Brigitte Bardot was known as one of the ultimate $ex symbols of the 1950s and 1960s. Bardot shot to fame when she was only a teenager. After making her film debut in 1952, the iconic blonde bombshell made international waves, quickly grabbing the attention of Hollywood bigwigs.
In her early life, Bardot was an aspiring ballet dancer. In 1947 Bardot was accepted to the Conservatoire de Paris, and for 3 years she attended the ballet classes of Russian choreographer Boris Knyazev.
She later modeled for a fashion magazines and began a career as an actress. Her early films were generally romantic dramas, some historical, in which she was cast as ingénue or siren, often in varying states of undress. The film And God Created Woman (1956) with Jean-Louis Trintignant, about an immoral teenager in a respectable small-town setting, was her first international success.
The writer and existentialist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir described Bardot as a “locomotive of women’s history” and declared her the first and most liberated woman of post-war France.
Brigitte Bardot posing for Kees Van Dongen, 1959
Brigitte Bardot with her German millionaire husband Gunther Sachs at home in Rome, Italy in 1967
Brigitte Bardot does the cha-cha in the movie Will You Dance With Me? (1959)
Brigitte Bardot (1960s)
Brigitte Bardot, c. 1954
Brigitte Bardot in France, c. 1950’s
Brigitte Bardot in 1958
Brigitte Bardot in the 1950s
Brigitte Bardot by Sam Lévin 1954
Brigitte Bardot at Pablo Picasso’s studio, 1956