Biography[ edit ] Early life: Louis had an engineering degree and worked with his father, Charles Bardot, in the family business. Louis and Anne-Marie married in Bardot grew up in an upper middle-class Roman Catholic observant home. She went to school three days a week, and otherwise studied at home.
This gave time for lessons at Madame Bourget's dance studio three days a week. Marie-Jeanne eventually gave up dancing lessons and did not tell her mother, whereas Brigitte concentrated on ballet. In , Bardot was accepted to the Conservatoire de Paris. 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". Aged 15, she appeared on an 8 March cover of Elle  and was noticed by a young film director, Roger Vadim , while babysitting. Although Bardot got the role, the film was cancelled but made her consider becoming an actress. Her relationship with Vadim, who attended the audition, influenced her further life and career.
She received media attention when she attended the Cannes Film Festival in April Bardot played her first sizeable English-language role in Doctor at Sea , as the love interest for Dirk Bogarde. The film was the third most popular movie at the British box office that year. She did another with Hollywood film, Helen of Troy , playing Helen's handmaiden. For the Italian movie Mio figlio Nerone Bardot was asked by the director to appear as a blonde.
Rather than wear a wig to hide her naturally brunette hair she decided to dye her hair. She was so pleased with the results that she decided to retain the hair colour. Bardot then appeared in four movies that made her a star. First up was a musical, Naughty Girl , where Bardot played a troublesome school girl. Directed by Michel Boisrond , it was co-written by Roger Vadim and was a big hit, the 12th most popular film of the year in France.
The film, about an immoral teenager in a respectable small-town setting, was a huge success, not just in France but also around the world - it was among the ten most popular films in Britain in One showed Bardot from behind, dressed in a white corset.
British photographer Cornel Lucas made images of Bardot in the s and s that have become representative of her public persona. The latter was the 13th most seen movie of the year in France. It was a highly publicised production, which resulted in Bardot having an affair and attempting suicide. The film was Bardot's biggest ever commercial success in France, the third biggest hit of the year, and was nominated for a Best Foreign Film Oscar.
International films[ edit ] In the mids Bardot made films which seemed to be more aimed at the international market.
Levine and starring Jack Palance. The following year she co-starred with Anthony Perkins in the comedy Une ravissante idiote Bardot finally appeared in a Hollywood film in Dear Brigitte , a comedy starring James Stewart as an academic whose son develops a crush on Bardot. Bardot's appearance was relatively brief and the film was not a big hit.
More successful was the Western buddy comedy Viva Maria! It was a big hit in France and around the world although it did not break through in the US as much as was hoped. She had a small role in the all-star Spirits of the Dead , acting opposite Alain Delon , then tried a Hollywood film again: Shalako , a Western starring Sean Connery , which was a box office disappointment. Her last few films were mostly comedies: Vadim said the film marked "Underneath what people call "the Bardot myth" was something interesting, even though she was never considered the most professional actress in the world.
For years, since she has been growing older, and the Bardot myth has become just a souvenir I was curious in her as a woman and I had to get to the end of something with her, to get out of her and express many things I felt were in her.
Brigitte always gave the impression of sexual freedom - she is a completely open and free person, without any aggression.
So I gave her the part of a man - that amused me. 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. Bardot pleaded with Gainsbourg not to release this duet and he complied with her wishes; the following year, he rerecorded a version with British-born model and actress Jane Birkin that became a massive hit all over Europe.
The version with Bardot was issued in and became a popular download hit in when Universal Music made its back catalogue available to purchase online, with this version of the song ranking as the third most popular download. After appearing in more than forty motion pictures and recording several music albums, most notably with Serge Gainsbourg , she used her fame to promote animal rights. 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.
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 Bardot wrote him a highly critical letter of protest. She has committed to the cause of animal welfare in Bodhgaya year after year. Bardot and Sami Frey in St.
They divorced in , after less than five years of marriage; they had no children together, but remained in touch, and even collaborated on later projects. The stated reason for the divorce was Bardot's affair with two other men. A suicide attempt with sleeping pills two days earlier was also noted, but was denied by her public relations manager. She became pregnant well before they were married on 18 June Bardot's only child, her son Nicolas-Jacques Charrier, was born on 11 January After she and Charrier divorced in , Nicolas was raised in the Charrier family and had little contact with his biological mother until his adulthood.
She lived with him from to December ,  posed for some of his sculptures. On 28 September , her 49th birthday, Bardot took an overdose of sleeping pills or tranquilizers with red wine. 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.
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". For this comment, a French court fined her 30, francs in June She had been fined in for the original publication of this open letter in Le Figaro and again in for making similar remarks.
In her book, Un cri dans le silence "A Scream in the Silence" , she warned of an " Islamicization of France", and said of Muslim immigration: 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.
For years, they have been my support, my friends, my adopted children, my confidants. 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. It is not in my character. 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". The prosecutor stated that she was tired of charging Bardot with offences related to racial hatred.
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.
She told him, "Wait until I'm dead before you make a movie about my life! 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 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.
Bardot portrayed an immoral teenager cavorting in a bikini who seduces men in a respectable small-town setting. The film was an international success. As late as , Anne Cole, one of the United States' largest swimsuit designers, said, "It's nothing more than a G-string. It's at the razor's edge of decency. Bardot's fashion in The Bardot pose describes an iconic modeling portrait shot around where Bardot is dressed only in a pair of black pantyhose , cross-legged over her front and cross-armed over her breasts.
This pose has been emulated numerous times by models and celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan , Elle Macpherson and Monica Bellucci.
Lennon and Bardot met in person once, in at the Mayfair Hotel, introduced by Beatles press agent Derek Taylor ; a nervous Lennon took LSD before arriving, and neither star impressed the other. Lennon recalled in a memoir, "I was on acid, and she was on her way out. The first-ever official exhibition spotlighting Bardot's influence and legacy opened in Boulogne-Billancourt on 29 September — a day after her 75th birthday.