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    1934:

      Born 28 September in Paris, France. Father is Louis Bardot

    1952:

      Makes screen debut in Le Trou normand. Marries Roger Vadim

    1956:

      Appears in classic film, Vadim's And God Created Woman. Salary: $15,000

    1957:

      Divorces Roger Vadim

    1959:

      Marries Jacques Charrier

    1960:

      Birth of son, Nicholas Charrier

    1962:

      Divorces Charrier

    1963:

      Works with Jean-Luc Godard in Contempt

    1965:

    1966:

      Marries Gunter Sachs

    1969:

      Divorces Sachs

    1973:

      At the age of 39, retires from acting & becomes involved with various animal rights causes. This leads to the setting up of the Fondation Brigitte Bardot, which is a foundation dedicated to animal rights

    1992:

      Marries Bernard d'Ormale

    2004:

      Faces charges with inciting racial hatred in her best-selling book un cri dans le silence (A cry in silence) in which she expresses worries about the "infiltration" of France by Islamic extremists


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    filmography

    1. Histoire très bonne et très joyeuse de Colinot Trousse-Chemise, L' (1973)
    2. Don Juan ou Si Don Juan était une femme... (1973)
    3. Pétroleuses, Les (1971)
    4. Boulevard du rhum (1971)
    5. Novices, Les (1970)

    6. Ours et la poupée, L' (1969)
    7. Femmes, Les (1969)
    8. Shalako (1968)
    9. Histoires extraordinaires (1968)
    10. À coeur joie (1967)
    11. Masculin, féminin: 15 faits précis (1966) (uncredited)
    12. Marie Soleil (1965) (uncredited)
    13. Viva María! (1965)
    14. Une ravissante idiote (1964)
    15. Mépris, Le (1963)
    16. Repos du guerrier, Le (1962)
    17. Vie privée (1962)
    18. Amours célèbres (1961)
    19. Bride sur le cou, La (1961)
    20. Vérité, La (1960)
    21. Affaire d'une nuit, L' (1960) (uncredited)

    22. Voulez-vous danser avec moi? (1959)
    23. Babette s'en va-t-en guerre (1959)
    24. Femme et le pantin, La (1959)
    25. En cas de malheur (1958)
    26. Bijoutiers du clair de lune, Les (1958)
    27. Une parisienne (1957)
    28. Mariée est trop belle, La (1956)
    29. Mio figlio Nerone (1956)
    30. Et Dieu... créa la femme (1956)
    31. En effeuillant la marguerite (1956)
    32. Cette sacrée gamine (1956)
    33. Helen of Troy (1956)
    34. Fils de Caroline chérie, Le (1955)
    35. Futures vedettes (1955)
    36. Lumière d'en face, La (1955)
    37. Grandes manoeuvres, Les (1955)
    38. Doctor at Sea (1955)
    39. Tradita (1954)
    40. Si Versailles m'était conté (1954)
    41. Un acte d'amour (1953)
    42. Portrait de son père, Le (1953)
    43. Dents longues, Les (1952) (uncredited)
    44. Manina, la fille sans voile (1952)
    45. Trou normand, Le (1952)


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    height:

      5' 7" (1.70 m)


    nickname:

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Brigitte Bardot

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      Brigitte Bardot is the pre-eminent actress from
      20th century French cinema. Yes, Binoche may
      have the Oscar, Huppert the handle on all things
      chicly obscure in French film, and Deneuve the
      longevity, but none has fame enough to be known
      by her initials only. That says it all really

    Furthermore, for one who has achieved such iconic status, Bardot has used her fame far more bravely than any one else in her position. She says things today that are not politically correct but which many of us agree with. But it is her articulating our fears, our thoughts, not us, and her alone who takes the consequences. She really deserves our praise and that is before we consider her tireless campaigning for the welfare of animals through the Fondation Brigitte Bardot. Nowhere in the course of history of the last century or this have animals had such a potent campaigner who seems to give up every part, every breath and fibre, of her being, to their plight and gives a strong voice to their silence in the face of the cruelty of mankind.The love she gives to their plight is as unconditional as an animal's love and there is no-one else in her position who has given even a miniscule of themselves when they compare themselves to B.B.

    There will never be another like her. And she was a damn fine actress to boot as well!

