Legendary French actor and singer Jane Birkin has passed away at the age of 76.
French President Emmanuel Macron also confirmed the news on Twitter. “Because she embodied freedom, because she sang the most beautiful words of our language, Jane Birkin was a French icon,” he wrote. “A complete artist, her voice was as sweet as her engagements were fiery. She bequeaths us tunes and images that will never leave us.”
Jane was a prolific actor who worked with acclaimed directors like Michelangelo Antonioni, Jacques Rivette, and Agnès Varda.
Jane also inspired Hermés’ “Birkin bag,” which was created in 1984 after an encounter between her and former Hermès chief executive Jean-Louis Dumas on a flight.