Mellow Bardot Drops Her Pout as She Turns 60

By Nundy, Julian | The Independent (London, England), September 28, 1994 | Go to article overview
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Mellow Bardot Drops Her Pout as She Turns 60

Nundy, Julian, The Independent (London, England)

BRIGITTE BARDOT, the most glamorous symbol of a carefree France that dominated show business, fashion and celluloid romance in the 1950s, a France where the best-selling perfume and the President of the Republic were called Coty, is 60 today.

She is now in self-imposed exile from Saint Tropez, which she made famous in 1956 when she starred in Roger Vadim's And God Created Woman, because she fell out with the mayor over his support for hunting. A few months ago, Bardot abandoned the town and took up residence in a country house west of Paris.

No longer the sultry misfit who shunned the cameras at her Saint Tropez house La Madrague and took overdoses of barbiturates, Bardot, still retaining those unmistakable looks which made her fortune, has dropped her famous pout. She has mellowed and relaxed, playing the guitar and dancing flamenco in her local bistro in Montfort L'Amaury.

Ten years ago, the French media turned their full glare on Bardot, comparing her reclusive, apparently unhappy life at 50 unfavourably with that of her Italian contemporary, Sophia Loren.

Now, at 60, after two years of marriage to Bernard d'Ormale, a marriage that raised eyebrows because of Mr d'Ormale's friendship with the far-right National Front leader, Jean-Marie Le Pen, she has been largely left in peace with only one television programme to mark the anniversary.

Bardot is more of a myth than a genuine artistic figure and she is severe about her cinema years in the 1950s and 1960s. By her own account, the only film in which she was "a real actress" and not just a sex kitten was in Henri Georges Clouzot's La Verite which took the 1960 Academy Award for best foreign film.

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