French actress who starred in a number of films in the 1950s and '60s, including Contempt, Spirits of the Dead and ...And God Created Woman. She was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress for her role in the 1965 film Viva Maria!
She studied ballet for three years at the Conservatoire de Paris, in hopes of becoming a professional.
She established the Brigitte Bardot Foundation for the Welfare and Protection of Animals after her retirement, and raised 3 million francs for the cause.
She married actor Jacques Charrier in 1959 and they had a son named Nicolas-Jacques. She was also married to Roger Vadim from 1952 to 1957 and Gunter Sachs from 1966 to 1969. She married Bernard d'Ormale in 1992.
She once wrote a letter to Jiang Zemin about animal rights in China.