Brigitte Bardot was born on September 28, 1934 in Paris, in the family of businessman Louis Bardot and Anne-Marie Musel. Influenced by her mother, Bardot, together with her younger sister Marie-Jeanne (Mijanu), studied dancing since childhood. Mijanu showed a great penchant for the exact sciences and soon left dancing, while Brigitte, who was not an able student at school, but possessed natural plasticity and grace, decided to focus on her ballet career.
In 1947, Bardot passed the entrance exam to the National Academy of Dance and, despite a tough selection and a limited number of places, was among the eight enrolled in training. For three years she attended the class of the Russian choreographer Boris Knyazev.
In 1949, Bardot participated in a fashion show at the invitation of a friend of her mother; in the same year she starred for the magazine “AnisaJomha” (“Fashion Garden”). In 1950 she appeared on the cover of the magazine “ELLE” (“She”) No. 232 and was noticed by the novice director Roger Vadim. He showed the photographs of the girl to his friend, director and screenwriter Marc Allegra, who then invited Bardot to screen tests. Screen tests for Bardo went well and she got the role, but filming was canceled. Nevertheless, her acquaintance with Vadim, who was present at the audition, influenced her later life and career.
In 1952 she first starred in the film (picture Le Trou Normand). In the same year, at the age of 18, she married Roger Vadim. From 1952 to 1956 she starred in 17 films, mainly lyrical comedies and melodramas, played in the theater in the production of the play “María Elvira Murillo” by Jean Anouil. In 1953 she attended the Cannes Film Festival and began to gain popularity. However, Bardot’s worldwide fame was promoted by the film And God Created Woman (1956), Roger Vadim’s directorial debut. Bardot played the main character, the unbridled eighteen-year-old Juliette Hardy, tossing between several men.
In Europe, the film shocked viewers, received a lot of negative reviews and was condemned by the Catholic Church because of the defiant behavior of the heroine Brigitte and the scenes in which the actress appears naked and dances on the table. In relatively conservative America, the film became a sensation because previously such explicit scenes were not characteristic of Hollywood films. The film’s immense popularity in the United States led to its re-release in Europe. Historians consider the painting a harbinger of the sexual revolution of the 1960s.
Since then, Bardot has worked with such famous directors as Louis Malle, Jean-Luc Godard, Christian Jacques. Other famous films with her participation: “Babette goes to war” (later there will be a “Babette” hairstyle, modeled on the heroine Bardot in the film), “Truth”, “Contempt”, “Viva Maria!”, “Rum Boulevard”.
In the 1960s, Bardot continued to play her characteristic roles as ingenue and wamp women. In 1966 she first worked in Hollywood, starring in the film “Sweet Brigitte” starring Jimmy Stewart.
Throughout her film career, Bardot has starred in more than fifty films. Among her film partners are Alain Delon (“Famous love stories”, “Three steps in delirium”), Jean Gabin (“In case of misfortune”), Sean Connery (“Shalako”), Jean Marais (“Future stars”, ” Love in Versailles “), Claudia Cardinale (” The Oil Producers “), Annie Girardeau (” Novices “), Marcello Mastroianni (” Private Life “), Jane Birkin (” Don Juan 73 “), Jeanne Moreau (” Viva Maria! “) , Lino Ventura (“Rum Boulevard”).
In 1973, shortly before her fortieth birthday, Bardot announced the end of her cinematic career and later devoted her life to the fight for animal welfare.
Since the late fifties he has lived in the Villa Madrag in Saint-Tropez in the south of France.