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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 28 September 1934Paris, France
Nickname BB
Height 5' 5¼" (1.66 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Brigitte Bardot was born on September 28, 1934 in Paris, France. Her father had an engineering degree and worked with his father in the family business. Brigitte's mother encouraged her daughter to take up music and dance, and she proved to be very adept at it. By the time she was 15, Brigitte was trying a modeling career, and found herself in the French magazine "Elle". Her incredible beauty readily apparent, Brigitte next tried films. In 1952, she appeared on screen for the first time as Javotte Lemoine in Crazy for Love (1952). Two more films followed and it was also the same year she married Roger Vadim. She wanted to marry him when she was 17, but her parents quashed any marriage plans until she turned 18. The union lasted less than four years.

Capitalizing on her success in French films, Brigitte made her first American production in Act of Love (1953) with Kirk Douglas, but she continued to make films in France. Brigitte's explosive sexuality took the United States by storm, and the effect she had on millions of American men who had not seen a woman like her in a long, long time--if ever--was electric. Rise to the phrase "sex kitten" and fascination of her in the United States consisted of magazines photographs and dubbed over French films--good, bad or indifferent, her films drew audiences--mainly men--into theaters like lemmings. In 1965, she appeared as herself in the American-made Dear Brigitte (1965) with James Stewart (she only appeared in one scene).

Just before she turned 40, Brigitte retired from movies after filming The Edifying and Joyous Story of Colinot (1973). She prefers life outside of stardom. While it enabled her to become internationally famous, it also carried with it annoyances. It was not anything for her to have "fans" enter her house or wander around the grounds of her home in the hopes of getting a glimpse of her or to take something that belonged to her. Paparazzi constantly hounded her with their cameras. She has been so soft-hearted that some people even have taken advantage of her generosity. After her life in the spotlight, Brigitte went on to become a leading spokesperson for animal rights and started the "Foundation Brigitte Bardot" dedicated solely to that cause. Her work in that realm is, perhaps, far greater than any film she could have made. Brigitte has been married to Bernard d'Ormale since 1992 and they reside in St. Tropez.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Denny Jackson

Spouse (4)

Bernard d'Ormale (16 August 1992 - present)
Gunter Sachs (14 July 1966 - 1 October 1969) (divorced)
Jacques Charrier (18 June 1959 - 20 November 1962) (divorced) (1 child)
Roger Vadim (20 December 1952 - 6 December 1957) (divorced)

Trade Mark (5)

Platinum blonde hair
Large brown eyes
Deep sultry voice
Voluptuous figure
Gapped front teeth

Trivia (39)

