Wasp-waisted sex kitten Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot was born into a middle-class Roman Catholic family to father Louis, an engineer, and mother Anne-Marie. She was to become one the greatest sex symbols of the 1950s and ‘60s, up there in the pantheon alongside Monroe .
As a little girl she dreamed of becoming a ballet dancer and, at 13, was accepted at the Conservatoire de Paris, where she studied for three years alongside Leslie Caron. Two years later, a friend of her mother’s invited her to take part in a fashion show – and, at the age of 15, was on the cover of the March 1950 cover of ELLE. From that moment, the career in dancing was not to be. The film director Roger Vadim saw that magazine – and her life changed forever.
When she was 18, she made her debut as a film actress. But it took 5 years and 16 unforgettable films before she became an international star with the release of Vadim’s controversial film And God Created Woman. A year later, she married him. She went on to work with Jean Luc Goddard and was later nominated for a BAFTA Award for the 1965 film Viva Maria!. During her career she starred in 47 films with some of the most famous film stars in history, appeared in several plays and musicals and recorded over 50 songs.