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Brigitte Bardot was a French movie-star, model, singer, and animal rights activist. She was born on September 28, 1935 in Paris. She was into music and dance at a young age, and at the age of 15 was a model for the French magazine ‘Elle’. After a couple years of modeling, Bardot became an actress, appearing first in ‘Crazy for Love’.

Bardot married her first husband, Roger Vadim, at the age of 18. They got divorced after five years.

Bardot’s first American film, ‘Act of Love’, got her the title of ‘sex kitten’ in America. Any theater showing her in a any film got flocks of men waiting in line.

In 1959, two years after Bardot divorced Vadim, she married Jacques Charrier. With him, she had her only child, Nicolas-Jacques Charrier. Bardot divorced Charrier in 1962.

Four years after Charrier, Bardot married once again, this time to a man named Gunter Sachs. He committed suicide in 1969.

Her most recent marriage was to Bernard d’Ormale in 1992.

Brigitte Bardot left her life of modeling and films around the age of 40 and became a animal rights activist. One of her quotes is ‘I gave my youth a beauty to men. I am going to give my wisdom and experience to animals.’ Also ‘Fame brought me so much unhappiness.’

Bardot started ‘The Brigitte Bardot Foundation’ for animals, and she continues to help them today.

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