Rare Glimpses of Brigitte Bardot Make It Hard To Look Away

By Sophia Maddox | December 11, 2023

Brigitte Bardot on the set of "Voulez Vous Danser Avec Moi?" ("Come Dance With Me?") 

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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In 1959, Brigitte Bardot starred in the film Come Dance with Me, a lighthearted romp about, you guessed it, dancing! But this film had a special significance in Bardot's career, as it was the first film she actually made some real money from. She demanded a whopping $200,000 for her role, and much to everyone's surprise, she got it! However, despite her impressive salary, the film didn't perform as well as everyone had hoped. In fact, it was such a disappointment that the film's producer, Raoul Lévy, decided to cut ties with Bardot and never work with her again. But, let's not forget the positive side of things. Bardot was getting paid what she deserved, and she was blazing a trail for women in the industry. And who knows, maybe the film's failure was just a bump in the road. After all, Bardot went on to make many more successful films and become one of the most iconic actresses of her time. So, even though Come Dance with Me may have stumbled, Bardot was just getting started on her path to greatness.

Even other idols were taken with her 

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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.