Her family said in a statement carried by AFP on Monday that Jane Birkin, 74, “had a mild type of stroke”, was “fine” but canceled her visit to the American Film Festival in Deauville (Northwest).
The singer and actress “had a mild stroke a few days ago,” can we read in this short text sent by her agent. “She is doing well, her relatives also want us to respect the calm necessary for her purity. Jane is eager to find her audience,” he just wrote.
In addition to his presence at the Deauville Festival, the artist’s participation in the Ciné Rencontres Festival in Cotentin (Northwest) this week has also been cancelled. Jane Birkin in these cinematic encounters was to defend the film “Jane from Charlotte”, directed by her daughter Charlotte Ginsburg and shown this summer in Cannes, out of competition.
Born on December 14, 1946 in London, Jane Birkin remains the favorite of the French, inseparable from Serge Gainsbourg, for whom she was a muse and ambassador. “When I see the French listening to forty-year-old songs, I know it is part of their history. But it is also part of me,” she summed up in her “Munkey diaries” publication in 2018. In this book she spoke candidly about the long-fighting leukemia that emerged For the first time in her life in the late nineties.
Gentle and introspective, the documentary Jane of Charlotte shows the daily life of Jane Birkin, at her home in Brittany, the shared passion with her daughter for dogs, and also addresses the painful topics of absence and disease.
Charlotte Gainsbourg performed in Cannes “Our Lives Are About the Dead,” a reference to her father Serge Gainsbourg, a French music icon who died in 1991, and to her half-sister Kate Barry, a photographer and daughter of composer John Barry, who grew up with Serge and died in tragic circumstances. At just 46 years old in 2013.
During her most recent public appearance, Jane Birkin showed herself in great shape, both in Cannes and on stage at the Francofolies de La Rochelle, singing a repertoire from her latest album “Oh! Sorry, I was sleeping…”, designed with Etienne Daho, to standards by Serge Ginsburg.
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