Marie Bardot (French, born September 28, 1934), often referred to by her initials B.B., is a French animal rights activist and former actress, singer and model.

Famous for portraying sexually emancipated personae with hedonistic lifestyles, she was the best known sex symbols of the 1950s and 1960s.

Although she withdrew from the industry in 1973, she has remained a major popular culture icon.

Born and raised in Paris, Bardot was aspiring ballerina in early life. She started acting in 1952, at age 18.

She achieved international recognition in 1957 for her role in And God Created Woman (1956).

Most Liberated Woman of Post-War France

More importantly, she also caught the attention of French intellectuals. She was the subject of Simone de Beauvoir’s 1959 essay The Lolita Syndrome, which described her as a “locomotive of women’s history,” and built upon existentialist themes to declare her the first and most liberated woman of post-war France.

Critical Status:

She won a 1961 David di Donatello Best Foreign Actress Award for her work in Clouzot’s The Truth, which was nominated for the 1960 Best Foreign Language Oscar.

Bardot later starred in one of Jean-Luc Godard’s best films, Le Mépris (Contempt) (1963), an undisputable masterpiece.

For her role in Louis Malle’s Viva Maria! (1965), opposite Jeanne Moreau, she was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress.

Oeuvre:

Bardot retired from the entertainment industry in 1973. She had acted in 47 films, performed in several musicals, and recorded more than 60 songs.

She was awarded the Legion of Honor in 1985.

After retiring, she became animal rights activist and created the Brigitte Bardot Foundation. Bardot is known for her strong personality, outspokenness, and speeches on animal defense; she has been fined twice for public insults. She has also been a controversial political figure, having been fined five times for inciting racial hatred when she criticized immigration and Islam in France.

She is married to Bernard d’Ormale, a former adviser to Jean-Marie Le Pen, French far-right politician.

Bardot is a member of the Global 500 Roll of Honor of the U.N. Environment Program and has received awards from UNESCO and PETA.

Los Angeles Times ranked her second on the “50 Most Beautiful Women In Film.”

Early life

However, she recalled feeling resentful in early years. Her father demanded that she follow strict behavioral standards, including good table manners, and wear appropriate clothes. Her mother was extremely selective in choosing companions for her, and as a result, Bardot had very few childhood friends. Bardot cited a personal traumatic incident when she and her sister broke her parents’ favorite vase while they were playing in the house; her father whipped the sisters 20 times and henceforth treated them like “strangers,” demanding them to address their parents by the pronoun “vouz,” which is a formal style of address, used when speaking to unfamiliar or higher-status persons.

The incident decisively led to Bardot resenting her parents, and to her future rebellious lifestyle.

During World War II, when Paris was occupied by Nazi Germany, Bardot spent more time at home due to strict civilian surveillance.

She became engrossed in dancing, which her mother saw as  potential for a ballet career. Bardot was admitted at the age of 7 to the private school Cours Hattemer. She went to school 3 days a week, which gave her time to take dance lessons at local studio, under her mother’s arrangements.

In 1949, Bardot was accepted at the Conservatoire de Paris. For 3 years she attended ballet classes by Russian choreographer Boris Knyazev. She also studied at the Institut de la Tour,  private Catholic high school near her home.

“Junior” Fashion Model

Hélène Gordon-Lazareff, director of the magazines Elle and Le Jardin des Modes, hired Bardot in 1949 as a “junior” fashion model.

On March 8, 1950, Bardot (aged 15) appeared on the cover of Elle, which brought her acting offer for the film Les Lauriers sont coupés from director Marc Allégret.

Her parents opposed her becoming an actress, but her grandfather was supportive, saying that “If this little girl is to become a whore, cinema will not be the cause.”

At the audition, Bardot met Roger Vadim, who later notified her that she did not get the role. They subsequently fell in love. Her parents fiercely opposed their relationship; her father announced that she would continue her education in England and that he had bought her a train ticket. Bardot reacted by putting her head into an oven with open fire; her parents stopped her and ultimately accepted the relationship, on condition that she marry Vadim at the age of 18.

