Brigitte Bardot
French actress and animal welfare activist
Brigitte Bardot
Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot is a former French actress, singer and fashion model and now an animal rights activist. She was one of the best known sex symbols of the 1950s and '60s. Starting in 1969, Bardot's features became the official face of Marianne to represent the liberty of France. Bardot was an aspiring ballet dancer in early life.
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Former vacation home of Brigitte Bardot is for sale in southeastern France
LATimes - 6 months
The former vacation home of French actress-singer-model Brigitte Bardot is for sale for about $5.65 million. Found within walking distance of the village of Peymeinade, in the hills overlooking the French Riviera, the stone-lined residence is where Bardot retreated to in her early 20s after divorcing...
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Weekend Roundup: What the Burkini Ban Reveals
The Huffington Post - 6 months
In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Nice and elsewhere in the country, several towns along the sunny beaches in the south of France where a scantily clad Brigitte Bardot once frolicked have banned the burkini. This ban on covering up reveals not only a cleavage between conservative Islamic norms and the liberal West, but between the concepts of secularism within the West itself as well. Notably, sympathy with the ban has united the otherwise querulous left and right in France. The Socialist Prime Minister Manuel Valls says he sees behind fashion concepts like the burkini, "the idea that by their nature women are immodest, impure, that they should therefore be completely covered. It is not compatible with the values of France and the republic." The minister for families, children and women's rights calls the burkini, "profoundly archaic" and meant to, "hide women's bodies in order to control them." And the right-wing National Front leader, Marine Le Pen, writes, "France does not loc ...
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The one-piece swimsuit gets a glam reboot for summer 2016
Yahoo News - 11 months
In fact, after being relegated to the back of the wardrobe, this bathing suit is set to splash onto the scene as a must-have for summer 2016. Star of the beaches until the 1960s, the one-piece swimsuit fell slowly out of fashion as the iconic bikini, then later the monokini, revolutionized women's swimwear. Made popular by stars of the day like Brigitte Bardot and Ursula Andress, the bikini's success was boosted as women's liberation movements gained ground.
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CultureZohn: Bonnie and Clyde and Me
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Bonnie and Clyde courtesy J. "Boots" Hinton American Experience is airing their season opening film tonight on Bonnie and Clyde. It's comprehensive and thoughtful, and grounds the story most of us came to know through the 1967 film directed by Arthur Penn starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty. The real depression era story is only 50 percent as glam. Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow did excite the down-at-the-heels country with their derring-do, it was an age when gangsters offered some relief against the powerlessness most felt. Clyde was an expert at hot-wiring cars (they didn't actually rob as many banks), Bonnie had stars in her eyes. Their short-lived spree ended in tragedy. The real Bonnie and Clyde death scene It points up that sometimes fiction is much more fun than truth, and in the case of this film, another species entirely. Bonnie and Clyde trailer, 1967 Here I must confess partisanship right off the top. I have loved Arthur Penn's Bonnie ...
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How To Be A Surrealist Queen, According To Artist Leonor Fini
Huffington Post - over 1 year
"I strike it, stalk it, try to make it obey me. Then in its disobedience, it forms things I like." This is how Argentine painter Leonor Fini described her art-making process. Her body of work, fittingly, feels like the product of cosmic BDSM, with opalesque, otherworldly women engaged in cryptic exchanges of authority and surrender. Amalgamated visions of castration, shapeshifting and knife-wielding characterize her painted world, her every brushstroke making the supernatural realistic and the real supernatural.  Fini, born in 1907 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, lived her life as if it were a work of art, obeying no rules except her own. Often dressed in disguises or nothing at all, Fini intoxicated those around her with her intelligence, fearless wit and creative fire. Despite the imprint she left on those who knew her, like too many women artists, Fini's name disappeared from the canon of art history following her death in 1996.  A new exhibition at San Francisco's Weinstein ...
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A Glamorous Retrospective Of Style Icons Who Mastered The Cat Eye
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Cat-eye liner is one of the most classic looks in beauty history. Actresses including Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren and Brigitte Bardot played a prominent role in making the cat eye relevant. And music icons such as Nina Simone, Madonna and Adele have all put their own spin on the feminine and flirty eye makeup. But mastering cat-eye liner hasn't always been easy. In past decades, women attempted the cat eye with the wrong products, according to celebrity makeup artist Sonia Kashuk. "Most women had in mind that very thin, old liquid liner look. However, it was a little more difficult in application," she said. The introduction of gel liners, felt-tip eye markers and angled brushes like Kashuk's Longwear Gel Liner and Bent Eyeliner Brush has made the cat eye much easier to do today. And while cat-eye liner is visually appealing, Kashuk believes that it also gives a lifting effect to the eye. "As women age, our eyes tend to pull down and our lashes tend to get thinner. So a modifi ...
