French Actress And Fashion Model Brigitte Bardot Became An Animal Rights Activist

Date November 30, 2017 15:32

“A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you”, as the iconic French actress, Brigitte Bardot, once said. She certainly has had her share of such legendary instants imprinted on paper and in memories of many of her fans. Bardot gave up on her stardom in 1973, at the peak of her career and beauty, to start living a real life.


Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot, 83, a famous actress, dancer, fashion model, and singer, was a promising ballerina in her early years. Her acting career started in 1952 when she appeared in comedy films. But her big break came in 1957 after the controversial movie "And God Created Woman", attracting the attention of French intellectual elite. It was a story about an immoral teenager, who lived in a reputable area. The movie became a huge success, not just in France, but also abroad, especially in Britain. Brigitte was turned into a star overnight, and even a special nickname - "sex kitten" – was invented for her.


Later she starred in the film "Le Mépris" by Jean-Luc Godard, and for her role in 1965 movie "Viva Maria!" the actress was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress.

Brigitte Bardot became a star of 47 films in total, taking part in several musical shows and recording over 60 songs. But she decided to terminate her show business career in 1973 to become an animal rights activist.


The actress founded the Brigitte Bardot Foundation for the Welfare and Protection of Animals in 1986. She turned to vegetarianism and raised 3 million francs for the cause by auctioning her personal things and precious jewelry.

Bardot is fighting against seal hunting in Canada and, in 1999, she wrote a letter to Chinese President, accusing the government of  "torturing bears and killing the world's last tigers and rhinos to make aphrodisiacs". Donating over $140,000 for mass sterilization and adoption of stray dogs in Budapest, Bardot also appealed to the Denmark’s monarch to stop killing the dolphins in the Faroe Islands.


Brigitte’s three marriages ended in divorce. She first got married to film director Roger Vadim when she was just 18, in 1952, divorcing him 5 years later. In 1959 she tied the knot with an actor Jacques Charrier. After giving a birth to her son, Bardot got divorced again in 1962, leaving her son to be raised by Charrier’s family.


The third marriage with German millionaire Gunter Sachs in 1966, ended in breaking up after three years.  But the fourth time was lucky for Bardot: she got married with her current husband, Bernard d'Ormale,  who has previously been an adviser of Jean-Marie Le Pen, former leader of the far-right party Front National.


Brigitte Bardot has no regrets about her past and wouldn’t change a thing. Instead, she is fully committed to her current good cause and continues her work, fighting for animals’ rights protection.

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