Jane Birkin victim of a stroke: the singer and actress cancels her visit to Deauville

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Singer and actress Jane Birkin suffered a mild stroke. His entourage affirms that the 74-year-old artist “is doing well” but will not be able to participate in the Deauville festival.

Jane Birkin, 74, “suffered a mild form of stroke,” “is doing well,” but is canceling her visit to the Deauville American Film Festival, her family said in a statement. The singer and actress “suffered a mild form of stroke a few days ago”, can we read in this short text sent by her agent. “She is doing well, also her relatives wish that we respect the tranquility necessary for her convalescence. Jane is eager to find her audience”, it is still just written.

In addition to his presence at the Deauville festival, the artist’s participation in the Ciné Rencontres festival in the Cotentin this week is also canceled. Jane Birkin was to defend in these cinematographic meetings the film “Jane by Charlotte”, directed by her daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg and presented this summer in Cannes, out of competition.

The favorite Englishwoman of the French

Born December 14, 1946 in London, Jane Birkin remains the favorite Englishwoman of the French, inseparable from Serge Gainsbourg, of whom she was the muse and ambassador. “When I see the French listen to songs that are forty years old, I know that they are part of their history. But they too are part of mine”, she summed up in the publication in 2018 of her diary “Munkey diaries”. It was in this book that she spoke openly about a long-to-fight leukemia that made its first appearance in her life in the late 1990s.

The tender and introspective documentary “Jane by Charlotte” shows the daily life of Jane Birkin, in her house in Brittany, the passion shared with her daughter for dogs, and also tackles the painful subjects of absence and illness. “Our lives revolved around the dead”, Charlotte Gainsbourg exhibited in Cannes, in reference to her father Serge Gainsbourg, icon of French music who died in 1991, and to her half-sister Kate Barry, photographer and daughter of composer John Barry , raised with Serge and died in tragic circumstances at just 46 years old in 2013.

During her last public appearances, Jane Birkin had shown herself in great shape, whether in Cannes or on stage at the Francofolies de La Rochelle, where she sang a repertoire taken from her last album “Oh! “, designed with Etienne Daho, and standards written for her by Serge Gainsbourg.