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A Glamorous Retrospective Of Style Icons Who Mastered The Cat Eye
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Cat-eye liner is one of the most classic looks in beauty history. Actresses including Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren and Brigitte Bardot played a prominent role in making the cat eye relevant. And music icons such as Nina Simone, Madonna and Adele have all put their own spin on the feminine and flirty eye makeup. But mastering cat-eye liner hasn't always been easy. In past decades, women attempted the cat eye with the wrong products, according to celebrity makeup artist Sonia Kashuk. "Most women had in mind that very thin, old liquid liner look. However, it was a little more difficult in application," she said. The introduction of gel liners, felt-tip eye markers and angled brushes like Kashuk's Longwear Gel Liner and Bent Eyeliner Brush has made the cat eye much easier to do today. And while cat-eye liner is visually appealing, Kashuk believes that it also gives a lifting effect to the eye. "As women age, our eyes tend to pull down and our lashes tend to get thinner. So a modifi ...
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Brigette Bardot Style
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Actress, singer, producer and animal activist Brigette Bardot turned 81 years old last month. Her sexy uninhibited performance in black cat eye liner, messy bed head and full lip pout bewitched audiences in her first film And God Created Women. When the French New Wave film darling made her debut at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival she was the first to wear a bikini. A classically trained ballerina, she preferred sexy bodycon dresses. Perhaps for dancing she liked a fitted bodice with full gore skirts. Off camera and on Brigitte favored fisherman sweaters, tights, jeans and boyfriend shirts. She parred her ensembles with kitten heel mules, boots, ballet slippers or bare feet. Her modeling career started when she modeled hats designed by her mother's friend which led to her first cover of French Elle. Bardot started in two Westerns Shalako and Viva Maria so she knew how to work a hat. Bebe also like to rock chauffeur caps over a messy chignon. Her signature look developed from her laid ...
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Australia writes to Brigitte Bardot in defense of killing feral cats
Yahoo News - over 1 year
In open letters to French actress Brigitte Bardot and The Smiths singer Morrissey, Australia's commissioner for threatened animals defended the country’s plan to kill more than two million feral cats. Announced in July, the country’s proposal to eliminate about 10 percent of its overall feral cat population is an effort to protect a multitude of threatened and endangered species. Gregory Andrews, Australia’s threatened species commissioner, says these smaller animals fall prey to the cats, and that the latter are responsible for the extinction of nearly 30 Australian mammal species in the past two centuries.
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9 Beauty Icons You Can Easily Be for Halloween
Huffington Post - over 1 year
by Deven Hopp As much as we'd like to be the one who goes all out for Halloween -- full face paint, crazy costume, the works -- we just aren't. We'd rather take the holiday as an opportunity to switch up our standard beauty look and pay tribute to our favorite beauty icons. When else can we walk around with a penciled-on beauty mark or eye shadow up to our hairline without having to explain ourselves? Scroll through for nine beauty icons you can easily be for Halloween! Sophia Loren Photo: Debra Paget Voluminous hair, a killer cat eye, and full lips--the glamour of Sophia Loren makes a perfect Halloween costume for anyone who prefers to take a pretty approach to the holiday. All you need is a precision-tipped liquid eyeliner like Bliss's On the Line Liquid Eyeliner ($24), a good volumizing mascara, and your trusty brow pencil to complete the eyes. Put the finishing touches on the makeup with matte skin and slightly over-drawn lips. For the hair, use mousse. Start your blow ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Brigitte Bardot
  • 2013
    Age 78
    From 2013 onwards the Brigitte Bardot Foundation in collaboration with Kagyupa International Monlam Trust of India has operated annual Veterinary Care Camp.
    More Details Hide Details She has committed to the cause of animal welfare in Bodhgaya year after year. Bardot expressed support for President Charles de Gaulle in the 1960s. Her husband Bernard d'Ormale is a former adviser of the Front National, the main far right party in France, known for its nationalist and conservative beliefs.
  • 2011
    Age 76
    On 25 May 2011 the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society renamed its fast interceptor vessel, MV Gojira, as MV Brigitte Bardot in appreciation of her support.
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  • 2010
    Age 75
    On 13 August 2010, Bardot lashed out at director Kyle Newman regarding his plan to make a biographical film on her life.
