tweeted the NY Times on July 16, 2023.
"Farewell to this endlessly inspirational icon. I thought Jane Birkin would be with us for so much longer. Her effortless style remains so timeless and prevalent today. I've admired her for so many years for her free spirit and consummate artistry. We might not all have a Birkin bag, but perhaps carry a bag made of straw in her honor today." tweeted Vintage Los Angeles.
"Jane Birkin died today, and all I can think of is how in her interviews she would speak about Art, fashion but also about Proust and how she finds Dickens funny to read," tweeted Zineb Riboua. "It's quite amazing how most celebrities today are illiterate compared to those of just a few decades ago."
"It was Ms. Birkin's personal and artistic relationship with Mr. Gainsbourg," says the NYTimes, "that made her famous overseas, especially following their 1969 hit song "Je t'aime... moi non plus" ("I Love You... Me Neither"). In America, Ms. Birkin was mostly known for lending her name to the famous Hermès handbags, status symbols with a distinct strap fastener and signature latch"
"The most Parisian of the English has left us," the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, wrote in a message on Twitter. "We will never forget her songs, her laughs and her incomparable accent which have always accompanied us."
Ms. Birkin suffered a mild stroke in 2021 and had recently canceled a series of concerts because of health issues.
She is survived by two daughters she had with Mr. Gainsbourg and the French film director Jacques Doillon: the singer-actresses Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lou Doillon, each of whom has, like their mother, inspired designers and followers of fashion. Another daughter, Kate Barry, a photographer, whom she had with the film composer John Barry, died at 46 in 2013 in a fall from the window of her fourth-floor Paris apartment.
Birkin about accessorising her eponymous Birkin bag: https://twitter.com/veIvetpearIs/status/1680635113997209600?s=20