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PARIS − Actress and singer Jane Birkin, who charmed France with her English grace, style and accented French and made the country her home, has died at age 76, according to France’s Culture Ministry and French media.
The London-born star was widely admired for her fashion style and known for her musical and romantic relationship with French singer Serge Gainsbourg. Their songs notably included the steamy “Je t’aime moi non plus,” with Birkin’s ethereal, British-accented singing voice interlacing with his gruff baritone. Her many films included roles in 1966’s “Blow-Up” and 1978’s “Death on the Nile.”
The star is famously known as the inspiration behind the Birkin bag, a designer purse made by Hermès. The exclusive bags, which retail for $9,000 to $500,000 and are difficult to come by, are beloved by celebrities such as the Kardashians, Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Victoria Beckham and Lady Gaga.
Birkin was also celebrated in France for her political activism. In 2022, she joined other French stars in chopping off hair in support of Iranian women protesting oppressive modesty laws. Charlotte Gainsbourg, Birkin’s daughter with Gainsbourg, cut off a lock of her mother’s hair to honor Mahsa Amini, who died after being arrested by morality police.
French news outlets Liberation and BFM TV reported that Birkin was found dead at her home in Paris. French newspaper Le Figaro reported that Birkin had suffered from health issues in the past few years that kept her from performing and her public appearances became sparse.
Cardi B addresses Birkin bag criticism: ‘Y’all don’t do this to these white celebrities’
The French Culture Ministry tweeted that Birkin died Sunday. It hailed her as a “timeless Francophone icon.”
BFM TV said Birkin suffered a mild stroke in 2021, forcing her to cancel shows that year. She canceled her shows again in March due to a broken shoulder blade.
A return to performing in May was put off, the French broadcaster said, quoting the singer as saying she needed a bit more time and promising her fans she would see them again come the fall.
Contributing: Rasha Ali and Kim Willis, USA TODAY

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