Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot (born September 28, 1934 in Paris) is a French former actress/singer/model, sex symbol and activist.
Bardot was very popular in her time, and still is an icon comparable to Marilyn Monroe in France. She was one of the few European actresses to receive attention in America, although 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 them; if you said B.B. in the '50s and '60s, everyone knew you were referring to her.
She retired from acting in 1973 and chose to use her fame to promote animal rights since, and sometimes dabbles in writing politically-flavoured non-fiction.
Her younger sister Marie-Jeanne "Mijanou" Bardot also became an actress for a time, and also retired from her acting career in The '70s.
- 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 (1960) - 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) - Perhaps 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)
- Shalako (1968) - Odd yet bleak Western where she acted opposite Sean Connery.
- 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.