Career

Beginnings: 1952–1955

Bardot at the 1953 Cannes Film Festival

Bardot appeared on the cover of Elle again in 1952, which landed her an offer in the comedy Crazy for Love (1952), starring Bourvil and directed by Jean Boyer. She was paid 200,000 francs (5,368.34 US dollars) for the small role as a cousin of the main character.

Bardot’s second film role was Manina, the Girl in the Bikini (1953), directed by Willy Rozier.

She also had roles in The Long Teeth and His Father’s Portrait (both 1953).

Bardot had a small role in a Hollywood-financed film shot in Paris, Act of Love (1953), starring Kirk Douglas.

Cannes Film Festival, 1953

She received her first major media attention when she attended the Cannes Film Fest in April 1953.

Bardot played the lead role in the Italian melodrama, Concert of Intrigue (1954) and in a French adventure film, Caroline and the Rebels (1954).

She had good part as flirtatious student in School for Love (1955), opposite Jean Marais, for director Marc Allégret.

Bardot played her first sizable English-language role in Doctor at Sea (1955), as the love interest for Dirk Bogarde. The film was the third-most-popular movie at the British box-office that year.

She had a small role in The Grand Maneuver (1955) for director René Clair, supporting Gérard Philipe and Michelle Morgan.

The part was bigger in The Light Across the Street (1956) for director Georges Lacombe.

She did another with Hollywood film, Helen of Troy, playing Helen’s handmaiden.

Becoming Blonde

For the Italian movie Mio figlio Nerone (1956) Bardot was asked by the director to appear as 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 color.

Rise to stardom: 1956–1962

Bardot in 1958 Venice Film Fest

The Turning Point: 1956-1957

Bardot appeared in four movies that made her a star. First was a musical, Naughty Girl (1956), 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 in France.

It was followed by a comedy, Plucking the Daisy (1956), written by Vadim with director Marc Allégret, and another success at France.

So too was the comedy The Bride Is Much Too Beautiful (1956) with Louis Jourdan.

Then came the erotic melodrama And God Created Woman (1956), Vadim’s debut as director, with Bardot starring opposite Jean-Louis Trintignant and Curt Jurgens.

The film, about an immoral teenager in a respectable small-town setting, was a huge success, not just in France but around the world – it was among the ten most popular films in Britain in 1957. It turned Bardot into an international star. From that moment, she was hailed as the “sex kitten.”

Scandal in America

The film was a scandal in the U.S. and theatre managers were arrested for screening it.

During her early career, professional photographer Sam Lévin’s photos contributed to the image of Bardot’s sensuality. One showed Bardot from behind, dressed in a white corset.

British photographer Cornel Lucas made images of Bardot in the 1950s and 1960s that have become representative of her public persona.

Bardot followed And God Created Woman with La Parisienne (1957), a comedy co-starring Charles Boyer for director Boisrond.

She was reunited with Vadim in another melodrama The Night Heaven Fell (1958).

She played a criminal who seduced Jean Gabin in In Case of Adversity (1958), which became the 13th most seen movie of the year in France.

In 1958, Bardot became the highest-paid French actress.

The Female (1959) for director Julien Duvivier was popular, but Babette Goes to War (1959), a comedy set in World War II, was a huge hit, France’s fourth biggest movie of the year in France.

Also widely seen was Come Dance with Me (1959) from Boisrond.

 

Bardot in A Very Private Affair in 1962

Inte’l Films & Songs, 1962–1968

Bardot visiting Brazil, 1964

The courtroom thriller The Truth (1960), from Henri-Georges Clouzot, was a highly publicized 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 the Best Foreign Film Oscar.

Bardot was awarded a David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Actress for her role in the film.

She made a comedy with Vadim, Please, Not Now! (1961).

She had a role in the all-star anthology, Famous Love Affairs (1962).

Bardot starred alongside Marcello Mastroianni in a film inspired by her life in A Very Private Affair (Vie privée, 1962), directed by Louis Malle.

More popular in France was Love on a Pillow (1962), another for Vadim.

In the mid-1960s, Bardot made films aimed at the international market. She starred in Jean-Luc Godard’s film Le Mépris (1963), produced by Joseph E. Levine and starring Jack Palance.

The following year she co-starred with Anthony Perkins in the comedy Une ravissante idiote (1964).

