Brigette Bardot Biography
Actress Brigette Bardot was a controversial star. Her uninhibited nature and acting talent boosted her film career from being an unknown to being a star.
Brigette Bardot was born on September 28, 1934, and became the most famous French actress to grace the movie world. She became the icon of female sexuality in the 1950s and 1960s. Her spontaneity and casual sexuality drew people to see her films.
Her main ambition was to be a dancer and when she was thirteen years of age, she was accepted by the Conservatoire Nationale de Danse where she studied dance with Leslie Caron. Once her lessons were complete, Miss Bardot worked as a model. In May of 1949, she appeared on the cover of Elle magazine. It was upon Roger Vadim seeing her picture that Miss Bardot was invited to do a screen test. Although she didn’t get the part, she and Vadim fell in love. Vadim then worked hard to make Brigette Bardot a star by encouraging her to take acting classes. Her screen tests were sent to directors and her first film came in 1952 when she was seventeen years old.
She was in a stream of sexy roles and her appearance at the Cannes Festival in 1953 launched her career to stardom. By this time, she and Vadim were married although her parents disapproved because of their age difference. It was her next film in 1956 that turned Miss Bardot into an international celebrity. The film was an assemblage of scenes that revealed the actress in different stages of undress. This uninhibited behavior is what became the standard for the majority of her films. She became a box office success and what boosted her career even farther was her private life of affairs, marriages, and divorces. She was married four times and has one child who was born in 1960. All of the publicity took its toll on the young woman, and on her twenty-sixth birthday, she attempted suicide. However, she soon learned how to cope with Hollywood, fans and her public life.
In the late 1960s, Bardot's acting career slowed and after a series of flops, in 1973, Brigette Bardot said goodbye to acting. She turned to being an advocate for animal rights.
In 1976, Miss Bardot set up the Brigette Bardot Foundation for the Protection of Distressed Animals. Animal rights is a cause that she supports financially and through controversial political campaigns.
She is currently married to businessman Bernard d’Omale whom she married in 1992. In 1996, Miss Bardot published her autobiography "Initiales BB," which caused her some legal repercussions.
Currently Miss Bardot continues to advocate animal rights and through her efforts, is still generating newspaper and news headlines in France, where she resides with her family.