Why Brigitte Bardot stopped acting to become an animal-rights activist

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Christophe Marie and Brigitte Bardot in Bruxelles in 1995 © Arnaud 25, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons
Christophe Marie and Brigitte Bardot in Bruxelles in 1995 © Arnaud 25, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons
Christophe Marie and Brigitte Bardot in Bruxelles in 1995 © Arnaud 25, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Brigitte Bardot is best known for her work as an actress in the 1950s and 1960s. She appeared in movies such as "And God Created Woman"by Roger Vadim, "Voulez-vous danser avec moi" (stream it now in TV5MONDEplus), or "Le Mépris" by Jean-Luc Godard. But Brigitte Bardot quit acting in 1973 at age...

 

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Brigitte Bardot is best known for her work as an actress in the 1950s and 1960s. She appeared in movies such as "And God Created Woman"by Roger Vadim, "Voulez-vous danser avec moi" (stream it now in TV5MONDEplus), or "Le Mépris" by Jean-Luc Godard. But Brigitte Bardot quit acting in 1973 at age 39, and in the decades since has become well-known for her animal rights advocacy. Bardot's love for animals dates back to her childhood in Paris, where she spent hours drawing and observing them. She used her fame to bring attention to animal welfare issues around the world and created the Brigitte Bardot Foundation for the Welfare and Protection of Animals and her activism for marine mammals.

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What happened to Brigitte Bardot?

Brigitte Bardot was one of the most iconic sex symbols of the 20th century, but her acting career was short-lived. Despite her fame and success in the film industry, Bardot grew increasingly disillusioned with acting as she got older. In interviews, she has cited a number of reasons for her decision to retire from acting, including the pressures of fame, the monotony of film sets, and the objectification of women in the industry. Ultimately, Bardot wanted to break free from the image that had made her famous and pursue a more fulfilling life outside of acting. 

While Bardot's decision to retire from acting wasn't directly tied to her work as an animal rights activist, it's clear that her love of animals played a significant role in her post-acting career. Bardot has been a vocal advocate for animal welfare since the 1970s, and her activism has only grown stronger in the decades since. In addition to creating the Brigitte Bardot Foundation, Bardot has used her celebrity status to raise awareness about animal rights issues and to lobby for stricter animal welfare laws. So while Bardot may have left the film industry early on, her legacy as an animal rights activist has had a lasting impact.

What was Brigitte Bardot's last film?

Brigitte Bardot's last film was "L'Histoire très bonne et très joyeuse de Colinot Trousse-Chemise". It was the second of her two films released in 1973, which marked the end of her brief but impactful acting career. The first, "Don Juan 73," was directed by her former husband Roger Vadim and starred Bardot as Jeanne, a modern-day Don Juan who seduces men instead of women. Despite being a critical and commercial failure, the film remains notable for its exploration of gender roles and its feminist themes.

The second film, "L'Histoire très bonne et très joyeuse de Colinot Trousse-Chemise," was a comedy directed by Nelly Kaplan. Bardot played a supporting role as Bathsheba, the mistress of a rich landowner who falls in love with the titular hero, played by Jean-Claude Drouot. While the film was better received than "Don Juan 73," it failed to make a significant impact at the box office.

Following the release of these two films, Bardot officially retired from acting and turned her attention to animal rights activism.

Is Brigitte Bardot an animal activist?

Yes, Brigitte Bardot is a prominent animal rights activist. She has been involved in animal welfare issues for decades and has used her platform as a celebrity to speak out about animal rights abuses around the world. In 1986, Bardot created the Brigitte Bardot Foundation for the Welfare and Protection of Animals.

What does the Brigitte Bardot Foundation do?

The Brigitte Bardot Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of animals around the world by providing funding and support for animal welfare organizations and advocating for animal rights. The foundation works on a variety of issues, including animal testing, factory farming, and wildlife conservation. It also runs several sanctuaries for animals in France, including a marine mammal sanctuary on the French Riviera.

How many animals does Brigitte Bardot have?

While Bardot's love for animals is well-known, it's unclear exactly how many pets she has. In a 2018 interview, Bardot revealed that she has a dog, several cats, and a donkey, but she has also been known to take in stray animals and has been a vocal advocate for the adoption of shelter animals.

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