Brigitte Bardot will always be viewed as a worldwide sex symbol, making men swoon and women green with envy over her gorgeous blonde hair and sensational curves. But behind closer doors, the French actress led a much darker existence.
Held prisoner by hoards of fans who followed her every move led to frequent mood swings and temper-tantrums from the leading lady.
“She was a very confused, lonely person in the midst of overwhelming celebrity,” her biographer, Jeffrey Robinson exclusively tells Closer. According to him, she was a “woman who suffered severe depression but never learned how to deal with it.”
That sadness eventually led Brigitte to attempt suicide and spend years as a recluse in an effort to fight her demons. And according to Robinson, the former model never sought the fame she so widely received.
She was discovered at a young age by director Roger Vadim who dyed her hair blonde and shaped her now iconic image. “He taught her how to be Brigitte, the sex symbol," shares Robinson.
After walking away from her film career in the early '70s, the ...And God Created Woman star found an entirely different passion to pursue: protecting and saving animals.
“I don’t think there’s room in her heart for humans,” Robinson says of Brigitte, who turned 80 on Sept. 28. “That space is filled with animals. They love her unconditionally.”
Despite her difficult past, the mother-of-one is accepting of where she is now. “When you’re the most beautiful woman in the world, you’re not going to stay that way,” Robinson tells Closer. “When she looks in the mirror, she’s found peace with the 80-year-old woman she sees.”
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