Rare Glimpses of Brigitte Bardot Make It Hard To Look Away

By Sophia Maddox | December 4, 2023

Even other idols were taken with her 

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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Even The Beatles idolized her. You know you’ve got something special when the world's idols are idolizing you. That’s exactly the Bardot possessed, that je ne sais quoi. John Lennon and Paul McCartney both had massive crushes on Brigitte Bardot. John Lennon was the most vocal about his admiration for the pouty blonde. She was his adolescent dream girl that he never grew out of.

French actress and singer Brigitte Bardot holding a handheld mirror in her dressing room during the filming of 'Nero's Weekend,' in which Bardot plays Poppaea, at Cinecitta Studios in Rome, Italy, 1956

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In 1956, the world was introduced to a new Bardot, a Bardot with blonde hair, and she certainly made a splash in Nero's Weekend! Brigitte Bardot was the epitome of the glamour and sauciness of the 1950s. With her new blonde locks and her iconic pout, she quickly became the poster child for French New Wave cinema. And let's not forget, that unforgettable scene where she sashayed through a Roman temple with her golden locks on full display, which sent the entire world into a frenzy