Monday, September 28, 2009

Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Bardot was born today (September 28) in 1934, Paris, France.
Brigitte's mother encouraged her daughter to take up music and dance, and she proved to be very adept at it. By the time she was 15 Brigitte was trying a modeling career, and found herself in the French magazine "Elle".
Her incredible beauty readily apparent, Brigitte next tried films. In 1952 she appeared on screen for the first time as Javotte Lemoine in Le Trou Normand (1952). Two more films followed, and in the same year she also married Roger Vadim.
The two had known each other years earlier and she wanted to marry him when she was 17, but her parents quashed any marriage plans until she turned 18. The union lasted only five years.
Capitalizing on her success in French films, she made her first US production in 1953 in Un Acte d'Amour (1953) with Kirk Douglas, but she continued to make films in France.
Taking the US by storm, her explosive sexuality was unlike anything seen in the US since the days of the flapper in the 1920s. She gave rise to the phrase "sex kitten" and fascination for her in the US consisted of magazine photographs and dubbed over French films -good, bad or indifferent, her films drew audiences -mainly men--into theaters like lemmings.
In 1965 she appeared as herself in the American-made Dear Brigitte (1965) with James Stewart (she only appeared in one scene). Just before she turned 40, Brigitte retired from movies. source/more

**These images available as prints via the Vintage Venus website.

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