In Memoriam: Jane Birkin

On 16 July 2023, the British-French singer and actress Jane Birkin died in Paris at the age of 76.
Jane Mallory Birkin, who was born in London on 14 December 1946, celebrated an international success in 1969 with the song “Je t’aime … moi non plus”, composed by Serge Gainsbourg. The song, originally written for Brigitte
Bardot, was considered offensive in parts and was blacklisted by numerous radio stations. This is probably why it sold more than a million copies in just a few months. Birkin and Gainsbourg, who were married from 1969 to 1980, worked together musically for many years, releasing 10 albums together. After Gainsbourg’s death in 1991, Jane Birkin released 12 more albums, some in collaboration with other artists. In addition to her career as a singer, Jane Birkin played initially light, but from 1980 increasingly character roles in 54 films between 1965 and 2016.