Brigitte Bardot was known as one of the ultimate sex symbols of the 1950s and ’60s. Bardot shot to fame when she was only a teenager. After making her film debut in 1952 in Le Trou Normand., the iconic blonde bombshell made international waves, quickly grabbing the attention of Hollywood bigwigs.
In her early life, Bardot was an aspiring ballet dancer. In 1947 Bardot was accepted to the Conservatoire de Paris, and for 3 years she attended the ballet classes of Russian choreographer Boris Knyazev.
She later modeled for a fashion magazines and began a career as an actress. Her early films were generally romantic dramas, some historical, in which she was cast as ingénue or siren, often in varying states of undress. The film And God Created Woman (1956) with Jean-Louis Trintignant, about an immoral teenager in a respectable small-town setting, was her first international success. And here, below is a gallery of 40 stunning black and white photographs of a young Brigitte Bardot in the 1950s.
November 04, 20111950s, beauty, Cannes, celebrity & famous people, France, holiday & festival, portraits The French actress first arrived to the festival as an unknown, but once the cameras discovered her, she quickly became a sex symbol.
Brigitte Bardot didn’t appear in a film that played the 1953 Cannes Film Festival, but she didn’t need to. From the moment the 19-year-old starlet hit the beach, wearing a shockingly brief bikini, all eyes were on her.
“Bardot flaunted spontaneity and informality via her girlish barefoot gait, long, loose hair and unfussy, mostly skimpy attire,” says Columbia film professor Edward Baron Turk. “She invented a new image of the French starlet: anti-snobbish, non-intimidating.” But while she obliged the paparazzi, Bardot would later insist they chose her “at random, for want of anyone better.”
Within just three years, with 1956’s …And God Created Woman, filmed in the South of France, she became a full-fledged star. But it didn’t last. In 1973, at age 39, tiring of all the attention, she retired to a beachfront home in nearby St. Tropez, where she is now a virtual recluse.
Below are some beautiful color photographs that capture Brigitte Bardot’s best moments at the Cannes Film Festival in 1953. These great photographs were taken by Kary Lasch.