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British celebrity Jane Birkin – France’s favorite ‘anglaise’ – dies

VILNIUS – British actress and singer Jane Birkin was found dead at her home in Paris, newspaper Le Parisien and broadcaster BFM reported on Sunday, citing people close to her.

Birkin was an icon in her adopted France, famous for her tumultuous relationship with legendary singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg and her heavily accented French, which became hallmarks for her personal style.

She crossed the Channel in 1968, at the age of 22, to star in a film alongside Gainsbourg, who was 18 years her senior.

It was the beginning of a 13-year relationship that has made them France’s most famous couple, noted as much for their bohemian and hedonistic lifestyle as for their work.

The doe-eyed Birkin, with its soft voice and androgynous silhouette, quickly became a sex symbol, capturing a steamy duet with Gainsbourg growling in 1969, “Je t’aime… moi non plus”.

Banned from radio in several countries and condemned by the Vatican, the song was a worldwide success.

“He and I became the most famous couple in that weird way thanks to ‘Je t’aime’ and because we’ve been together for 13 years and he continues to be my friend to the day he passed. life. Who could ask for more?” Birkin told CNN in 2006.

“So Paris became my home. I was adopted here. They like my accent,” she said.

Cake in the face

Birkin, born in London on December 14, 1946, is a naval officer and actor.

At the age of 17, she married James Bond composer John Barry, with whom she had a daughter Kate, but the marriage lasted only three years.

Her film debut in 1966 made waves with its full frontal nudity in Michelangelo Antonioni’s sixties classic Blow Up.

After meeting Gainsbourg, 18 years her senior, in Paris on the set of a romantic comedy – he was her co-star – she moved to France permanently.



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