25 Revealing Stories About The Gorgeous Stars Of The 1960s

By | August 25, 2022

Brigitte Bardot is a beautiful lady in red

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We don't have all the figures, but it's likely that Brigitte Bardot is one of the most photographed women of all time. When she came onto the scene in And God Created Woman she sent shockwaves through the cinema, but that adoration came at a price.

While speaking with The Guardian, Bardot explained that she gave up acting not because of the lack of parts, but because she couldn't escape from people who all wanted something from her:

I know what it feels like to be hunted. The majority of great actresses met tragic ends. When I said goodbye to this job, to this life of opulence and glitter, images and adoration, the quest to be desired, I was saving my life. This worship of celebrity… suffocated me.

A young Ann-Margret on the set of the 1962 film, State Fair

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It's almost as if Ann-Margret appeared out of the ether as a fully formed star, ready to woo the audience with her Laplandian charm, but she worked hard to become one of Hollywood's most endearing and enduring stars.

Initially signed to a recording deal with RCA by George Burns, she received a seven year contract with Fox in 1962, the same year that she appeared in State Fair. As with many things in Ann-Margret's life, luck played a large factor in this casting.

While at the San Luis Obispo Film Festival she explained that she initially went into the audition for the role of a goody two shoes, and walked out of the audition being cut as the bad girl.