Dear Brigitte (1965), Bardot’s first Hollywood film, was 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 female buddy comedy Viva Maria! (1965) for director Louis Malle, appearing opposite Jeanne Moreau. It was a big hit in France and worldwide, although it did not break through in the US as it had been hoped.

After a cameo in Godard’s  masterpiece, Masculin Féminin (1966).

She had her first flop in years, Two Weeks in September (1968), a French–English co-production.

She had a small role in the all-star Spirits of the Dead (1968), acting opposite Alain Delon.

Western Starring Sean Connery

She then tried a Hollywood film again, Shalako (1968), a Western starring Sean Connery, which was a box-office failure.

Musical Shows and Songs

She 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

The songs included “Harley Davidson”; “Je Me Donne À Qui Me Plaît”; “Bubble gum”; “Contact”; “Je Reviendrai Toujours Vers Toi”; “L’Appareil À Sous”; “La Madrague”; “On Déménage”; “Sidonie”; “Tu Veux, Ou Tu Veux Pas?”; “Le Soleil De Ma Vie”

(the cover of Stevie Wonder’s “You Are the Sunshine of My Life”); and “Je t’aime… moi non-plus”.

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 1986 and became a popular download hit in 2006 when Universal Music made its back catalogue available to purchase online, with this version of the song ranking as the third most popular download.

Bardot in 1968

Final films: 1969–1973

From 1969 to 1978, Bardot was the official face of Marianne (previously anonymous) to represent the liberty of France.

Les Femmes (1969) was a flop, though the screwball comedy The Bear and the Doll (1970) performed better.

Her last films were comedies: Les Novices (1970), Boulevard du Rhum (1971) (with Lino Ventura).

The Legend of Frenchie King (1971) was more popular, helped by Bardot co-starring with Claudia Cardinale.

She made one more film with Vadim, Don Juan, or If Don Juan Were a Woman (1973), playing the title role. 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. 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”.

Elegant Retirement

“If Don Juan is not my last movie, it will be my next to last,” said Bardot during filming.

She kept her word and only made one more film, The Edifying and Joyous Story of Colinot (1973).

In 1973, Bardot announced she was retiring from acting as “a way to get out elegantly.”

Animal Rights Activism

After appearing in more than 40 motion pictures and recording several music albums, Bardot used her fame to promote animal rights.

In 1986, she established the BB Foundation for the Welfare and Protection of Animals. She became a vegetarian and raised 3 million of francs to fund the foundation by auctioning off jewelry and personal belongings.

She once had a neighbor’s donkey castrated while looking after it, on the grounds of its “sexual harassment” of her own donkey and mare, for which she was taken to court by the donkey’s owner in 1989.

Bardot wrote a 1999 letter to Chinese President Jiang Zemin, published in French magazine VSD, in which she accused the Chinese of “torturing bears and killing the world’s last tigers and rhinos to make aphrodisiacs.”

Bardot in 2002

She has donated more than $140,000 over two years for mass sterilization and adoption program for Bucharest’s stray dogs, estimated to number 300,000.

Bardot is a strong animal rights activist and major opponent of the consumption of horse meat.

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 August 2010, Bardot sent letter to the Queen of Denmark, Margrethe II of Denmark, appealing for the sovereign to halt the killing of dolphins in the Faroe Islands. 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 … an outmoded tradition that has no acceptable justification in today’s world.”

On 22 April 2011, French culture minister Frédéric Mitterrand officially included bullfighting in the country’s cultural heritage. Bardot wrote him critical letter of protest.

On 25 May 2011, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society renamed its fast interceptor vessel, MV Gojira, as MV Brigitte Bardot in appreciation of her support.

From 2013 onwards, the Brigitte Bardot Foundation in collaboration with Kagyupa International Monlam Trust of India has operated an annual veterinary care camp. She has committed to the cause of animal welfare in Bodhgaya year after year.

On 23 July 2015, Bardot condemned Australian politician Greg Hunt’s plan to eradicate 2 million cats to save endangered species such as the Warru and night parrot.

Personal life

Marriages and relationships

Throughout her life, Bardot had 17 relationships with men and was married four times.

