Jane Birkin, the woman whose name graces the arm candy of the rich and famous, bid adieu to the world on July 16, 2023. But oh, what a life she led! From being married to the man who composed the James Bond theme to releasing a song that had the Vatican clutching its pearls, Jane Birkin was anything but ordinary. Here are seven trivia facts that will make you say, “No way, that’s Birkin’ crazy!”
1. A Star is Born
Jane Mallory Birkin, born on December 14, 1946, was the daughter of Judy Campbell, an actress who entertained British troops during World War II, and Cmdr. David Birkin of the Royal Navy. Talk about a dramatic entrance!
2. Shaken, Not Stirred
At 18, Birkin tied the knot with John Barry, the man behind the iconic James Bond theme. The couple had a daughter, Kate, who probably had the coolest lullabies ever.
3. Love and Lyrics in Paris
Birkin moved to France in the late 1960s and starred in “Slogan” alongside Serge Gainsbourg. The two fell head over heels and began a decade-long relationship. That’s longer than most Hollywood marriages.
4. The Song that Shocked the World
In 1969, Birkin and Gainsbourg released “Je t’aime…moi non plus”, a song so explicit that it was banned in several countries (BBC included) and condemned by the Vatican.
5. The Birth of the Birkin Bag
In 1984, after a flight mishap involving a broken plastic bag, Birkin complained to Hermès chairman Jean-Louis Dumas about the lack of practical designer bags. The result? The Birkin Bag, a luxury accessory so coveted, its value increased by 38% in 2020, outperforming the stock market!
6. Jane Birkin: A Legacy of Style
Birkin’s daughters, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lou Doillon, followed in their mother’s fashionable footsteps. Her other daughter, Kate Barry, a talented photographer, tragically died in 2013 at 46.
7. The Final Curtain Call
Jane Birkin passed away on July 16, 2023, in Paris. After a mild stroke in 2021, she had been battling health issues. But her legacy? That’s immortal.
We cross-checked our Jane Birkin trivia facts with the world’s finest news providers.
- Reuters: Actress and singer Jane Birkin dies, France loses an ‘icon’
- The New York Times: Jane Birkin, Singer, Actress, and Fashion Inspiration, Dies at 76
- The Guardian: Jane Birkin, actor and singer, dies aged 76