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This Happened — September 28: Brigitte Bardot Born

On this day in 1934, French actress and iconic sex symbol Brigitte Bardot was born.

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Who is Brigitte Bardot?

Brigitte Bardot is a French actress, model, and animal rights activist. She gained international fame in the 1950s and 1960s for her beauty, talent, and iconic image. Bardot starred in numerous films, some of the most famous include "And God Created Woman" (1956), "Contempt" (1963), "Viva Maria!" (1965), and "A Very Private Affair" (1962). She was known for her sensuality and unique screen presence.

What is Brigitte Bardot's impact on fashion and beauty?

Brigitte Bardot's style and appearance made a significant impact on fashion and beauty trends of the 1950s and 1960s. Her signature hairstyle, cat-eye makeup, and figure-hugging clothing inspired a generation of women.

When did Brigitte Bardot retire from acting?

Brigitte Bardot officially retired from acting in 1973 after appearing in the film "The Edifying and Joyous Story of Colinot" (1973). She chose to focus on her personal life and later became an animal rights activist.

What is Brigitte Bardot's legacy?

Brigitte Bardot's legacy is multifaceted. She is remembered for her contribution to film and fashion, her iconic beauty, and her impact on popular culture. Additionally, her dedication to animal rights activism has left a lasting impact on global efforts to protect and promote the welfare of animals. However, Bardot has also faced criticism for supporting far-right political parties and making xenophobic comments on Islam and immigration.

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This Happened—December 7: Pearl Harbor Attacked

Updated Dec. 7, 2023 at 12:15 p.m.

Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor was a day that U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously said "will live in infamy." It would finally bring the United States into World War II, though with a decimated Pacific fleet from the Japanese surprise attack.

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