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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Paris, France
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Brigitte Bardot: actresses complain about harassment to get attention
Reuters.com - about 1 month
PARIS (Reuters) - French activist and former actress Brigitte Bardot said many actresses sexually provoke film producers to win roles and then complain about harassment to get attention.
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Former vacation home of Brigitte Bardot is for sale in southeastern France
LATimes - over 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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 lo...
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The one-piece swimsuit gets a glam reboot for summer 2016
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
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 2 years
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 Bonni...
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How To Be A Surrealist Queen, According To Artist Leonor Fini
Huffington Post - over 2 years
"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 2 years
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 modif...
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A Glamorous Retrospective Of Style Icons Who Mastered The Cat Eye
Huffington Post - over 2 years
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 modif...
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Brigette Bardot Style
Huffington Post - over 2 years
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 lai...
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Timeline
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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".
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    The trial concluded on 3 June 2008, with a conviction and fine of €15,000, the largest of her fines to date.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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:
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  • 2000
    Age 65
    For this comment, a French court fined her 30,000 francs in June 2000.
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  • 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.
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    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".
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  • FIFTIES
  • 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.
  • 1986
    Age 51
    In 1986, she established the Brigitte Bardot Foundation for the Welfare and Protection of Animals.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1983
    Age 48
    On 28 September 1983, her 49th birthday, Bardot took an overdose of sleeping pills or tranquilizers with red wine.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1974
    Age 39
    In 1974, Bardot appeared in a nude photo shoot in Playboy magazine, which celebrated her 40th birthday.
  • 1973
    Age 38
    In 1973, before her 39th birthday, Bardot announced her retirement.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • TWENTIES
  • 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.
  • 1960
    Age 25
    Bardot's only child, her son Nicolas-Jacques Charrier, was born 11 January 1960.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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    In May 1958, Bardot withdrew to the seclusion of Southern France, where she had bought the house La Madrague in Saint-Tropez.
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  • 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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1953
    Age 18
    She received media attention when she attended the Cannes Film Festival in April 1953.
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  • 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.
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    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).
    She debuted in a 1952 comedy film, Le Trou Normand (English title: Crazy for Love).
  • 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.
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  • 1949
    Age 14
    At the invitation of an acquaintance of her mother, she modelled in a fashion show in 1949.
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  • 1947
    Age 12
    In 1947, Bardot was accepted to the Conservatoire de Paris.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1934
    Born
    Born on September 28, 1934.
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