Brigitte Bardot's Beautiful Life In Pictures
Written by Lyra Radford
Brigitte Ann-Marie Bardot has been so many things in her lifetime. A model, a movie star, a fashion icon, and eventually an animal rights activist.
Bardot wanted to be a ballerina early in her life and attended ballet school for three years beginning in 1947. At the invitation her mother's friend, she modelled in a fashion show in 1949 and in the same year she modelled for a fashion magazine "Jardin des Modes". Aged 15 she was noticed by a young film director while babysitting. He showed photos of her from an issue of Elle magazine, which she had appeared on the cover, to a director and screenwriter who offered Bardot the opportunity to audition for a role in his upcoming film. Although Bardot got the role, the film was cancelled but made her consider becoming an actress. She started her acting career in 1952. After appearing in 16 routine comedy films that had limited international release, she became world-famous in 1957 after starring in the controversial film And God Created Woman.
Joie De Vivre
After several failed marriages, a battle with depression, and surviving breast cancer, Bardot has more than proven to have a fierce inner strength. She’s lived an extraordinary life and continues to do so with joie de vivre–the exuberant enjoyment of life.