Jane Birkin dead – Actress and fashion icon who had no1 hit with singer Serge Gainsbourg dies aged 76 | The Sun

BRITISH-French star Jane Birkin has died aged 76.

The actress and fashion icon was found at her home in Paris by her caregiver.

She had a long career as an actress in British and French cinema.

She gained worldwide notability through her professional and romantic relationship with famous French singer Serge Gainsbourg, with whom she has a daughter, Charlotte.

The pair recorded a steamy duo "Je t'aime… moi non plus" in 1969 that sparked a scandal.

Despite its worldwide success, it was banned on the radio in several countries.

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"He and I became the most famous of couples in that strange way because of 'Je t'aime' and because we stuck together for 13 years and he went on being my friend until the day he died. Who could ask for more?" Birkin told CNN in 2006.

"So Paris became my home. I've been adopted here. They like my accent," she said.

Her acting career started in the UK with roles in Michelangelo Antonioni's Blowup, and Kaleidoscope and she went on to star in the Agatha Christie films Death on the Nile and Evil Under the Sun.

Back in 2001 she was awarded an OBE and she was also awarded the French Ordre National du Mérite.

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Pictured with her daughter Charlotte at the 48th Cesar Film Awards at L’Olympia in FebruaryCredit: Getty
Her duet Je t'aime with Serge Gainsbourg was a worldwide successCredit: Getty

The star lent her name to the iconic Hermès Birkin after she designed what the perfect bag would look like for former Hermès chief executive Jean-Louis Dumas on a flight to London in 1984.

The duo started talking about the perfect bag after sitting next to each other on the plane.

Birkin was born in London on December 14, 1946 to a naval officer and actress.

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

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