Movie Stars: Two Sex Goddesses Are 80 This Week–Brigitte Bardot and Sophia Loren

boy_on_a_dolphin_2_lorenTwo of the greatest sex icons of world cinema are celebrating this week their 80th birthday: French Brigitte Bardot and Italian Sophia Loren.

Loren was born on September 20, 1934, and Bardot on September 28 of the same year.

 

Over the next week or so, we will disexxed (read dissect) the their respective screen persona, specifically their erotic and sensual appeal. When and what made them international sex symbols?  Were they good actresses or just gorgeous women to look at?  Objects of desire for the male gaze (to be a bit more academic)? What were the highlights of their careers? What was their impact on the film world and on the popular global culture.

and_god_created_woman_2_bardotIn fact, Bardot and Loren became internationally famous at the same time that our Marilyn Monroe defined sensuality and sexuality in American society.  Marilyn was older than Bardot and Loren by eight years, and unlike the two European stars who began their career in late adolecence, Marilyn was well into her twenties when her career finally took off.

I am very intrigued by the 1950s, a decade that’sconsidered to be simple, homogeneous, and conservative, and yet when you dig a bit under the surface, you can see elements oof socio-economic tensions and racial and sexual conflicts.