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"I knew I had to be the best at something, otherwise I would be nothing. I knew I wanted the world to know about Brigitte Bardot."

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 back in her day, although her poor English skills ultimately 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. The turning point for her is undeniably And God Created Woman in 1956.

She's had numerous love affairs. The most prominent included director Roger Vadim (And God Created Woman), actor Jean-Louis Trintignant, as well as singers Serge Gainsbourg, Gilbert Bécaud and Sacha Distel. 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.

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