“On July 16, 2023, actress and singer Jane Birkin died on the age of 76,” the French Tradition Ministry tweeted in French on Sunday, July 16, confirming Birkin’s passing. “Her collaborations with the best (Serge Gainsbourg, Etienne Daho and Agnès Varda) have made her a timeless French-speaking icon.”
Additional details about Birkin’s death, together with the trigger, have but to be revealed.
Birkin, who was born in England earlier than finally relocating to France, was identified for her roles in films similar to Evil Below the Solar, Blow-Up, Dying on the Nile and Containers. She was additionally a famed singer, even crooning about her intimate relationship with then-lover Gainsbourg in 1969’s “Je T’aime … Moi Non Plus.”
Throughout her profession heyday, Birkin turned a muse for Hermès after late chairman Jean-Louis Dumas sat subsequent to her on a flight from Paris to London in 1981. Dumas shortly observed contents from Birkin’s straw purse falling out when she tried to stow it within the aircraft’s overhead compartment. After listening to Birkin complain in regards to the bag’s construction, inspiration struck.
Birkin carried her one-of-a-kind purse for a few years earlier than finally asking the brand to remove her name from its crocodile-skin purse in July 2015.
“Having been alerted to the merciless practices reserved for crocodiles throughout their slaughter to make Hermes purses carrying my identify,” Birkin stated in an announcement on the time. “I’ve requested Hermes to debaptize the Birkin Croco till higher practices in step with worldwide norms might be put in place.”
Hermès later informed Us Weekly in an announcement that Birkin had alerted them of her considerations concerning the moral therapy of crocodiles, noting their intentions to launch an investigation into the matter. “Her feedback don’t in any manner affect the friendship and confidence that we’ve shared for a few years,” the model’s assertion learn. “Hermès respects and shares her feelings and was additionally shocked by the pictures lately broadcast.”
They added: “Hermès imposes on its companions the highest standards in the ethical treatment of crocodiles. For greater than 10 years, we’ve organized month-to-month visits to our suppliers. We management their practices and their conformity with slaughter requirements established by veterinary consultants and by the Fish and Wildlife (a federal American group for the safety of nature) and with the principles established beneath the aegis of the U.N.O, by the Washington Conference of 1973 which defines the safety of endangered species.”
The investigation concluded in September 2015 with Birkin telling Reuters in an announcement that she was “happy” by the model’s actions.
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Birkin, who beforehand suffered a mild stroke in 2021, is survived by her daughters Charlotte and Lou, whom she shared with exes Gainsbourg and Jacques Doillon, respectively. The late actress was additionally a mom to daughter Kate, who died in 2013, whom she coparented with ex-husband John Barry.