Brigitte Bardot

A Biography

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About the Book

Actress and sex symbol Brigitte Bardot had a stunning career in France and America in the mid–20th century. Since the 1970s, she has dedicated her life to the welfare and protection of animals, with much personal involvement. In this book the author makes the case that far from being a pretty face or a spotlight grabber, Bardot was an accomplished actress and has always been an intelligent, sensitive individual.
Chapters acquaint readers with her Paris childhood and her rebellious coming of age in a Catholic bourgeois family, who disapproved when she appeared on the cover of Elle magazine and was offered a screen test. The book examines her years in film (with careful analysis of her films) and also covers her tumultuous personal life, including suicide attempts, and the beginnings of her interest in animal protection. Final chapters detail her efforts in worldwide animal welfare activism, including the work of her own international foundation.

About the Author(s)

Barnett Singer is a professor emeritus of history at Brock University. He has published a number of other books in French history.

Bibliographic Details

Barnett Singer
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 208
Bibliographic Info: 42 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2013 [2006]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7504-9
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8426-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments vi

Preface 1

1. A Parisian Childhood 5

2. The Vadim Years 17

3. The Era of High Celebrity 36

4. Waning Stardom and the Rise of Sachs 74

5. Playing Out the String 95

6. Goodbye Movies, Hello Animals 109

7. Allain and the Animals in the ’80s 126

8. Battles of the ’90s 157

9. Bardot Today 177

Notes 183

Bibliography 193

Index 199

Book Reviews & Awards

“an interesting work of social analysis and modern history”—Contemporary Review; “fun to read…engaging…pleasurable”—Eugen Weber, Joan Palevsky Professor of Modern European History, UCLA.