Biography Bridget Bardot
Bridget Bardot was the first foreign-language star to attain international fame and success. Bridget was born on September 28, 1934, in Paris. A daughter of a wealthy industrialist, Bridget studied ballet and was offered modeling contracts quite early in her life. By 1950, she featured on most Elle magazine covers and attained the image of a cover-girl.
In 1952, Bardot made her movie debut in the Le Trou Normand Series, a series of comedy flicks directed by Jean Boyer. In 1955, she appeared in Warner Brothers’ production, Helen of Troy. The studio was quite impressed by her role and offered her a seven-year contract, but, surprisingly, she refused.
In 1956, she returned to France and worked on her first lead role in La Lumiere d'en Face. The film was produced by Christine Gouze-Renal, who, later became Bridget’s mentor and handled her career for few years. Her other French hits included Mi Figlio Nerone, En Effeuillant la Marguerite and Cette Sacree Gamine. Her popularity made her France’s top sex symbol by 1957. Bridget Bardot starred in Et Dieu Crea la Femme which made her an international star. In the United States alone, she earned a whopping four million dollars
She was so popular with the American audiences that Columbia, reportedly, offered a $225,000 million triple-movie deal. During the 1960s Bardot appeared in Babette s'en va-t-en Guerre opposite Jacques Charrier, who she married later. She starred in Henri-Georges Clouzot's La Verite, which rose to become France’s top moneymaker of the year.
Bridget Bardot’s music career was also quite popular. She released her first pop music album, Inside Brigitte Bardot, in 1960. With the success of this album, her other LPs including 1963’s Brigitte Bardot Sings and 1968’s Special Bardot, were also quite popular. Her first American movie was a family comedy, Dear Bridget, which was released in 1964. After a decade, she decided to retire.
Bridget Bardot was also known for her controversial racial comments, especially about mosques in France and the ritual slaughter of sheep during the Muslim festival of Eid-al adha for which she was fined. She also wrote some books including the controversial 2003 book, A Scream of Silence.