    More Details Hide Details She told him, "Wait until I'm dead before you make a movie about my life!" otherwise "sparks will fly". In fashion, the Bardot neckline (a wide open neck that exposes both shoulders) is named after her. Bardot popularized this style which is especially used for knitted sweaters or jumpers although it is also used for other tops and dresses. Bardot popularized the bikini in her early films such as Manina (1952) (released in France as Manina, la fille sans voiles). The following year she was also photographed in a bikini on every beach in the south of France during the Cannes Film Festival. She gained additional attention when she filmed And God Created Woman (1956) with Jean-Louis Trintignant (released in France as Et Dieu Créa La Femme). Bardot portrayed an immoral teenager cavorting in a bikini who seduces men in a respectable small-town setting. The film was an international success. The bikini was in the 1950s relatively well accepted in France but was still considered risqué in the United States. As late as 1959, Anne Cole, one of the United State's largest swimsuit designers, said, "It's nothing more than a G-string. It's at the razor's edge of decency."
    In August 2010, Bardot addressed a letter to the Queen of Denmark, Margrethe II of Denmark, appealing for the sovereign to halt the killing of dolphins in the Faroe Islands.
    More Details Hide Details In the letter, Bardot describes the activity as a "macabre spectacle" that "is a shame for Denmark and the Faroe Islands... This is not a hunt but a mass slaughter... an outmoded tradition that has no acceptable justification in today's world". On 22 April 2011, French culture minister Frédéric Mitterrand officially included bullfighting in the country's cultural heritage. Bardot wrote him a highly critical letter of protest.
  • 2009
    Age 74
    The first-ever official exhibition spotlighting Bardot's influence and legacy opened in Paris on 29 September 2009 – a day after her 75th birthday.
    More Details Hide Details A type of Czechoslovak diesel-electric locomotives (Classes 751 and 749) manufactured in the 1960s/70s was nicknamed "Bardotka", reportedly because of the fact that the locomotive has a distinctively shaped front, resembling a woman's bosom. Bardot released several albums and singles during the 1960s and 1970s Bardot has also written five books:
  • 2008
    Age 73
    During the 2008 United States presidential election, she branded the Republican Party vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin as "stupid" and a "disgrace to women".
    More Details Hide Details She criticized the former governor of Alaska for her stance on global warming and gun control. She was also offended by Palin's support for Arctic oil exploration and for her lack of consideration in protecting polar bears.
    The trial concluded on 3 June 2008, with a conviction and fine of €15,000, the largest of her fines to date.
    More Details Hide Details The prosecutor stated that she was tired of charging Bardot with offences related to racial hatred.
    In 2008, Bardot was convicted of inciting racial/religious hatred in relation to a letter she wrote, a copy of which she sent to Nicolas Sarkozy when he was Interior Minister of France.
    More Details Hide Details The letter stated her objections to Muslims in France ritually slaughtering sheep by slitting their throats without anesthetizing them first. She also said, in reference to Muslims, that she was "fed up with being under the thumb of this population which is destroying us, destroying our country and imposing its habits".
  • 2004
    Age 69
    On 10 June 2004, Bardot was convicted for a fourth time by a French court for "inciting racial hatred" and fined €5,000.
    More Details Hide Details Bardot denied the racial hatred charge and apologized in court, saying: "I never knowingly wanted to hurt anybody. It is not in my character."
  • 2003
    Age 68
    In her 2003 book, Un cri dans le silence ("A Scream in the Silence"), she warned of an "Islamicization of France", and said of Muslim immigration:
    More Details Hide Details Over the last twenty years, we have given in to a subterranean, dangerous, and uncontrolled infiltration, which not only resists adjusting to our laws and customs but which will, as the years pass, attempt to impose its own. In the book, she contrasted her close gay friends with today's homosexuals, who "jiggle their bottoms, put their little fingers in the air and with their little castrato voices moan about what those ghastly heteros put them through" and that some contemporary homosexuals behave like "fairground freaks". In her own defence, Bardot wrote in a letter to a French gay magazine: "Apart from my husband — who maybe will cross over one day as well — I am entirely surrounded by homos. For years, they have been my support, my friends, my adopted children, my confidants." In her book she wrote about issues such as racial mixing, immigration, the role of women in politics and Islam. The book also contained a section attacking what she called the mixing of genes and praised previous generations who, she said, had given their lives to push out invaders.
  • 2000
    Age 65
    For this comment, a French court fined her 30,000 francs in June 2000.
    More Details Hide Details She had been fined in 1997 for the original publication of this open letter in Le Figaro and again in 1998 for making similar remarks.
