Monday, September 28, 2009

Happy birthday, Brigitte!

"I have always adored beautiful young men. Just because I grow older, my taste doesn't change. So if I can still have them, why not?"

The French bombshell Brigitte Bardot celebrates her 75th birthday today.

She was born 28 September, 1934 in Paris, France. At the age of 15 Brigitte had made it to the fashion magazine Vogue as a model. In 1952 she made her film debut as Javotte Lemoine in Le trou normand (US title: Crazy for Love. Directly translated: "The Norman Hole", referring to the family owned hotel in the movie). Her American film debut came in the form of Un acte d'amour (1953), a film starring Kirk Douglas. Her most famous film appearances are probably in the Jean-Luc Godard film Le mépris (1963) and the Sean Connery western Shalako (1968).

From Le mépris (1963).

Brigitte Bardot's beauty and sexuality took America with storm, calling her "sex kitten". The enormous hype surrounding Brigitte wherever she went caused her to leave Hollywood at the age of 39. Aside from her modeling and Hollywood career she recorded a lot of popular songs in the 1950's and 1960's, among those a version of the sex oozing "Je t'aime... moi non plus".

Today she is most famous as an animal rights activist, and to having been married and divorced four times.

A cute little French 1960's song, "Moi je joue".

And then a couple of sexy ones with Alain Delon:


David C. said...

1952 was a very good year. Brigitte Bardot made her movie debut, Marilyn Monroe appeared on the cover of Life Magazine...and I was born.

Here's a bit of trivia for you. Brigitte's sister Mijanou was in the cast of that classic of the silver screen,
Sex Kittens Go to College, along with a lot of other people, like Mamie Van Doren, Tuesday Weld, Louie Nye, Martin Milner, Conway Twitty, Jackie Coogan, John Carradine, Harold Lloyd Jr., and Charles Chaplin Jr.

Lolita said...

David C:
Great year indeed!
Haha, seems like I've missed a real classic! Not many movies go as low in the rating as 2.0/10 on IMDb!

Kate Gabrielle said...

I think I'd kill to look like her.

Lolita said...

Kate G:
Me to, me to... (At least we can comfort ourselves with the fact that she doesn't look like that anymore, hehe.)

Mykal said...

Lolita: A picture is worth a thousand words, and with regard to the shot of Bardot sitting and talking to reporters while sipping a drink, looking back over her shoulder and smiling at a photographer (who had the good sense to photograph her from the correct angle), one word will do: WOW!

I love the look on her face in that one. What a smile amidst all the serious faces! What was special about her was that she captured what men love in all women.

Woman - thy name is Bardot. -- Mykal

Lolita said...

Yes, she has all the three qualities an attractive woman can have: She's great looking, she's cute AND she's sexy. The divine trinity!

That photo is a favorite of mine, and I love your Shakespeare paraphrase! Hehe.

Elsie said...

Do you know Gillian Hills? If not, you may like her. She was a singer and actress who had a rather similar look to Bardot (except I think she was a better singer!).

Lolita said...

Thanks for the tip, she had a very pleasant voice!