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Also Known As: Camille Javal Died:
Born: September 28, 1934 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Paris, FR Profession: actor, singer, model, animal rights activist

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With a coquettish allure like no other actress of her time, Brigitte Bardot became a member of a rare club - that of foreign-language stars who attain international success on the silver screen. The original sex kitten - a term actually coined for the French actress - Bardot's sultry appeal made her a star in Europe in the 1950s. With the international success of "Et Dieu Crea la Femme" ("And God Created Woman") (1956), Bardot became an international sex symbol. Credited with popularizing the bikini, Bardot's uninhibited sexuality was unlike any American star of her era, save perhaps Marilyn Monroe. Bardot brought more to the film world than just sex appeal, however; her popularity proved to be a key factor in establishing a market for foreign films in English-speaking countries. Bardot would go on to age gracefully in her native land and become one of the most outspoken advocates of animal rights, proving she was always much more than a beautiful face and muse of inspiration for everyone from musicians to filmmakers to fashion designers. In fact, decades later, German supermodel Claudia Schiffer owed her entire career to Bardot, as she became the face of Guess, Inc. in the early 1990s, due simply to...

With a coquettish allure like no other actress of her time, Brigitte Bardot became a member of a rare club - that of foreign-language stars who attain international success on the silver screen. The original sex kitten - a term actually coined for the French actress - Bardot's sultry appeal made her a star in Europe in the 1950s. With the international success of "Et Dieu Crea la Femme" ("And God Created Woman") (1956), Bardot became an international sex symbol. Credited with popularizing the bikini, Bardot's uninhibited sexuality was unlike any American star of her era, save perhaps Marilyn Monroe. Bardot brought more to the film world than just sex appeal, however; her popularity proved to be a key factor in establishing a market for foreign films in English-speaking countries. Bardot would go on to age gracefully in her native land and become one of the most outspoken advocates of animal rights, proving she was always much more than a beautiful face and muse of inspiration for everyone from musicians to filmmakers to fashion designers. In fact, decades later, German supermodel Claudia Schiffer owed her entire career to Bardot, as she became the face of Guess, Inc. in the early 1990s, due simply to her amazing resemblance to the actress - proving the Bardot look of wild, cascading blonde hair and pouty lips would never go out of style.

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CAST: (feature film)

3.
 Boulevard du Rhum (1971) Linda
4.
 Les Petroleuses (1971) Frenchy
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 Spirits of the Dead (1969) Giuseppina
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 Shalako (1968) Countess Irina Lazaar
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 Two Weeks in September (1967) Cécile
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 A Ravishing Idiot (1966) Penelope Lightfeather
10.
 Dear Brigitte (1965) Herself
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1947:
Studied at Paris' Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse
1950:
Posed for <i>ELLE</i> magazine at age 15
1952:
Film acting debut in "Le trou normand/Crazy For Love"
1953:
Made U.S. film debut in "Act of Love" opposite Kirk Douglas
1956:
Cast as Andraste in the Warner Bros. epic "Helen of Troy"
1956:
Starred in "...And God Created Woman"; film directed by husband Roger Vadim
1959:
Co-starred with second husband Jacques Charrier in "Babette Goes to War"
1960:
Released the pop album <i>Inside Brigitte Bardot</i>
1963:
Returned to the screen with a starring role in Jean-Luc Godard's acclaimed "Le mépris" ("Contempt")
1974:
Retired from film to devote her life to animal rights' causes
1976:
Founded Brigitte Bardot Foundation (which folded but was relaunched in 1986)
1984:
Opened boutique in Saint-Tropez, La Madrague, with profits going to animal causes
1987:
Auctioned jewels and mementos from her film career to create animal protection foundation
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Notes

"She has fewer and fewer friends and doesn't like the human race. The animals have become the only important thing in her life. I think she'll grow old with them ... She was always allergic to fame, power, and everything that connoted success. The innocence and honesty of animals reassured her." --Roger Vadim (Fame, August 1990)

"I felt like a stranger in my parents' house. I was shy and had dreadful complexes as a child. I always thought I was ugly, and at first the critics agreed with me. They said I looked like a common maid; they said I was 'ordinary,' which is much worse than vulgar."--Bardot (Fame, August 1990)

"I really wanted to die at certain periods in my life. Death was like love, a romantic escape. I took pills because I didn't want to throw myself off my balcony and know people would photograph me lying dead below." --Bardot (Fame, August 1990)

Awarded the French Legion of Honor in 1985.

Bardot was successfully sued by her son Nicholas and his father Jacques Charrier over descriptions she included in her memoirs. She referred to her son as a "tumor" and to Charrier as "vulgar macho". A French court ordered Bardot to pay $26,000 to Charrier and $17,000 to her son.

In June 2000. a French court convicted her of inciting "discrimination, hatred or racial violence" after making statements regarding a Muslim festival during which sheep were slaughtered. Bardot, a strident animal rights activist, was also fined $3000 for stating "my country, France, my homeland, my land is again invaded by an overpopulation of foreigners, especially Muslims" to the authors of the book "Pluto's Square".

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husband:
Roger Vadim. Director. Married in 1952; divorced in 1957; died February 11, 2000.
husband:
Jacques Charrier. Actor. Married in 1959; divorced in 1963.
husband:
Gunther Sachs. Businessman. Self-styled international playboy; married on July 14, 1966; divorced in 1969.
companion:
Miroslav Brozek. Actor, sculptor. Lived together in the 1970s; Bardot posed for his sculptures.
husband:
Bernard D'Ormale. Political advisor. Age 51 at time marriage; married on August 16, 1992 in Norway; advisor to right-wing extremist Jean-Marie Le Pen.
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father:
Louis Bardot. Liquid gas plant manager. Deceased.
mother:
Anne-Marie Bardot. Arranged for 15-year-old Bardot to model for cover of ELLE.
sister:
Mijanou Bardot. Writer. Three and a half years younger; married to actor Patrick Bauchau.
son:
Nicolas Charrier. Actor. Born in 1960; father Jacques Charrier; brought up by in-laws; married in 1984.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Bardot: An Intimate Portrait"
"Initiales B.B."

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