  • 1999
    Age 64
    In her 1999 book Le Carré de Pluton ("Pluto's Square"), Bardot criticizes the procedure used in the ritual slaughter of sheep during the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.
    More Details Hide Details Additionally, in a section in the book entitled, "Open Letter to My Lost France", Bardot writes that "my country, France, my homeland, my land is again invaded by an overpopulation of foreigners, especially Muslims".
    Bardot wrote a 1999 letter to Chinese President Jiang Zemin, published in French magazine VSD, in which she accused the Chinese of "torturing bears and killing the world's last tigers and rhinos to make aphrodisiacs".
    More Details Hide Details She has donated more than $140,000 over two years for a mass sterilization and adoption program for Bucharest's stray dogs, estimated to number 300,000.
  • 1989
    Age 54
    She once had a neighbour's donkey castrated while looking after it, on the grounds of its "sexual harassment" of her own donkey and mare, for which she was taken to court by the donkey's owner in 1989.
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  • 1986
    Age 51
    In 1986, she established the Brigitte Bardot Foundation for the Welfare and Protection of Animals.
    More Details Hide Details She became a vegetarian and raised three million francs to fund the foundation by auctioning off jewellery and personal belongings. She is a strong animal rights activist and a major opponent of the consumption of horse meat. In support of animal protection, she condemned seal hunting in Canada during a visit to that country with Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
  • 1983
    Age 48
    On 28 September 1983, her 49th birthday, Bardot took an overdose of sleeping pills or tranquilizers with red wine.
    More Details Hide Details She had to be rushed to hospital, where her life was saved after a stomach pump was used to evacuate the pills from her body. Bardot is also a breast cancer survivor. Bardot's fourth and current husband is Bernard d'Ormale, former adviser of Jean-Marie Le Pen, former leader of the far right party Front National; they have been married since 16 August 1992.
  • 1974
    Age 39
    In 1974, Bardot appeared in a nude photo shoot in Playboy magazine, which celebrated her 40th birthday.
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  • 1973
    Age 38
    In 1973, before her 39th birthday, Bardot announced her retirement.
    More Details Hide Details After appearing in more than forty motion pictures and recording several music albums, most notably with Serge Gainsbourg, she chose to use her fame to promote animal rights.
  • 1968
    Age 33
    In 1968, she began dating Patrick Gilles, who went on to costar with her in The Bear and the Doll (1970); she ended their relationship in the spring of 1971.
    More Details Hide Details Over the next few years, Bardot dated in succession the bartender/ski instructor Christian Kalt; club owner Luigi Rizzi; musician (later producer) Bob Zagury; singer Serge Gainsbourg; writer John Gilmore; actor Warren Beatty, and Laurent Vergez, who was her co-star in Don Juan, or If Don Juan Were a Woman. The longest of these casual relationships was with sculptor Miroslav Brozek. She lived with him from 1975 to December 1979, posed for some of his sculptures. After breaking up with Brozek, she was involved in a long-term relationship with French TV producer Allain Bougrain-duBourg.
  • 1966
    Age 31
    Bardot's third marriage was to German millionaire playboy Gunter Sachs, and it lasted from 14 July 1966 to 1 October 1969.
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  • 1962
    Age 27
    After she and Charrier divorced in 1962, Nicolas was raised in the Charrier family and had little contact with his biological mother until his adulthood.
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  • 1960
    Age 25
    Bardot's only child, her son Nicolas-Jacques Charrier, was born 11 January 1960.
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  • 1959
    Age 24
    She recovered within weeks, began an affair with the actor Jacques Charrier, and became pregnant well before they were married on 18 June 1959.
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  • 1958
    Age 23
    In early 1958, after her divorce from Vadim followed in quick order by her break-up with Trintignant, Bardot suffered a reported nervous breakdown in Italy, according to newspaper reports.
    More Details Hide Details A suicide attempt with sleeping pills two days earlier was also noted, but was denied by her public relations manager.
    In May 1958, Bardot withdrew to the seclusion of Southern France, where she had bought the house La Madrague in Saint-Tropez.
    More Details Hide Details In 1963, she starred in Jean-Luc Godard's film Le Mépris. Bardot was featured in many other films along with notable actors such as Alain Delon (Famous Love Affairs; Spirits of the Dead); Jean Gabin (In Case of Adversity); Sean Connery (Shalako); Jean Marais (Royal Affairs in Versailles; School for Love); Lino Ventura (Rum Runners); Annie Girardot (The Novices); Claudia Cardinale (The Legend of Frenchie King); Jeanne Moreau (Viva Maria! Jane Birkin (Don Juan, or If Don Juan Were a Woman). Her career had traversed epochs where it was possible to say, "In the Sixties and early Seventies, there was no better known – or more scandalous – movie star on earth. — Not since the death of Valentino had a star aroused such insane devotion in their fans." In 1973, Bardot announced she was retiring from acting as "a way to get out elegantly".
