Brigitte Bardot


Actor
Brigitte Bardot

About

Also Known As
Camille Javal
Birth Place
Paris, FR
Born
September 28, 1934

Biography

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" ...

Photos & Videos

And God Created Woman - Movie Poster
Une Parisienne - Movie Poster
Spirits of the Dead - Pressbook

Family & Companions

Roger Vadim
Husband
Director. Married in 1952; divorced in 1957; died February 11, 2000.
Jacques Charrier
Husband
Actor. Married in 1959; divorced in 1963.
Gunther Sachs
Husband
Businessman. Self-styled international playboy; married on July 14, 1966; divorced in 1969.
Miroslav Brozek
Companion
Actor, sculptor. Lived together in the 1970s; Bardot posed for his sculptures.

Bibliography

"Initiales B.B."
Brigitte Bardot (1996)
"Bardot: An Intimate Portrait"
Jeffrey Robinson (1995)

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)

Biography

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.

Born Sept. 28, 1934 in Paris, France to Anne-Marie Mucel and wealthy industrialist, Louis Bardot, the future star was raised in Paris. Encouraged to study music and dance at an early age, Bardot focused on ballet, studying under Russian choreographer Boris Knyazev for three years; she was later accepted as a student of Paris' Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in 1947. At the age of 15, Bardot took up modeling, appearing in the fashion magazine Jardin des Modes and later landing the coveted cover of Elle in March of 1950. Bardot's cover-shot caught the eye of young film director Roger Vadim who brought Bardot to the attention of his friend, director Marc Allégret. The model was soon offered an audition for Allégret's film "Les Lauriers sont coupés." Though Bardot landed the role, the film never went into production, but she had made a lasting impression on Vadim - the pair went on to marry in 1952, much to the dismay of Bardot's parents who had tried to keep the couple apart until Bardot's turned 18. Bardot made her film debut the same year in Jean Boyer's comedy "Le Trou Normand" ("Crazy for Love") (1952) and went on to appear in supporting roles in a number of French films thereafter.

Bardot went on to make her American film debut in "Act of Love" (1953) starring Kirk Douglas and went on to appear in Warner Brothers' epic "Helen of Troy" (1956). Though she was offered a seven-year contract with the studio, Bardot declined and returned to France to film Marc Allégret's "Futures Vedettes" ("Joy of Loving") (1955). Next, Bardot appeared in the British comedy, "Doctor at Sea" (1955) and landed her first starring role in "La Lumiere d'en Face" ("Female and the Flesh" (1956). Still a rising star, Bardot next appeared in a number of popular French films including "Cette Sacree Gamine" ("Naughty Girl") (1956), "Mi Figlio Nerone" ("Nero's Mistress") (1956) and Allégret's "En Effeuillant la Marguerite" ("Plucking the Daisy") (1956).

As Bardot's career began to take off, Vadim was offered the chance to direct his wife in "Et Dieu Crea la Femme" ("And God Created Woman") (1956). As the coy, sexy Juliette Hardy, an orphan whose beauty has caught the eye of all St. Tropez's men, Bardot made the leap to international stardom. Exuding an uninhibited sexuality unlike any American actress of the time - even Monroe, who skewered more toward a babyish, dumb blonde persona - the film cemented Bardot's status as a sex symbol worldwide. Though her career was at its peak, Bardot's personal life had hit a low point. The actress had an affair with her "Femme" co-star Jen-Louis Trintignant and, inevitably, her marriage to Vadim ended in 1957, though Bardot and Vadim maintained a professional relationship long after. In spite of any personal issues, Bardot would never deny that it was Vadim who had discovered her and changed her life's direction forever.

Now popular in America - a rare thing for a non-English speaking actress - Bardot was offered a reported $225,000 three-picture deal with Columbia. She starred in the French comedy "Une Parisienne" (1957) and followed it with the Vadim-directed "Les Bijoutiers du Clair de Lune" ("The Night Heaven Fell") (1958). Bardot was next slated to appear opposite Frank Sinatra in the Vadim-directed "Paris by Night" but the project eventually fell through. She next starred in "Babette s'en va-t-en Guerre" ("Babette Goes to War") (1959) opposite French actor Jacques Charrier, whom Bardot went on to marry that year.

With Charrier, Bardot gave birth to her first and only child, Nicholas-Jaques Charrier on Jan. 11, 1960 - an experience that Bardot did not enjoy. Her personal life again tumultuous - her marriage to Charrier was much publicized and the pair was constantly hounded by paparazzi - Bardot hit yet another low point emotionally. On her 26th birthday, she attempted suicide for the second time during production on Henri-Georges Clouzot's crime drama "La Verite" ("The Truth") (1960). Bardot completed the film, which became one of the highest grossing films in France the year it was released and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Bardot's personal life proved to be less successful - her marriage to Charrier ended in divorce in 1962 and her son, Nicholas, was raised by the Charrier family following the divorce.

