Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot (born September 28, 1934 in Paris) is a French former actress/singer/model and sex symbol. Nowadays she dedicates herself to animal rights activism and sometimes dabbles in writing politically-flavoured non-fiction.
Bardot was very popular in her time, and still is an icon comparable to Marilyn Monroe. She was one of few European actresses to receive attention in America, though her poor English skills limited her contact with Hollywood, not that she was particularly interested in working there. Bardot is also one of the few people whose initials were once enough to identify her. If you said B.B. in the Fifties and Sixties everyone knew you were referring to her. She retired from acting in 1973 and chose to use her fame to promote animal rights since.
As well-known as she is, how many films of hers can you actually name? And God Created Woman may be the only one. Yeah, though she's popular, it's generally felt the majority of her movies leave something to be desired in terms of artistic quality or how well they've aged. You'll be hard-pressed to find any of her films in a must-watch list (except for Contempt and that's it). That said, lists aren't everything and There Is No Such Thing as Notability.
- Les Lauriers Sont Coupés (1950) - First film. OH WAIT, no it wasn't, because it got cancelled. Still, it was a staple of her career, since auditioning for it made her seriously consider becoming an actress.
- Le Trou Normandnote (1952) - First credited film.
- Helen of Troy (1956) - Played the minor role of Andraste.
- And God Created Woman (1956) - Star-Making Role.
- The Truth - Only movie of hers nominated for an Oscar (Best Foreign Film). Regarded by fans as one of her best performances, with a little help from Enforced Method Acting invoked by the director consisting of psychologically abusing her during shooting.
- Vie privéenote (1962) - Notable for basing itself in elements of Bardot's life.
- Contempt (1963) - As noted above, her most well-received film. It helps that it was directed by Jean-Luc Godard.
- Dear Brigitte (1965) - A Hollywood film where she appears as herself (uncredited) in a short sequence.
- Viva Maria! (1965)
- À Coeur Joienote (1967) - Has awesome cinematography.
- Shalako (1968) - Odd yet bleak Western where she acted opposite Sean Connery. One of the biggest cases of WTH, Casting Agency? ever.
- Spirits of the Dead (1968)
- The Bear and the Doll (1970)
- The Legend of Frenchie King (1971) - A semi-satirical Western where she played opposite the totally-at-home Claudia Cardinale.
- Don Juan, or If Don Juan Were a Woman (1973) - Last starring role.