Brigitte Bardot

. 28 September_
Brigitte Bardot
(81th anniversary)
28 September 1934 
Paris, France 
5' 7" (1.70 m)

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. Her mother was 14 years younger than Brigitte's father and they married in 1933. 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".

Capitalizing on her success in French films, Brigitte made her first American production in Acto de amor (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 Querida Brigitte (1965) with James Stewart (she only appeared in one scene).

Just before she turned 40, Brigitte retired from movies after filming L'histoire très bonne et très joyeuse de Colinot Trousse-Chemise (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. - IMDb Mini Biography By: Denny Jackson

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
Platinum blonde hair

Large brown eyes

Deep sultry voice

Voluptuous figure

Gapped front teeth

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).

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 (1912-1978), nicknamed Toty, her parents married in 1933. 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 1960s and 1970s.

Breast cancer survivor.

Animal rights activist.

Is a vegetarian.

She can be seen on the sleeve of the album "Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors" by former Marillion singer Fish. She is also mentioned in his song "Big Wedge".

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).

Good friends with Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale.

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 1970 to 1980.

She has two granddaughters from her son Nicolas's marriage to Anne-Line Bjerkan, daughter of a Norwegian diplomat: Anna (born in 1985) and Thea (born in 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 (real name Marie-Jeanne Bardot, born 1938).

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).

Was named Empire Magazine's #98 in the list of 100 Sexiest Stars (2007).

Was also romantically linked to actors Jean-Louis Trintignant and Sami Frey, singers Gilbert Bécaud, Serge Gainsbourg and Sacha Distel, writer John Gilmore and sculptor Miroslaw Brozek.

Gave birth to Nicolas-Jacques Charrier in 1960, who was raised by his father's family after her divorce from his father Jacques Charrier in 1962.

Once castrated a neighbor's donkey.

Brought into fashion the choucroute (sauerkraut) hairstyle.

The Brazilian city of Búzios erected a statue of hers in honor of her influence in popularizing the city.

Is mentioned in many songs including "Brigitte Bardot" by Jordan Galland, "Message of Love" by The Pretenders, "We Didn't Start the Fire" by Billy Joel, "Warlocks" by Red Hot Chili Peppers and "It's Not Enough" by The Who.

Was born at 5 place Violet in the 15th district of Paris.

Serge Gainsbourg wrote for and recorded with her his most noted song "Je t' non plus", but she pleaded him not to release their recording, so her vocals were replaced by Jane Birkin one year later (1968).

Owns homes in Saint-Tropez, Yvelines and Paris.

She had taken dancing lessons from age 5, and when she was 13, one of her classmates in dancing class was Leslie Caron.

Was mentioned in the 1995 single "Stardust" by Menswear (her name is rhymed with "bravado").

On the set of "La Bride Sur Le Cou" directed by her ex-husband Roger Vadim, she met his new girlfriend, Catherine Deneuve. About her she said "...behind Vadim lingered a 17-year-old brunette who dressed like me 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 Catherine Deneuve.

In 1994, scandalized by Sophia Loren's posing in furs in several printed ads for the Italian fur tailor company Annabella, she published an open letter to Sophia Loren, where she accused her acting contemporary 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 in '83-'84 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 took the plane and went to her Madrague at Saint-Tropez and convinced her to start her treatment.

Prior to her worldwide breakthrough in And God Created Woman (1956), while still a starlet, Brigitte was a familiar in many Italian movies. She once shared a hotel room in Rome with Ursula Andress. It is 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 (2011).

Was the third name entered on IMDB, just after Lauren Becall (nm0000002).

Has been characterized as anti-Muslim and anti-gay with her support for right wing French politician Jean-Marie Le Pen.

In 1986 she 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.".

She is the one of the eight surviving people mentioned by name in the 1989 Billy Joelsong "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.

Personal Quotes 
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.

[observation, 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.

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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