BB - The Legend
Brigitte Bardot was born September 28 1934, to a bourgeois Parisian family from the prestigious 16th arrondissement. She had her heart set on being a ballerina and went to study at the Conservatoire de Paris.
In May 1949 she appeared on the cover of Elle Magazine - her image was on every corner newsstand and she became an overnight sensation.
By 1952 she was acting in “Le trou Normand” (Crazy for Love”), then “Manina, la fille sans voile” (“The Girl in the Bikini”), “Les Dents Longues” (“The Long Teeth”), “Le Portrait de son Pere” and opposite Kirk Douglas, in a small part as Mimi, in Anatole Litvak’s “Act of Love”.
But it was in 1957, when married to Roger Vadim, that she broke out as the star of his controversial film “And God Created Woman”. It was this film and this role, at that time, that catapulted her to international stardom, very much a symbol of a new sexuality, a new physical expression that would become the norm for the decades to come.