Attempting to get her life back on track and expand her creativity, Bardot branched out into a singing career in the 1960s, releasing the pop album Inside Brigitte Bardot in 1960, followed by Brigitte Bardot Sings in 1963. Bardot also collaborated on a number of popular singles with singer Serge Gainsbourg, whom she also dated. She continued to act as well, starring in ex-husband Vadim's "Le Repos du guerrier" ("Love on a Pillow") (1962) and opposite Marcello Mastroianni as a movie star hounded by the paparazzi in the somewhat autobiographical Louis Malle film, "Vie Privée" ("A Very Private Affair") (1962). Knowing her sex kitten heyday was coming to a close, Bardot withdrew from the public eye for a brief time following the release of "Privée" but returned to the screen in 1963 to star in Jean-Luc Godard's acclaimed "Le Mépris" ("Contempt"). For all of Godard's acclaim as a filmmaker, "Mépris" received mixed reviews at the time of its release. Bardot continued to act, however, and went on to appear as herself in the American film "Dear Brigitte" (1964) starring James Stewart and in Louis Malle's "Viva Maria!" (1965), opposite Jeanne Moreau.

Bardot's box office appeal had been in slow decline for some time, with her next hit not coming until "L'Ours et la Poupee" ("The Bear and the Doll") in 1970. After filming "L'Histoire très bonne et très joyeuse de Colinot Trousse-Chemise" ("The Edifying and Joyous Story of Colinot") in 1974, Bardot retired from acting. Instead, she devoted the rest of her life to political causes - most notably, animal rights. In 1986, Bardot auctioned off a number of her own personal belongings to found the Brigitte Bardot Foundation - an organization devoted to the welfare and protection of animals. Outspoken about animal rights for many years, Bardot became known for her militant stance on the topic. Bardot's outspoken political and personal views garnered negative attention as well - she was convicted four times for "inciting racial hatred" in numerous interviews and publications. A 1998 comment in her book Le Carre de Pluton - about the growing Islam population in France - landed her a fine of 30,000 francs. Bardot received another fine of ?5,000 in 2004 for similar anti-Muslim comments as well as four years later, when she was convicted of inciting racial hatred for the fifth time after speaking out against the Muslim ritual slaughter of animals - specifically, sheep. Through the years, Bardot also received criticism for negative comments about the gay community and racially mixed marriages. Whether one agreed or disagreed, there was no denying Bardot had an opinion and voiced it, unlike many of her fellow sex symbols who came either before or after her 1950s-60s reign.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

L' Histoire tres bonne et tres joyeuse de Colinot Trousse chemise (1973)
Arabelle
Don Juan (Or if Don Juan Were a Woman) (1973)
Jeanne
Boulevard du Rhum (1971)
Linda
Les Petroleuses (1971)
Frenchy
Spirits of the Dead (1969)
Giuseppina
Shalako (1968)
Countess Irina Lazaar
Two Weeks in September (1967)
Cécile
Masculine Feminine (1966)
A Ravishing Idiot (1966)
Penelope Lightfeather
Viva Maria (1965)
Maria Fitzgerald O'Malley, Maria II
Dear Brigitte (1965)
Herself
Contempt (1964)
Camille Javal
Love on a Pillow (1963)
Geneviève Le Theil
Please, Not Now! (1963)
Sophie
Testament of Orpheus (1962)
A Very Private Affair (1962)
Jill
The Truth (1961)
Dominique Marceau
Babette Goes to War (1959)
Babette
The Female (1959)
Eva
Come Dance With Me! (1959)
Virginia
The Night Heaven Fell (1958)
In Case of Emergency (1958)
Yvette Maudet
Une parisienne (1957)
Brigitte
Nero's Mistress (1956)
Poppaea
Helen of Troy (1956)
Andraste
La Mariee est Trop Belle (1956)
Chouchou
Naughty Girl (1956)
The Light Across the Street (1956)
Olivia
Plucking The Daisy (1956)
And God Created Woman (1956)
Juliette Hardy
Doctor at Sea (1955)
Helene Colbert
Frou-Frou (1955)
Futures Vedettes (1955)
The Grand Maneuver (1955)
Lucie
Royal Affairs in Versailles (1954)
Mademoiselle De Rosille
Act of Love (1953)
Mimi
Le Trou Normand (1952)

Music (Feature Film)

A Simple Favor (2018)
Song Performer
Youth in Revolt (2009)
Song Performer
Rush Hour 3 (2007)
Song Performer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Film Portrait (1972)
Other

Cast (Special)

Brigitte Bardot (1992)
Self
Brigitte Bardot (1992)
Herself
Saving the Wildlife (1986)
Brigitte Bardot (1968)
Host

Life Events

1947

Studied at Paris' Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse

1950

Posed for ELLE 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 Inside Brigitte Bardot

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

Photo Collections

And God Created Woman - Movie Poster
And God Created Woman - Movie Poster
Une Parisienne - Movie Poster
Une Parisienne - Movie Poster
Spirits of the Dead - Pressbook
Here is the original campaign book (pressbook) for AIP's anthology horror film Spirits of the Dead (1968), starring Jane and Peter Fonda. Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.

