Brigitte Bardot's Life In 60 Unedited Photos


Bardot suffered a breakdown after losing her husband and her lover

Brigitte Ann-Marie Bardot has been so many things in her lifetime. A sex symbol, a fashion icon, and eventually an animal rights activist. The French actress, singer, and model often referred to by her initials, B.B., shocked the world when she walked away from her career at just 39-years old.

This early retirement may have been prompted by her exhaustion and a desire to focus on animal rights but it also immortalized her former image. Her onscreen presence is now encased in amber, a separate lifetime from the one in which she exists now.

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Bardot had been seeing Jean-Louis Trintignant since 1956, but their affair ended in 1958, shortly after her marriage fell apart. She then, allegedly suffered some kind of nervous breakdown while staying in a hotel in Italy. She reportedly attempted to commit suicide by overdosing on sleeping pills but these allegations were later denied.