Newspaper article The Daily Yomiuri (Toyko, Japan)

Trip through Time / French Bombshell Changes a Village: Brigitte Bardot (1934-) in Saint-Tropez

Newspaper article The Daily Yomiuri (Toyko, Japan)

Trip through Time / French Bombshell Changes a Village: Brigitte Bardot (1934-) in Saint-Tropez

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SAINT-TROPEZ, France--Facing the Mediterranean Sea, Saint-Tropez in the south of France was once a rustic fishing village. It was actress Brigitte Bardot's visit that transformed the village into "a resort town for the rich and famous," where millionaires and celebrities spent their vacations.

At first glance, it looks like an ordinary country town in southern Europe with houses with orange roofs and winding cobblestone lanes.

However, many luxury cruisers are lined up at the port, and when I flagged down a taxi, a black hired limousine appeared.

The town's list of celebrity visitors, which includes Hollywood star Brad Pitt, French actress Catherine Deneuve, billionaire Bill Gates and Prince of Monaco Albert II, is practically enough to fill a blue book.

Bardot visited the village in 1956 to shoot the film "Et Dieu...crea la femme" (...And God Created Woman). The village's main industry then was sardine and prawn fishing.

The film crew stayed at La Ponche, a bar and hotel. Current hotel manager Simone Duckstein, 79, remembers vividly the time the actress walked on the beach in a white cotton dress.

At a diner, she suddenly stripped naked as she changed her clothes, stunning people around her.

He said, "She was innocent like a child. She didn't hesitate at all to show off her beautiful body."

The owner of beachfront restaurant Club 55, Patrice de Colmont, 66, said that when he was 8 he took care of her pet rabbit while she worked.

His parents delivered lunch to about 80 members of the film crew.

"There was no electricity, running water and gas. My mother asked a bakery five kilometers away to grill a hunk of meat in a stone oven," he said. Bardot liked chopped fresh vegetables, and ate them dipped in olive oil with anchovies.

The blonde bombshell with dark, seductive eyes and physical sensuality who toyed with men in the film was nothing less than a depiction of Bardot herself.

The film made her an international star. …

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