Brigitte Bardot

French actress and singer

Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot (born September 28, 1934) is a French former actress, singer and fashion model, who later became an animal rights activist. She was an internationally known as a sex symbol during the 1950s and 1960s and referred to by her initials BB.

Brigitte Bardot in 1962


  • I have been very happy, very rich, very beautiful, much adulated, very famous, and very unhappy.
    • Said in 1984, when interviewed on the occasion of her 50th birthday — as reported in Vocabulary Dictionary and Workbook (2006) by Mark Phillips, p. 17
  • All these animals are put in cages, never see the sun or grass, and they leave this hell only to go to the slaughter-house. For me intensive breeding is a sign of human degeneration. If one can find that acceptable, then we humans have lost all moral value. … [How long have you been a vegetarian?] Since 1962, when I went on French television to denounce conditions of animal slaughter. That is when I became aware of the horror of factory farming, live transports and the killings of farm animals. I have always been sensitive to animal distress but from then on I refused to be involved in such inhuman industrial deaths.


  • What could be more beautiful than a dear old lady growing wise with age? Every age can be enchanting, provided you live within it.
  • I am leaving the town to the invaders: increasingly numerous, mediocre, dirty, badly behaved, shameless tourists.
  • Only idiots refuse to change their minds.
  • I accept differences of cultures in all countries. But unfortunately, cows are grown to be eaten, dogs are not. I accept that many people eat beef, but a cultured country does not allow its people to eat dogs.
  • It is impossible to look young unless one is young.
  • To experience the loneliness of soul is the hardest thing in the world.
  • Women get more unhappy the more they try to liberate themselves.
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