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Brigitte Bardot

Highest Rated:   95% Masculin Feminin (1966)
Lowest Rated:   60% Naughty Girl (1958)
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Birthplace:   Paris, France
The archetypal sex kitten, Brigitte Bardot was the first foreign-language star ever to attain a level of international success comparable to America's most popular homegrown talents. While the vast majority of her motion pictures failed to rank even remotely close to the best of her native France's prodigious New Wave-era output, they proved a major breakthrough in establishing a market for foreign films in English-speaking countries; indeed, for all of the acclaim deservedly heaped on the more gifted actors and directors of her day, perhaps no other factor was more crucial to the far-reaching success of world cinema than Bardot's sultry allure. Born on September 28, 1934, in Paris, she was the daughter of a wealthy industrialist; while studying ballet, she was approached with the offer to begin modeling, and by 1950 her image had already graced the cover of Elle magazine. There she was spotted by director Marc Allegret, who had earlier discovered the young Simone Simon. Soon Allegret's assistant, Roger Vadim, contacted Bardot for a role in the picture Les Lauriers Sont Coupes. While Allegret did not cast the young model in his film, Vadim became immediately smitten by her pouty sensuality, and in 1952 he became her husband. That same year, Bardot made her film debut in Jean Boyer's comedy Le Trou Normand; a series of bit roles followed before she appeared in Warner Bros.' 1955 production of Helen of Troy. The studio was sufficiently impressed to offer a seven-year contract, but she refused, to accept her largest role to date opposite Jean Marais and Isabelle Pia in Futures Vedettes.After traveling to Britain to appear in 1955's Doctor at Sea, Bardot returned to France to begin work on her first starring role in 1956's La Lumiere d'en Face; the film's producer, Christine Gouze-Renal, subsequently became her mentor and handled her career for a number of years. While still largely an unknown, Bardot soon enjoyed a string of hits, including Cette Sacree Gamine, Mi Figlio Nerone, and En Effeuillant la Marguerite, which positioned her as France's top sex symbol by 1957. As Bardot's popularity continued to soar, producer Raoul J. Levy offered Vadim the opportunity to direct his wife in Et Dieu Crea la Femme, an erotic melodrama co-starring Jean-Louis Trintignant. The film made Bardot an international star, earning over four million dollars in the U.S. alone. Unfortunately, her marriage to Vadim did not last, although their respective careers remained intertwined for years to come. Bardot's popularity with American audiences was unprecedented for a non-English speaking actress, and after Levy cut a reported 225,000-dollar three-picture deal with Columbia for her services, she next starred in the sex romp Une Parisienne, followed by Vadim's Les Bijoutiers du Clair de Lune. After much deliberation, plans were finally announced for Bardot's English-language debut, Paris by Night, to be helmed by Vadim with Frank Sinatra in the lead. The project fell through, however, and she next appeared in 1960's Babette s'en va-t-en Guerre opposite Jacques Charrier, who briefly became her second husband. While filming Henri-Georges Clouzot's La Verite later that year, Bardot attempted suicide on her 26th birthday. After production resumed, the completed film rose to become France's top moneymaker for the year, but it marked the end of her Columbia deal, and in light of her cooling popularity in the States and in Britain no other deals were immediately forthcoming. In 1960, Bardot released a pop music album, Inside Brigitte Bardot; several other LPs, including 1963's Brigitte Bardot Sings and 1968's Special Bardot, were to follow, and she scored a number of hit singles in tandem with the infamous singer/songwriter Serge Gainsbourg. After she fired the original director on the 1961 comedy La Bride Sur le Cou, she had Vadim step in to complete the picture. She next starred with Marcello Mastroianni in Louis Malle's La Vie

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Bardot, la méprise
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Final cut - Hölgyeim és uraim
  • Actor
2012
73% Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life
  • Actor
$0.3M 2011
No Score Yet Si Versailles m'était conté (Royal Affairs in Versailles)
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet La Parisienne (Une Parisienne)
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Brigitte Bardot: Divine B.B.
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Short - International Release
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Rum Runners
  • Linda Larue
1976
No Score Yet Ms. Don Juan
  • Jeanne
1973
No Score Yet Legend of Frenchie King
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet The Bear and the Doll
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet Les Novices
  • Agnes
1970
No Score Yet Les Femmes
  • Clara
1969
90% Spirits of the Dead
  • Giuseppina
1969
No Score Yet The Bear and the Doll
  • Felicia
1969
No Score Yet The Vixen
  • Actor
1969
No Score Yet Shalako
  • Countess Irini Lazaar
1968
No Score Yet À coeur joie (Two Weeks in September)
  • Cecile
1967
No Score Yet Mondo Hollywood
  • Actor
1967
No Score Yet Special Bardot
  • Actor
1967
95% Masculin Feminin
  • Herself
1966
No Score Yet Dear Brigitte
  • Herself, Cameo Appearance
1965
No Score Yet The Love Goddesses: A History of Sex in the Cinema
  • Actor
1965
No Score Yet Viva Maria!
  • Maria I
1965
94% Contempt
  • Camille Javal
$39.7k 1964
No Score Yet Agent 38-24-36 (Une ravissante idiote)
  • Penelope Lightfeather
1964
No Score Yet Mio figlio Nerone (Nero's Mistress)
  • Poppea
1962
No Score Yet Vie privée (A Very Private Affair)
  • Actor
1962
No Score Yet Love on a Pillow
  • Genevieve Le Theil
1962
No Score Yet Please Not Now!
  • Sophie
1961
No Score Yet The Truth
  • Dominique Marceau
1960
No Score Yet Le Testament d'Orphée
  • Herself
1960
No Score Yet Come Dance with Me
  • Virginie Dandieu
1959
No Score Yet En Cas De Malheur
  • Yvette Maudet
1959
No Score Yet La femme et le pantin (The Female)
  • Eva
1959
No Score Yet Babette s'en va-t-en guerre (Babette Goes to War)
  • Actor
1959
No Score Yet The Night Heaven Fell
  • Ursula Desfontaines
1958
60% Naughty Girl
  • Actor
1958
No Score Yet Une Parisienne
  • Brigitte Laurier
1957
80% Plucking the Daisy (En effeuillant la marguerite)
  • Agnes Dumont
1957
No Score Yet La Lumière D'En Face (Female and the Flesh) (The Light Across the Street)
  • Olivia Marceau
1957
No Score Yet Doctor at Large
  • Actor
1957
No Score Yet Cette sacrée gamine (Naughty Girl)
  • Brigitte
1956
No Score Yet Helen of Troy
  • Andraste
1956
75% ...And God Created Woman
  • Juliete Hardy
1956
No Score Yet Bride Is Much Too Beautiful
  • Chouchou
1956
No Score Yet Les Grandes Manoeuvres
  • Lucie
1955
No Score Yet School for Love (Futures vedettes)
  • Actor
1955
No Score Yet Doctor At Sea
  • Helene Colbert
1955
No Score Yet Un Acte d'Amour
  • Mimi
1953
No Score Yet The Girl in the Bikini (Manina, la fille sans voile)
  • Manina
1952
No Score Yet Crazy for Love
  • Javotte Lemoine
1952

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