Famous birthdays: Brigitte Bardot

BRIGITTE BARDOT

28/09/34 - present (aged 82).

"I gave my beauty and my youth to men. I am going to give my wisdom and experience to animals."

1934: Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot is born in Paris, France. She is a French actress, singer, dancer and fashion model, who later became an animal rights activist. She was one of the best known sex symbols of the 1950s and 1960s and was widely referred to by her initials, B.B. She has been married four times. Bardot was born a brunette, she was the daughter of Louis Bardot and Anne-Marie "Toty" Bardot. Louis had an engineering degree and worked with his father, Charles Bardot, in the family business. Bardot grew up in an upper middle-class Roman Catholic observant home. When she was seven she was admitted to the Cours Hattemer, a private school. 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.

 

1947: Bardot was accepted to the Conservatoire de Paris. The other ballerinas nicknamed Bardot "Bichette" ("Little Doe").

1950: Aged 15, she appeared on an March 8 cover of Elle magazine.

1952: Bardot debuted in a highly popular comedy film starring Bourvil, Le Trou Normand (English title: Crazy for Love). On December 21, aged 18, Bardot married director Roger Vadim. They divorced in 1957, after less than five years of marriage; they had no children together.

1953: She played the lead in Manina, the Girl in the Bikini and had a small role in The Long Teeth, playing Vadim's wife, then had a leading role in a comedy starring Jean Richard, His Father's Portrait. Bardot had a small role in a Hollywood-financed film being shot in Paris, Act of Love, starring Kirk Douglas. She received media attention when she attended the Cannes Film Festival.

1954: Bardot had a leading role in an Italian melodrama, Concert of Intrigue and in a French adventure film, Caroline and the Rebels.

1955: She had a good part as a flirtatious student in School for Love and played her first sizeable English language role in Doctor at Sea, as the love interest for Dirk Bogarde. She had a small role in The Grand Maneuver for director Rene Clair, supporting Gerard Philippe and Michelle Morgan.

1956: She had a bigger part in The Light Across the Street for director Georges Lacombe. She did another with Hollywood film, Helen of Troy, playing Helen's handmaiden. For 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 - Naughty Girl, comedies Plucking the Daisy and The Bride Is Much Too Beautiful and the melodrama And God Created Woman. It turned Bardot into an international star. The moniker "sex kitten" was invented for her.

 

1958: Bardot withdrew to the seclusion of Southern France, where she had bought the house La Madrague in Saint-Tropez.

1959: She became pregnant to Jacques Charrier well before they were married on June 18. Bardot's only child, her son Nicolas-Jacques Charrier, was born on January 11, 1960. 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: The Bardot pose describes an iconic modeling portrait shot around 1960 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.

1966: Bardot's third marriage was to German millionaire playboy Gunter Sachs, and it lasted from 14 July 1966 to 1 October 1969. In 1968, she began dating Patrick Gilles, who went on to costar with her in The Bear and the Doll in 1970 but she ended their relationship in the spring of 1971.

1973: Just before her 39th birthday, Bardot announced her retirement. 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.

1974: Bardot appeared in a nude photo shoot in Playboy magazine, which celebrated her 40th birthday.

1983: On September 28, 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. Bardot is also a breast cancer survivor.

1986: She established the Brigitte Bardot Foundation for the Welfare and Protection of Animals, became a vegetarian and raised three million francs to fund the foundation by auctioning off jewellery and personal belongings.

1992: Bardot's fourth and current husband is Bernard d'Ormale, a former adviser of Jean-Marie Le Pen, former leader of the far right party Front National, were married on August 16.

2003: In her book, Un cri dans le silence ("A Scream in the Silence"), she warned of an "Islamicization of France".

2010: She 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.

2011: French culture minister Frederic Mitterrand officially included bullfighting in the country's cultural heritage. Bardot wrote him a highly critical letter of protest.

2015: Brigitte Bardot condemned Greg Hunt's plan to eradicate 2 million cats to save endangered species such as Warru and Night Parrot.

INTERESTING FACT:

Bardot has written five books: Noonoah: Le petit phoque blanc; Initales B.B. (autobiography, Grasset & Fasquelle); Le Carre de Pluton; Un Cri Dans Le Silence and Pourquoi? She also participated in several musical shows and recorded many popular songs in the 1960s and 1970s, mostly in collaboration with Serge Gainsbourg, Bob Zagury and Sacha Distel.


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