Videos

Movie Clip

Contempt (1963) - Completely, Tenderly, And Tragically Artsy director Jean-Luc Godard makes no explanation for his lighting in this scene introducing principals Camille (Brigitte Bardot) and Paul (Michel Piccoli) in Contempt, 1963, from a novel by Alberto Moravia.
Contempt (1963) - A Story Of That World Ever unorthodox Jean-Luc Godard narrates his own credits, the opening to his 1963 movie-business tale Contempt, starring Brigitte Bardot, Michel Piccoli and Jack Palance, from a novel by Alberto Moravia.
Contempt (1963) - I'll Take A Taxi Big-shot Prokosch (Jack Palance) insists that Camille (Brigitte Bardot) ride with him and husband Paul (Michel Piccoli) is happy to grab a cab, in a key moment in Jean-Luc Godard's Contempt, 1963.
And God Created Woman (1956) - I Brought The Apple First scene, provocative introduction of Brigitte Bardot (as "Juliette") in her star-making role, visited by her much-older lover Eric (Curt Jurgens), and directed by her husband Roger Vadim, from And God Created Woman, 1956.
And God Created Woman (1956) - It's All She Wants Cocksure eldest brother Antoine (Christian Marquand) has found Juliette (Brigitte Bardot) at the town dance, his brothers Christian (Georges Poujouly) and Michel (Jean-Louis Trintignant) annoyed, early in And God Created Woman, 1956.
And God Created Woman (1956) - Stupid Boat! Impetuous Juliette (Brigitte Bardot) has recklessly taken a motorboat out on her own, resulting in a rescue and one last tryst with Antoine (Christian Marquand), in And God Created Woman, 1956, directed by Bardot's husband Roger Vadim.
Une Parisienne (1957) - Inflationary Pressures Teenage Brigitte (Bardot), has installed herself as assistant to Michel (Henri Vidal), with whom she is madly in love, and who is the secretary to her father (Andre Luguet), an important French government minister, in the bedroom farce Une Parisienne, 1957, also starring Charles Boyer.
Dear Brigitte (1965) - Enchante Mademoiselle Bardot Professor-poet Leaf (James Stewart) and famous math prodigy son Erasmus (Billy Mumy), who has insisted on accepting an invitation to meet Brigitte Bardot if he’s to continue to handicap horses to raise scholarship money, arrive for their appointment outside Paris, in Dear Brigitte, 1965.
Night Heaven Fell, The (1958) - There's Been Enough Misfortune So far we know only that Ursula (Brigitte Bardot, with her ex-husband, Roger Vadim directing) is a French schoolgirl visiting Spain, when Stephen Boyd (as Lamberto) insists on riding along to see her aunt (Alida Valli) and uncle (Pepe Nieto), early in The Night Heaven Fell , 1958.
Night Heaven Fell, The (1958) - The Hunt Is Over French teen Ursula (Brigitte Bardot), arrived in Spain to visit her aunt (Alida Valli), has decided she's in love with the local who got into a fight with her uncle (Pepe Nieto) that afternoon, leading to a romp directed by Bardot's ex-husband Roger Vadim, in The Night Heaven Fell, 1958.
Night Heaven Fell, The (1958) - It Charges Like A Bull Roger Vadim has written and directed his ex-wife Brigitte Bardot (as French schoolgirl Ursula, visiting Spain) into a bullfight, which she attends in hopes of meeting handsome Lamberto (Stephen Boyd), whom we know also has a thing with her aunt (Alida Valli) in The Night Heaven Fell, 1958.
Plucking The Daisy (1956) - The Master's Slippers Having fled to Paris after her parents tried sending her to boarding school, Agnes (Brigitte Bardot) thinks she's dropping in on her brother, who told the family he had become a successful painter, but his address is really the Balzac musuem, where he's a guide, in Plucking The Daisy, 1956.

Trailer

Family

Louis Bardot
Father
Liquid gas plant manager. Deceased.
Anne-Marie Bardot
Mother
Arranged for 15-year-old Bardot to model for cover of ELLE.
Mijanou Bardot
Sister
Writer. Three and a half years younger; married to actor Patrick Bauchau.
Nicolas Charrier
Son
Actor. Born in 1960; father Jacques Charrier; brought up by in-laws; married in 1984.

Companions

Roger Vadim
Husband
Director. Married in 1952; divorced in 1957; died February 11, 2000.
Jacques Charrier
Husband
Actor. Married in 1959; divorced in 1963.
Gunther Sachs
Husband
Businessman. Self-styled international playboy; married on July 14, 1966; divorced in 1969.
Miroslav Brozek
Companion
Actor, sculptor. Lived together in the 1970s; Bardot posed for his sculptures.
Bernard D'Ormale
Husband
Political advisor. Age 51 at time marriage; married on August 16, 1992 in Norway; advisor to right-wing extremist Jean-Marie Le Pen.

Bibliography

"Initiales B.B."
Brigitte Bardot (1996)
"Bardot: An Intimate Portrait"
Jeffrey Robinson (1995)

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".