Born on 28th September 1934 in Paris, Brigitte made her first appearance as a model in the French magazine Elle aged just 15.
Shortly afterwards, she made her film debut as Javotte Lemoine in Trou normand, Le (1952). Other French film roles followed and on the back of their success, she made her first US film in 1953, Un acte d'amour (1954) with Kirk Douglas.
The Americans were fascinated. Her beauty and sexy French accent shot her to fame. In 1965, she appeared as herself in the US made Dear Brigitte (1965) with James Stewart. It was after filming Histoire tres bonne et tres joyeuse de Colinot Trousse-Chemise (1973) and just before her 40th birthday that Brigitte decided to retire from the spotlight and instead, fight for animal rights.
She started the "Foundation Brigitte Bardot" dedicated solely to protecting animal welfare and has made incredible progress.