The Stella Artois advert just gave me the idea to do a mini series focusing on icons of French popular music. For part one I present the fabulous Brigitte Bardot. Vive la retro French pop!
With her smoky come-to-bed eyes, sultry pout and luxuriant blonde locks - not to mention the astonishing hourglass figure - Brigitte Bardot epitomises the spirit of the Bombshell. Born in Paris on September 28, 1934, she was the daughter of a wealthy industrialist. While studying ballet she was approached with the offer to begin modelling; by 1950 she had already graced the cover of Elle magazine. She was spotted by movie director Roger Vadim (whom she later married). Acting roles followed; she developed a sex kitten image with racy parts in French films. No doubt these along with her exotic appeal contributed to her overseas popularity - she was one of the first foreign language stars ever to achieve international success comparable to the big name American movie stars of the day.
Brigitte recorded three music albums during the 1960s, living up to her risqué reputation with somewhat suggestive lyrics. I've included a couple here (which coincidentally have both recently been used as soundtracks for TV adverts), but it's worth looking her up on youtube or itunes because her music is very enjoyable.
In 1973, just before her fortieth birthday, Bardot announced her retirement from show business. She became very active in animal rights campaigning, and established the Brigitte Bardot Foundation for the Welfare and Protection of Animals in 1986. In recent years she's got herself into controversy for being kind of a racist.