As a teen, studied ballet at the National Superior Conservatory of Paris for Music and Dance, where Lesie Caron was a classmate.
At 15, gained modeling fame in 1950 by appearing on the cover of the French magazine Elle, which got her noticed by filmmaker Roger Vadim, who would become her husband in 1952 and direct her in ...And God Created Woman (1956), her breakthrough film that also made her an international sex symbol.
Also a singer, released several albums in the 1960s, including Brigitte Bardot Sings (1963), and often collaborated with French pop star Serge Gainsbourg.
In 1970, became the model for Marianne, a female sculpture that serves as a French national symbol of liberty and republicanism.
Retired from acting in 1973, and became a tireless crusader for animal rights: in 1986, she established the Brigitte Bardot Foundation for the Welfare and Protection of Animals; and in 2011, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society named one of its boats after her.
1967, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actress: Nominee