Brigitte Bardot

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Brigitte Bardot in 1962

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 one of the best known sex symbols of the 1950s and 1960s and was widely referred to by her initials BB.


  • 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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