Bardot was an aspiring ballerina in her early life.
After her retirement, she established herself as an animal rights activist.
She was one of the best known sex symbols of the 1950s and 1960s and was widely referred to by her initials, B.
During the 2000s, she generated controversy by criticizing immigration and Islam in France and has been fined five times for inciting racial hatred.
She was awarded the Legion of Honour in 1985 but refused to receive it.
Get Me Out of Here! For her role in Louis Malle's 1965 film Viva Maria! Get Me Out of Here! Bardot retired from the entertainment industry in 1973.