Date Of Birth:
28 September 1934
Place Of Birth:
Best Known As:
Sexy French star of And God Created Woman
French actress Brigitte Bardot appeared in husband Roger Vadim's 1956 movie And God Created Woman and became a star as a blonde and wild -- but innocent -- "sex kitten" of the screen. Under Vadim's guidance during their marriage (1952-57), Bardot went from a child-woman teen model to an international sex symbol. The image is easier to recall than most of her films, with some exceptions, including The Truth (1960) and Jean-Luc Godard's Contempt (1963). Brigitte Bardot retired from films in 1974, but she still makes headlines on occasion -- not as a sex symbol, but as an overzealous champion for animals and a harsh critic of Muslim immigrants. Bardot was convicted in 2008 of violating France's anti-racism laws for publicly condemning Muslims who slaughter sheep for the celebratory feast of Aid el-Kebir (Eid al-Adha), and has been fined several times since then for hate speech and inciting racial hatred.
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