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Jane Birkin: Artist and style icon’s life in pictures

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The singer and actress Jane Birkin has died at the age of 76.

The English-French star was born in London in 1946 and later relocated to France, where she met singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg and embarked on a tumultuous professional and personal relationship.

She continued her singing career in the 1990s and beyond, regularly performing at French music festivals. Birkin was also a lifelong pro-democracy and animal rights activist.

French President Emmanuel Macron described her as a “French icon” who “embodied freedom” and “sang the most beautiful words of our language”.


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With Serge Gainsbourg in London in 1977

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Jane Birkin on holiday in Saint-Tropez with her daughter Kate Barry, Sergei Gainsbourg and their baby daughter Charlotte in the 1970s

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Jane Birkin in 1985

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Jane Birkin during a visit to a refugee camp in Myanmar in 2010. She was a longtime pro-democracy activist

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British actress and singer Jane Birkin performs on stage at the Festival Antigel in Geneva, Switzerland, 09 February 2018

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Birkin and her daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg at the Cesar Film Awards in Paris in February 2023

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