    Born on September 28, 1934, in Paris, she was the daughter of a wealthy industrialist; while studying ballet, she was approached with the offer to begin modeling, and by 1950 her image had already graced the cover of Elle magazine. There she was spotted by director Marc Allegret, who had earlier discovered the young Simone Simon. Soon Allegret's assistant, Roger Vadim, contacted Bardot for a role in the picture Les Lauriers Sont Coupes. While Allegret did not cast the young model in his film, Vadim became immediately smitten by her pouty sensuality, and in 1952 he became her husband. That same year, Bardot made her film debut in Jean Boyer's comedy Le Trou Normand; a series of bit roles followed before she appeared in Warner Bros.' 1955 production of Helen of Troy. The studio was sufficiently impressed to offer a seven-year contract, but she refused, to accept her largest role to date opposite Jean Marais and Isabelle Pia in Futures Vedettes.

    After traveling to Britain to appear in 1955's Doctor at Sea, Bardot returned to France to begin work on her first starring role in 1956's La Lumiere d'en Face; the film's producer, Christine Gouze-Renal, subsequently became her mentor and handled her career for a number of years. While still largely an unknown, Bardot soon enjoyed a string of hits, including Cette Sacree Gamine, Mi Figlio Nerone, and En Effeuillant la Marguerite, which positioned her as France's top sex symbol by 1957. As Bardot's popularity continued to soar, producer Raoul J. Levy offered Vadim the opportunity to direct his wife in Et Dieu Crea la Femme, an erotic melodrama co-starring Jean-Louis Trintignant. The film made Bardot an international star, earning over four million dollars in the U.S. alone. Unfortunately, her marriage to Vadim did not last, although their respective careers remained intertwined for years to come.

    Bardot's popularity with American audiences was unprecedented for a non-English speaking actress, and after Levy cut a reported 225,000-dollar three-picture deal with Columbia for her services, she next starred in the sex romp Une Parisienne, followed by Vadim's Les Bijoutiers du Clair de Lune. After much deliberation, plans were finally announced for Bardot's English-language debut, Paris by Night, to be helmed by Vadim with Frank Sinatra in the lead. The project fell through, however, and she next appeared in 1960's Babette s'en va-t-en Guerre opposite Jacques Charrier, who briefly became her second husband. While filming Henri-Georges Clouzot's La Verite later that year, Bardot attempted suicide on her 26th birthday. After production resumed, the completed film rose to become France's top moneymaker for the year, but it marked the end of her Columbia deal, and in light of her cooling popularity in the States and in Britain no other deals were immediately forthcoming.

    In 1960, Bardot released a pop music album, Inside Brigitte Bardot; several other LPs, including 1963's Brigitte Bardot Sings and 1968's Special Bardot, were to follow, and she scored a number of hit singles in tandem with the infamous singer/songwriter Serge Gainsbourg (more details of her recording career can be found by clicking here). After she fired the original director on the 1961 comedy La Bride Sur le Cou, she had Vadim step in to complete the picture. She next starred with Marcello Mastroianni in Louis Malle's La Vie Privée, delivering a clearly autobiographical turn as a young celebrity unable to cope with the pressures of stardom. The picture was intended as Bardot's swan song, but she was quickly coerced out of retirement to star in Jean-Luc Godard's brilliant Le Mépris. While today recognized as a classic, at the time of its release the movie was the subject of very mixed reviews, with considerable editing required for release outside of France. As a result, it was a commercial disaster, and Bardot's standing as Europe's most popular actress was usurped by Sophia Loren.

    After finally making an American film, 1964's family comedy Dear Brigitte (albeit with just one scene), Bardot began work on Malle's comedy Viva Maria!, which paired her opposite Jeanne Moreau. When it failed to live up to international box-office expectations, few of Bardot's subsequent films were screened outside of France. Even within her native land her star continued to dim, and she did not appear in another certified hit prior to 1970's L'Ours et la Poupee. However, when the 1973 Vadim-helmed Don Juan ou Si Don Juan était une femme and 1974's L' Histoire Tres Bonne et Tres Joyeuse de Colinot Trousse Chemise failed, Bardot again announced plans for retirement; this time, apart from a handful of television appearances, she made good on her promise, and consistently refused all offers to return to the screen. In later years she became something of a recluse, but continued to make occasional headlines through her ardent support of animal rights causes


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