Bardot was leaving for another relationship when “the present was getting lukewarm” she said, “I have always looked for passion. That’s why I was often unfaithful. And when the passion was coming to an end, I was packing my suitcase.”

On December 20, 1952, aged 18, Bardot married director Roger Vadim.

In 1956, she had become romantically involved with Jean-Louis Trintignant, her co-star in And God Created Woman. Trintignant at the time was married to actress Stéphane Audran.

Bardot and Vadim divorced in 1957; they had no children together, but remained in touch, and collaborated on later projects. The stated reason for the divorce was Bardot’s affairs with two other men. Bardot and Trintignant lived together for about two years, spanning the period before and after Bardot’s divorce from Vadim, but they never married. Their relationship was complicated by Trintignant’s frequent absence due to military service and Bardot’s affair with musician Gilbert Bécaud.

After her separation from Vadim, Bardot acquired a historic property dating from the 16th century, called Le Castelet, in Cannes. The fourteen-bedroom villa, surrounded by lush gardens, olive trees, and vineyards, consisted of several buildings.[68]

Bardot and Sami Frey in Saint-Tropez, 1963

In 1958, she bought a second property called La Madrague, located in Saint Tropez. In early 1958, her break-up with Trintignant was followed by a reported nervous breakdown in Italy, according to newspaper reports. A suicide attempt with sleeping pills two days earlier was also noted but was denied by her public relations manager.

She recovered within weeks and began a relationship with actor Jacques Charrier. She became pregnant before they were married on June 18, 1959. Bardot’s only child, her son Nicolas-Jacques Charrier, was born on January 11, 1960.

Bardot had an affair with Glenn Ford in the early 1960s.

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.

 Sami Frey was mentioned as the reason for her divorce from Charrier. Bardot was enamored of Frey, but he quickly left her.

From 1963 to 1965, she lived with musician Bob Zagury.

Bardot’s third marriage was to German millionaire playboy Gunther Sachs, lasting from July 14, 1966 to October 7, 1969, though they had separated the previous year.

Rejecting Sean Connery

As she was on the set of Shalako, she had rejected Sean Connery’s advances; she said, “It didn’t last long because I wasn’t a James Bond girl! I have never succumbed to his charm!”

In 1968, she began dating Patrick Gilles, who co-starred with her in The Bear and the Doll (1970); she ended their relationship in spring 1971.

Bardot then dated in succession bartender/ski instructor Christian Kalt, club owner Luigi Rizzi, singer Serge Gainsbourg, writer John Gilmore, actor Warren Beatty, and Laurent Vergez, her co-star in Don Juan, or If Don Juan Were a Woman.

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

In 1975, she began relationship with artist Miroslav Brozek and posed for some of his sculptures. Brozek was also an actor; his stage name is Jean Blaise. The couple lived together at La Madrague; they separated in December 1979.

From 1980 to 1985, Bardot had live-in relationship with French TV producer Allain Bougrain-Dubourg.

On 28 September 28, 1983, her 49th birthday, Bardot took an overdose of sleeping pills or tranquilizers with red wine. She was rushed to the hospital, where her life was saved after stomach pump to evacuate the pills from her body.

Bardot was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1984. She refused to undergo chemotherapy treatment and decided only to do radiation. She recovered in 1986.

Bardot’s fourth and current husband is Bernard d’Ormale; they have been married since August 16, 1992.

In 2018, in an interview accorded to Le Journal du Dimanche, she denied rumors of relationships with Johnny Hallyday, Jimi Hendrix, and Mick Jagger.

Politics and legal issues

Bardot supported President de Gaulle in the 1960s.

Bardot and John Paul II in Rome, 1995

In her 1999 book Le Carré de Pluton (Pluto’s Square), Bardot criticizes the procedure used in the ritual slaughter of sheep during the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.

In a section in the book entitled “Open Letter to My Lost France”, she 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 30,000 francs (6,853.2 US dollars) in June 2000.

She had been fined in 1997 for the original publication of this open letter in Le Figaro and again in 1998 for making similar remarks.

In her 2003 book, Un cri dans le silence (A Scream in the Silence), she contrasted her close gay friends with homosexuals who “jiggle their bottoms, put their little fingers in the air and with their little castrato voices moan about what those ghastly heteros put them through,” and said some contemporary homosexuals behave like “fairground freaks.”

