Inspiring Photos of Brigitte Bardot Spanning Her Iconic Life

By Sophia Maddox | March 11, 2024

Bardot is a breast cancer survivor.

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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It wasn't until her early 50s when Brigitte Bardot was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent surgery in France and then went on to receive radiation treatment afterward. Thankfully, her treatment was successful. She survived and details of her illness were not highly publicized until after the fact.

Bardot is still an animal rights activist 

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Still the animal rights activist, today Bardot’s life is full of work for her foundation. This entails extensive communication with civil servants, government ministers, foreign heads of state and really anyone who can help further her cause. She also has her loving husband and what basically amounts to a farm to tend to. Bardot’s pets include (but are not limited to) dogs, goats, sheep, pigs, geese, ducks, nearly 50 horses, and around 20 cats.