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 which she proved to be very adept at
it. By the time she was 15 years old, Brigitte was attempting
to model, finding herself in the French magazine Elle.
Her beauty readily apparent, Brigitte soon attempted films.
In 1952, she appeared on screen for the first time as Javotte
Lemoine in Le Trou Normand. Two others followed and
it was also the same year she married Roger Vadim. The two
had known each other years earlier and she wanted to marry
him when she was 17, but her parents squashed any marriage
plans until she turned 18. The union lasted only five years.
Based upon her success in French films she made her first
US production in 1953 in Act of Love with Kirk Douglas.
Back in France afterwards Brigitte continued to star in
French productions. The fascination of her in the US consisted
of magazines photographs and dubbed over French films. She
was and always would be a totally French product. Nonetheless,
she was extremely popular in the USA. In 1965, she appeared
as herself in the US made Dear Brigitte with Jimmy Stewart.
She only appeared in one scene. Just before she turned 40,
Brigitte retired from movies after filming Il Sorriso
Del Grande Tentatore. She prefers life outside of stardom.
While it enabled her to become internationally famous, it
also carried with it annoyances. It wasn't anything for
her to have "fans" enter her house or onto the grounds 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.