In her own defense, Bardot wrote in a letter to a French gay magazine: “Apart from my husband — who maybe will cross over one day as well — I am entirely surrounded by homos. For years, they have been my support, my friends, my adopted children, my confidants.”

In her book, she wrote about racial mixing, immigration, the role of women in politics, and Islam. The book also attacked what she called the mixing of genes and praised previous generations who had given their lives to push out invaders.

On 10 June 2004, Bardot was convicted for fourth time by a French court for inciting racial hatred and fined €5,000 (5711 US dollars). Bardot denied the racial hatred charge and apologized in court, saying: “I never knowingly wanted to hurt anybody. It is not in my character.”

In 2008, Bardot was convicted of inciting racial/religious hatred in regard to a letter she wrote, a copy she sent to Nicolas Sarkozy when he was Interior Minister of France.

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 trial concluded on 3 June 2008, with a conviction and fine of €15,000 (17133 US dollars). The prosecutor stated she was tired of charging Bardot with offences related to racial hatred.

During the 2008 United States presidential election, she branded the Republican Party vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin as “stupid” and a “disgrace to women.”

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 by her lack of consideration in protecting polar bears.

On 13 August 2010, Bardot criticized director Kyle Newman for his plan to make a biographical film on her life. She told him, “Wait until I’m dead before you make a movie about my life!” otherwise “sparks will fly.”

In 2015, she threatened to sue a Saint-Tropez boutique selling items with her face on them.

In 2014, Bardot wrote open letter demanding the ban in France of shechita, describing it as “ritual sacrifice.” In response, the European Jewish Congress released a statement saying “Bardot has once again shown her clear insensitivity for minority groups with the substance and style of her letter…She may well be concerned for the welfare of animals but her longstanding support for the far-Right and for discrimination against minorities in France shows constant disdain for human rights instead.”

In 2018, Bardot expressed support for the yellow vests movement.

On March 19, 2019, Bardot sent open letter to Réunion prefect Amaury de Saint-Quentin in which she accused inhabitants of the Indian Ocean island of animal cruelty and referred to them as “autochthonous who have kept the genes of savages”. In her letter relating to animal abuse and sent through her foundation, she mentioned the “beheadings of goats and billy goats” during festivals, and associated these practices with “reminiscences of cannibalism from past centuries”. The public prosecutor filed a lawsuit against her the following day.[96]

In June 2021, Bardot, 86, was fined €5,000 (5,711 US dollars) by the Arras court for public insults against the hunters and their national president Willy Schraen. Initially, she had published a post at the end of 2019 on the Brigitte Bardot Foundation’s website, calling hunters “sub-men” and “drunkards” and carriers of “genes of cruel barbarism inherited from our primitive ancestors”. Schraen was also insulted. At the time of the hearing, she had not removed the comments from the website.

Following her letter sent to the prefect of Réunion in 2019, she was convicted on 4 November 2021 by a French court for public insults and fined €20,000 (22844 US dollars), the largest of her fines to date.

Joan of Arc of the Century

Bardot’s husband Bernard d’Ormale is former adviser to Jean-Marie Le Pen, former leader of the far-right party National Front (now National Rally), the far-right party in France, known for its nationalist beliefs. Bardot expressed support for Marine Le Pen, leader of the National Front (National Rally), calling her “the Joan of Arc of the 21st century.”

She endorsed Le Pen in the 2012 and 2017 French presidential elections.

Legacy

Bardot’s fashion in 1961

Brigitte Bardot statue in Buzios, Brazil

The Guardian named Bardot “one of the most iconic faces, models, and actors of the 1950s and 1960s”.

She has been called a “style icon” and a “muse for DiorBalmain, and Pierre Cardin.”

In fashion, the Bardot neckline (a wide-open neck that exposes both shoulders) is named after her. Bardot popularized this style which is especially used for knitted sweaters or jumpers although it is also used for other tops and dresses.

