Brigitte Bardot - this name became the epitome for "sex symbol" in Europe. The letters BB stood for well-proportioned, feminine shapes.
There were four stars who demanded the title of the most erotic woman of the European film of the 50's and 60's - these are Claudia Cardinale, Gina Lollobrigida and Sophie Loren besides Brigitte Bardot. But Brigitte Bardot came out on top.
Brigitte Bardot came from a good family and was supported first by her parents. She decorate the front page of a magazine in 1949 for the first time.
Finally she was spotted by director Marc Allégret. He sent his assistant Roger Vadim und sensed the potential at once and fell in love with her. But he had to be patient for three years before he was able to got married with the 18-year old Brigitte Bardot.
He took care of her career from now on and knew how to press ahead with
her fame with some scandals and nude scenes.
After that followed much demanding attempts. She took part at Kirk Douglas' side in „Un acte d'amour - Ein Akt der Liebe“ (54) and she appeared in the movies „Doctor At Sea - Doktor Ahoy“ (55), „Les grandes manoeuvres - Das grosse Manöver“ (55) and „Helen of Troy - Die schöne Helena“ (56).
Then finally she managed the breakthrough. With Roger Vadim's „Et Dieu...créa
la femme - Und immer lockt das Weib“ (1956) she got worldwide appreciation.
After that success followed exclusively leading roles: „La mariée est trop belle - Die Braut war viel zu schön“ (56), „Une parisienne - Die Pariserin“ (57) and „En cas de malheur - Mit den Waffen einer Frau“ (58).
The marriage of Brigitte Bardot and Roger Vadim was divorced in 1957.
Brigitte Bardot strenghtened her career with movies like „La femme et le pantin - Ein Weib wie der Satan“ (58), „Babette s'en va-t-en guerre - Babette zieht in den Krieg“ (59) and „Voulez-vous danser avec moi? - Wollen Sie mit mir tanzen?“ (59).
With the movie „La vérité - Die Wahrheit“ (60) she began to do away with her myth as a sex symbol. She was married with Jacques Charrier in the meantime but quarrells clouded their luck. Brigitte Bardot even attempted a suicide at her 26th birthday. The marriage was divorced too.
In „Vie privée - Privatleben“ (61) she played her own life so to speak - a woman who became an idol of the crowd but also their victim at the same time.
Although Brigitte Bardot had the intention to retire from the film business she wasn't able to resist to appear in Godard's „Le mépris - Die Verachtung“ (63).
After that she took successfully part again in popular movies like „Viva Maria“ (65), „Shalako“ (68), „Les pétroleuses - Die Petroleum-Miezen“ (71) and „Don Juan ou si Don Juan était une femme - Don Juan 73“ (73).
Her last film was „Il Sorriso del grande tentatore“ (75), afterwards she retired from the film business - as a film legend.
In her private life she was involved in the fight for the right of animals.
Her campaign against the slaughter of seals attracted huge attention. She
established a foundation who speaks for the right of animals.
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