Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte BardotFrom: Paris, France

Brigitte Bardot is a French former actress, singer, and fashion model, who later became an animal rights activist. Bardot was one of the best known sex symbols of the 1950s and 1960s, and often referred to by her initials. In 1969, Bardot became the official face of Marianne (who until this time had been anonymous) to represent the liberty of France.

In her early life, Brigitte Bardot was an aspiring ballerina. She began her acting career in 1952, appearing in 16 comedy films with limited international release. In 1957, Bardot became world-famous for her part in the controversial film And God Created Women. She later stared in Jean-Luc Godard’s 1963 film Le Mépris. She was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress for her role in Louis Malle’s 1965 film Viva Maria! In 1973, Bardot decided to retire from the entertainment industry. During her career, she starred in 47 films, performed in several musical shows, and recorded more than 60 songs. She was awarded the Legion of Honour in 1985, but refused to receive it. After her retirement, Bardot became an animal rights activist. She also created controversy in the 1990s with her criticism of immigration and Islam in France, and has been fined five times for inciting racial hatred.

Brigitte Bardot was born in Paris to parents Louis and Anne-Marie Bardot. The European film industry had begun its ascendancy prior to Bardot coming on the scene, however, she was one of the few European actresses to have mass media’s attention in the United States, something she did not appreciate. Bardot’s acting career began in 1952. Her early films were generally lightweight romantic dramas, often appearing nude.

Bardot also participated in several musical shows and recorded many popular song in the 1960s and 1970s. Most of these were in collaboration with Serge Gainsbourg, Bob Zagury, and Sacha Distel, but she did record some solo material. Arguably the most notable recording of Bardot’s was the notorious “Je t’aime… moi non-plus” she recorded with Gainsbourg. Bardot pleaded that Gainsbourg not release the duet, to which he agreed. Another version was recorded with British-born model and actress Jane Birkin, and this version became a massive hit all over Europe. The version with Bardot was eventually released in 1986 and became a popular download in 2006 when Universal Records made its back catalogue available to purchase. The song ranked as the third most popular download.

In 1952, at the young age of 18, Bardot married director Roger Vadim, seven years her senior. During her marriage, Bardot had an affair with her And God Created Women co-star Jean-Louis Trintignant before divorcing Vadim. In 1958, Bardot recovered from a nervous breakdown, going to Italy to take some time off. It was reported that she attempted suicide with sleeping pills, but her public relations manager denies such a thing ever happening.

Bardot remarried in 1959 to actor Jacques Charrier, by whom she had her only child, Nicolas-Jacques Charrier. She divorced Charrier in 1962, and Nicolas was raised by his father’s family and did not maintain close contact to his mother until adulthood. Bardot’s third marriage was to German millionaire playboy Gunther Sachs. She would divorce again in 1969. Her fourth and current husband is Bernard d’Ormale.

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