Fashion Icon: Bikini

Bardot popularized the bikini in early films such as Manina (1952) (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.[103] She gained additional attention when she filmed …And God Created Woman (1956) with Jean-Louis Trintignant (released in France as Et Dieu Créa La Femme). In it Bardot portrays an immoral teenager cavorting in a bikini who seduces men in a respectable small-town setting. The film was an international success.[31]

Bardot’s image was linked to the shoemaker Repetto, who created a pair of ballerinas for her in 1956.[104] The bikini was in the 1950s relatively well accepted in France but was still considered risqué in the U.S.

As late as 1959, Anne Cole, one of the US’ largest swimsuit designers, said, “It’s nothing more than a G-string. It’s at the razor’s edge of decency.”

She also brought into fashion the choucroute (“Sauerkraut”) hairstyle (a sort of beehive hair style) and gingham clothes after wearing a checkered pink dress, designed by Jacques Esterel, at her wedding to Charrier.

She was the subject of an Andy Warhol painting.

Isabella Biedenharn of Elle wrote that Bardot “has inspired thousands (millions?) of women to tease their hair or try out winged eyeliner over the past few decades”. A well-known evocative 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,[108] Elle Macpherson,[109] Gisele Bündchen,[110] and Rihanna.[111] In the late 1960s, Bardot’s silhouette was used as a model for designing and modeling the statue’s bust of Marianne, a symbol of the French Republic.[42]

In addition to popularizing the bikini swimming suit, Bardot has been credited with popularizing the city of St. Tropez and the town of Armação dos Búzios in Brazil, which she visited in 1964 with her boyfriend at the time, Brazilian musician Bob Zagury. The place where she stayed in Búzios is today a small hotel, Pousada do Sol, and also a French restaurant, Cigalon.[112] The town hosts a Bardot statue by Christina Motta.[113]

Idolized by the Beatles

Bardot was idolized by the young John Lennon and Paul McCartney. They made plans to shoot a film featuring The Beatles and Bardot, similar to A Hard Day’s Night, but the plans were never fulfilled.[31] Lennon’s first wife Cynthia Powell lightened her hair colour to more closely resemble Bardot, while George Harrison made comparisons between Bardot and his first wife Pattie Boyd, as Cynthia wrote later in A Twist of Lennon. Lennon and Bardot met in person once, in 1968 at the May Fair 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.”[116] According to the liner notes of his first (self-titled) album, musician Bob Dylan dedicated the first song he ever wrote to Bardot. He also mentioned her by name in “I Shall Be Free“, which appeared on his second album, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan. The first-ever official exhibition spotlighting Bardot’s influence and legacy opened in Boulogne-Billancourt on 29 September 2009 – a day after her 75th birthday.[117] The Australian pop group Bardot was named after her.

Women who emulated and were inspired by Bardot include Claudia Schiffer, Emmanuelle Béart, Elke Sommer, Kate Moss, Faith Hill, Isabelle Adjani, Diane Kruger, Lara Stone, Kylie Minogue, Amy Winehouse, Georgia May Jagger, Zahia Dehar, Scarlett Johansson, Louise Bourgoin, and Paris Hilton. Bardot said: “None have my personality.” 

Laetitia Casta embodied Bardot in the 2010 French drama film Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life by Joann Sfar.

In 2011, Los Angeles Times Magazines list of “50 Most Beautiful Women In Film” ranked her number two.

Bardot inspired Nicole Kidman to promote the 2013 campaign shoot of the British brand Jimmy Choo.

In 2015, Bardot was ranked number six in “The Top Ten Most Beautiful Women Of All Time,” according to a survey by Amyway’s beauty company in the UK, which involved 2,000 women.

In 2020, Vogue named Bardot number one of “The most beautiful French actresses of all time.”

In a retrospective retracing women throughout the history of cinema, she was listed among “the most accomplished, talented and beautiful actresses of all time” by Glamour.

Filmography

Books

Bardot has also written five books:

  • Noonoah: Le petit phoque blanc (Grasset, 1978)nitiales B.B. (autobiography, Grasset & Fasquelle, 1996)
  • Le Carré de Pluton (Grasset & Fasquelle, 1999)
  • Un Cri Dans Le Silence (Editions Du Rocher, 2003)
  • Pourquoi? (Editions Du Rocher, 2006)

Accolades

Awards and nominations

Honours

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