Brigitte Bardot: A Biography (Google eBook)

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McFarland, Jul 6, 2006 - Performing Arts - 208 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

Preface
1
A Parisian Childhood
5
The Vadim Years
17
The Era of High Celebrity
36
Waning Stardom and the Rise of Sachs
74
Playing Out the String
95
Goodbye Movies Hello Animals
109
Allain and the Animals in the 80s
126
Battles of the 90s
157
Bardot Today
177
Notes
183
Bibliography
193
Index
199
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About the author (2006)

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

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