FEMME FRIDAY: BRIGITTE BARDOT
Born: Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot
September 28, 1934 in Paris, France
Trademark: Smokey eyes, pouty lips, the Bardot up-do hairstyle
Best Known For: popularizing the bikini, the original "sex kitten," many French films, animal rights activism
Brigitte Bardot was born on September 28, 1934, in Paris, France. Her father had an engineering degree and worked with his father in the family business. Her mother was 14 years younger than Brigitte's father and they married in 1933. Brigitte's mother encouraged her daughter to take up music and dance, and she proved to be very adept at it. By the time she was 15 Brigitte was trying a modeling career, and found herself in the French magazine "Elle". Her incredible beauty readily apparent, Brigitte next tried films. In 1952 she appeared on screen for the first time as Javotte Lemoine in Le trou normand (1952). Two more films followed and it was also the same year she married Roger Vadim. The two had known each other years earlier and she wanted to marry him when she was 17, but her parents quashed any marriage plans until she turned 18. The union lasted only five years. Capitalizing on her success in French films, she made her first US production in 1953 in Un acte d'amour (1953) with Kirk Douglas, but she continued to make films in France. Brigitte's explosive sexuality took the US by storm, and the effect she had on millions of American men who hadn't seen a woman like her in a long, long time–if ever–was electric. In 1965 she appeared as herself in the American-made Dear Brigitte (1965) with James Stewart (she only appeared in one scene). Just before she turned 40, Brigitte retired from movies after filming L'histoire très bonne et très joyeuse de Colinot Trousse-Chemise (1973). She prefers life outside of stardom. While it enabled her to become internationally famous, it also carried with it annoyances. It wasn't anything for her to have "fans" enter her house or wander around the grounds of her home in the hopes of getting a glimpse of her or to take something that belonged to her. Paparazzi constantly hounded her with their cameras. She has been so soft-hearted that some people even have taken advantage of her generosity. After her life in the spotlight, Brigitte went on to become a leading spokesperson for animal rights and started the "Foundation Brigitte Bardot" dedicated solely to that cause. Her work in that realm is, perhaps, far greater than any film she could have made.
Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#9) (1995).
Born to Louis Bardot (1896-1975), nicknamed Pilou, who graduated from an engineering school to go into the family business, which manufactured liquid air and acetylene, and Ann-Marie Mucel (1912-1978), nicknamed Toty, her parents married in 1933. Toty had studied theatre and dance as a young lady, while Pilou wrote poetry in his notebook and published several volumes.
Retired from acting in 1973 at the age of 39 and has since been involved with various animal rights causes.
One of the leading animal rights activists in the world and the head of "Foundation Brigitte Bardot", which is a foundation dedicated to animal rights.
Recorded many popular songs in the 1960s and 1970s.
Breast cancer survivor.
Animal rights activist.
Is a vegetarian.
Measurements: 35-1/2B-19-35 (officially measured October 1958), 36B-20-35 (filming Et Dieu… créa la femme (1956)) (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).
When in '83-'84 she discovered she had breast cancer, she first refused treatment believing it was her fate. It was her fellow actress and friend Marina Vlady who took the plane and went to her Madrague at Saint-Tropez and convinced her to start her treatment.
On experience: “Every age can be enchanting, provided you live within it.”
“I am really a cat transformed into a woman… I purr. I scratch. And sometimes I bite.”