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#9). [1995]
Ranked #49 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
Mother of Nicolas-Jacques Charrier (born January 11, 1960), who was raised by his father's family and did not have contact with Bardot until his adulthood.
Born to Louis Bardot (1896-1975), nicknamed Pilou, who graduated from an engineering school to go into the family business, which manufactured liquid air and acetylene, and Ann-Marie Mucel (1912-78), nicknamed Toty. Toty had studied theatre and dance as a young lady, while Pilou wrote poetry in his notebook and published several volumes.
Retired from acting in 1973 at age 39 and has since been involved with various animal rights causes.
One of the leading animal rights activists in the world and the head of "Fondation Brigitte Bardot", which is a foundation dedicated to animal rights.
Recorded many popular songs in the '60s and '70s.
Breast cancer survivor.
Is a vegetarian.
She is one of the eight surviving people mentioned by name in the 1989 Billy Joel song "We Didn't Start the Fire". The other seven are Doris Day, Queen Elizabeth II, Fidel Castro, Chubby Checker, Bob Dylan, John Glenn and Bernard Goetz. She is mentioned in many other songs, including "Brigitte Bardot" by Jordan Galland, "Message of Love" by The Pretenders, "Big Wedge" by Fish, "Warlocks" by Red Hot Chili Peppers, "It's Not Enough" by The Who and "Stardust" by Menswear (her name is rhymed with "bravado").
Her husband Bernard d'Ormale is a wealthy industrialist and supporter of the far-right French nationalist party Front National.
Was charged with inciting racial hatred in her best-selling book "Un cri dans le silence" ("A cry in silence"), expressing worries about the "infiltration" of France by Islamic extremists. She could have faced a maximum prison term of one year, but was finally fined EUR 5,000 (2004).
Was Marianne de France, the bust of the most beautiful woman of a decade and she is also the symbol of liberty and the Republic, from 1969-78.
She has two granddaughters from her estranged son Nicolas' marriage to Anne-Line Bjerkan (daughter of a Norwegian diplomat): Anna (b. 1985) and Thea (b. 1990).
She and husband Bernard d'Ormale got married in a small town outside Oslo, Norway, where her son lives with his family.
Sister of Mijanou Bardot.
Sang songs "Harley Davidson", "Je Me Donne A Qui Me Plait", "Bubble gum", "Contact", "Je Reviendrais Toujours Vers Toi", "L'Appareil A Sous", "La Madrague", "Le Soleil De Ma Vie", "On Demenage", "Sidonie", "Tu Veux, Tu Veux Pas".
Recorded a special audio performance for the classic "Velveteen Rabbit", produced by Pierre Patrick for Connecticut Family Theatre (2007).
Named Empire Magazine's #98 in the list of 100 Sexiest Stars. [2007]
Was romantically linked to actors Jean-Louis Trintignant, Patrick Gilles, Sami Frey, Laurent Vergez and Warren Beatty, bartender/ski instructor Christian Kalt, club owner Luigi Rizzi, musician Bob Zagury, producer Allain Bougrain-Dubourg, sculptor Miroslav Brozek, singers Gilbert Bécaud, Serge Gainsbourg and Sacha Distel, and writer John Gilmore.
9/28/83: Took a handful of tranquilizers, washed them down with red wine and then wandered out to the Les Canoubiers beach, where she was later pulled from the surf. She was rushed to the nearby L'Oasis clinic, where her stomach was pumped before she was released that evening.
Once castrated a neighbor's donkey.
Brought into fashion the choucroute (sauerkraut) hairstyle.
The Brazilian city of Búzios erected a statue of her in honor of her influence in popularizing the city.
Was born at 5 place Violet in the 15th district of Paris.
In 1967 Serge Gainsbourg wrote for and recorded with her his most noted song "Je t'aime...moi non plus", but she pleaded him not to release their recording, so her vocals were replaced by Jane Birkin one year later.
Owns homes in Saint-Tropez, Yvelines and Paris.
She had taken dancing lessons from age five, and when she was 13 one of her classmates in dancing class was Leslie Caron.
On the set of Please, Not Now! (1961), directed by her ex-husband Roger Vadim, she met his new girlfriend, Catherine Deneuve. About Deneuve she said, " . . . behind Vadim lingered a 17-year-old brunette who dressed like me [and] had her hair made like me. Her name was Catherine Deneuve. She had a certain air of a namby-pamby, that was back then unbearable." One night while filming on high mountains the crew got blocked so everybody slept in one room. Among the crew were Bardot, Vadim, Mireille Darc and Deneuve.
In 1994, scandalized by Sophia Loren's posing in furs in several printed ads for the Italian fur tailor company Annabella, Bardot published an open letter to Loren, in which she accused her of selling her name and her image "to the most despicable of all advertising: promotion of furs". It is, said Bardot, "degrading, repugnant, lamentable and unworthy to accept money stained with the blood of animals". Loren, added France's leading animal-rights campaigner, should boycott "this abominable trade" and "never forget that wearing a fur is wearing a cemetery on your back". Loren, on holiday at the time, did not respond.
When she discovered she had breast cancer, she first refused treatment believing it was her fate. It was her fellow actress and friend Marina Vlady who flew to her residence at Saint Tropez and convinced her to start treatment.
Prior to her worldwide breakthrough in ...And God Created Woman (1956), while still a starlet, Bardot was a familiar presence in many Italian movies. She once shared a hotel room in Rome with a pre-fame Ursula Andress (mentioned in her autobiography). About this she recalled, "If only producers knew of it, they would have think twice about their way of treating us back then.".
Ranked #75 in Men's Health 100 Hottest Women of all Time. [December 2011]
She was the third name entered on IMDB, after Fred Astaire (nm0000002) and Lauren Bacall (nm0000002).
Has been characterized as anti-Muslim and anti-gay with her support for ultra-right-wing French politician Jean-Marie Le Pen.
Established the Brigitte Bardot Foundation for the Welfare and Protection of Animals. She initially funded it by auctioning off personal possessions.
Time Magazine on Bardot: "... the princess of pout, the countess of come hither. Brigitte Bardot exuded a carefree, naive sexuality that brought a whole new audience to French films.".
Has attempted suicide at least six times since 1950. Her most recent reported suicide attempt was in 1992.
Her look has inspired several generations of buxom blonde models to be called "baby Bardots", such as German supermodels Claudia Schiffer and Anna Ewers; Dutch models Lara Stone, Daphne Groeneveld and Doutzen Kroes and English model Georgia Jagger.

Personal Quotes (15)

I have always adored beautiful young men. Just because I grow older, my taste doesn't change. So if I can still have them, why not?
If I could do anything about the way people behave towards each other, I would, but since I can't I'll stick to animals.
[when asked what was the best day of her life] It was a night...
It is sad to grow old but nice to ripen.
[interview on her 50th birthday, London Times, September 28, 1984] I have been very happy, very rich, very beautiful, much adulated, very famous and very unhappy.
Men are beasts and even beasts don't behave as they do.
I don't think when I make love.
It is better to be unfaithful than faithful without wanting to be.
[on Sarah Palin] By denying the responsibility of man in global warming, by advocating gun rights and making statements that are disconcertingly stupid, you are a disgrace to women and you alone represent a terrible threat, a true environmental catastrophe.
[on experience] Every age can be enchanting, provided you live within it.
I am really a cat transformed into a woman . . . I purr. I scratch. And sometimes I bite.
[1987] I gave my youth and beauty to men. Now I'm giving my wisdom and my experience, the better part of me, to animals.
[2008] Apart from my husband, I am entirely surrounded by homos. For years, they have been my support, my friends, my adopted children, my confidants.
[why she retired from acting at 39] I tried to make myself as pretty as possible and even then I thought I was ugly. I found it madly difficult to go out, to show myself. I was afraid of not living up to what people expected me to be.
[2012] I can no longer walk. I can no longer swim. But I'm lucky when I see how animals suffer. Suddenly, I discover that I have nothing to complain.

Salary (5)

Et Dieu... créa la femme (1956) $15,000
Une parisienne (1957) $25,000
En cas de malheur (1958) $75,000
Voulez-vous danser avec moi (1959) $200,000
Viva Maria! (1965) $350,000

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