  • 1957
    Age 22
    After appearing in 16 routine comedy films, with limited international release, she became world-famous in 1957 after starring in the controversial film And God Created Woman.
    More Details Hide Details Bardot caught the attention of French intellectuals. She was the subject of Simone de Beauvoir's 1959 essay, The Lolita Syndrome, which described Bardot as a "locomotive of women's history" and built upon existentialist themes to declare her the first and most liberated woman of post-war France. She later starred in Jean-Luc Godard's 1963 film Le Mépris. For her role in Louis Malle's 1965 film Viva Maria! Bardot was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress. From 1969 to 1978, Bardot was the official face of Marianne (who had previously been anonymous) to represent the liberty of France. Bardot retired from the entertainment industry in 1973. During her career in show business, she starred in 47 films, performed in several musical shows and recorded over 60 songs. She was awarded the Legion of Honour in 1985 but refused to receive it. After her retirement, she established herself as an animal rights activist. During the 2000s, she generated controversy by criticizing immigration and Islam in France and has been fined five times for inciting racial hatred.
  • 1953
    Age 18
    She received media attention when she attended the Cannes Film Festival in April 1953.
    More Details Hide Details Her films of the early and mid 1950s were generally lightweight romantic dramas, some historical, in which she was cast as ingénue or siren, often appearing nude or nearly so. She played bit parts in three English-language films, the British comedy Doctor at Sea (1955) with Dirk Bogarde, Helen of Troy (1954), in which she was understudy for the title role but appears only as Helen's handmaid and Act of Love (1954) with Kirk Douglas. Her French-language films were dubbed for international release. Director (and then soon-to-be ex-husband) Roger Vadim showcased her in And God Created Woman (1956) opposite Jean-Louis Trintignant. The film, about an immoral teenager in a respectable small-town setting, was a huge success and turned Bardot into an international star. In 1958 the moniker "sex kitten" was invented for her. During her early career, professional photographer Sam Lévin's photos contributed to her image of Bardot's sensuality. One showed Bardot from behind, dressed in a white corset. British photographer Cornel Lucas made images of Bardot in the 1950s and 1960s, that have become representative of her public persona.
  • 1952
    Age 17
    On 21 December 1952, aged 18, Bardot married director Roger Vadim. They divorced in 1957 after less than five years of marriage; they had no children together but remained in touch, and even collaborated in later projects.
    More Details Hide Details The stated reason for the divorce was Bardot's affair with two other men. While married to Vadim, Bardot had an affair with Jean-Louis Trintignant, who was her co-star in And God Created Woman. Trintignant was also a married man, being at the time married to actress Stéphane Audran. The two lived together for about two years, spanning the period before and after Bardot's divorce from Vadim, but they never married. Their relationship was complicated by Trintignant's frequent absence due to military service and Bardot's affair with musician Gilbert Bécaud.
    From 1952 to 1956, she appeared in seventeen films; in 1953 she played a role in Jean Anouilh's stageplay L'Invitation au Château (Invitation to the Castle).
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    She debuted in a 1952 comedy film, Le Trou Normand (English title: Crazy for Love).
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  • 1950
    Age 15
    Aged 15, she appeared on an 8 March 1950 cover of Elle and was noticed by a young film director, Roger Vadim, while babysitting.
    More Details Hide Details He showed an issue of the magazine to director and screenwriter Marc Allégret, who offered Bardot the opportunity to audition for Les lauriers sont coupés. Although Bardot got the role, the film was cancelled but made her consider becoming an actress. Her acquaintance with Vadim, who attended the audition, influenced her further life and career. Although the European film industry was then in its ascendancy, Bardot was one of the few European actresses to have the mass media's attention in the United States, an interest which she did not enjoy.
  • 1949
    Age 14
    At the invitation of an acquaintance of her mother, she modelled in a fashion show in 1949.
    More Details Hide Details In the same year, she modelled for a fashion magazine "Jardin des Modes" managed by journalist Hélène Lazareff.
  • 1947
    Age 12
    In 1947, Bardot was accepted to the Conservatoire de Paris.
    More Details Hide Details For three years she attended ballet classes by Russian choreographer Boris Knyazev. One of her classmates was Leslie Caron. The other ballerinas nicknamed Bardot "Bichette" ("Little Doe").
  • 1934
    Born on September 28, 1934.
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