Brigitte B is all that!
Brigitte B is all that!
And God Created Woman – boy did he ever!
The enigma around the sexy 1950s and ‘60s siren Brigitte Bardot is made more apparent I think, at the knowledge that this glamorous French sex kitten now lives a very reclusive life.
Ending her acting career quite prematurely at 37 or 38 while still in her prime, and now for a fair many years, she’s rarely seen in public. Therefore it isn’t a tremendous wonder we still remember her as the youthful glamour puss she was.
BB’s talents weren’t limited to acting – she was also a dancer and a model. Furthermore, after her retirement from acting, she chose to use her fame to promote animal rights – clearly this lady was well ahead of her time in starting this trend.
So what is it about BB that I, and bill’ loads of men and women are completely intrigued by?
Errr how about her tousled hair, pouty lips, heavy eyeliner, deep cleavage, adorable overbite and ‘joie de vivre’. “Bardot has first and foremost an intense and extraordinary charisma,” writes French journalist Henry-Jean Servat in the fulsome exhibition catalogue.
It was 1952 when the teenager at that time starred in her debut film “Crazy for Love,” playing a coquettish tease possessed of great sass. And God Created Woman (1956), was BB’s first major film that launched her to international stardom and sex icon status. She played a sexually liberated young woman in the southern French town of Saint. Tropez (continually bikini clad)… hmmm.. life imitating art.. Case closed?
The oddest thing about my obsession with BB is that unbeknownst to me it’s shared… with my Dad!
One of my Aunts (God rest her soul) who was here visiting from overseas a few years ago, spilled the beans on my Dad’s never-ending comedic life episodes – one of which was his obsession with BB. She told us how my Dad first traveled to Marseille in France to try to see her, although disappointedly learned he’d missed her as she departed for Paris! Doesn’t stop there. My aunty reckons my Dad also traveled to Brazil South America looking for her…I’m dubious about this part of the story given he ended up living there for a year!
I think you get the drift.. and whilst my Dad is a rockstar in my eyes, internationally renowned rockstars were reportedly besotted by the Woman too.
Bob Dylan claimed to have dedicated his first written song to her. And recently a friend who I was discussing this article with said he had heard a rumour about her and Jimi Hendrix.. few Google searches later – voila` – an article in the Independent also mentioning a remnant rumour of that time, about her and Jimi Hendrix having sex at Heathrow Airport shortly after their first meeting.
This same article tells how John Lennon “had the band’s press agent arrange a face-to-face meeting with her at the Mayfair Hotel in 1968, when he was 29 and she was 34. Lennon was so nervous about meeting the goddess that he dropped LSD beforehand, to give him some Dutch courage. The encounter wasn’t a great success. “I was on acid,” he recalled ungallantly in Skywriting by Word of Mouth, “and she was on her way out.”
BB was not without her faults, and she appeared before the French courts in the nineties, being fined more than once for making anti-Muslim, discriminatory comments. But if you were to delve into her personal life, you might gain a human introspective as to who she was and what may have driven her to that point.
She was understatedly gorgeous, and arguably popularized the bikini. This French bombshell was also ballsy; not succumbing to Hollywood and reportedly refusing to travel there to film in one of few American films she appeared in.
However BB had attempted suicide on her 26th birthday. Years and years later when she was able to be more candid about her life, she expressed how “nightmarish” the world of celebrity had become, particularly with the constant pressures of having to display a certain image.
I guess the raw human aspect of BB and knowing she experienced the same pressures and anxieties just as anyone else, only heightens the intrigue and element of her being so endearing.
And despite her iconic stature, she’s retreated to a lifestyle in which she has sought some form of normalcy.
Hard for someone who has statues of them, idolized right across the world, and maintains a following lasting a longer period of time than their career in the spotlight.
Talk about leaving your mark.