Brigitte Bardot dreamed and trained to be a ballet dancer in her teens. An acquaintence of her mother persuaded BB to try a little modelling at the tender age of 15 and within a year she found herself on the cover of Elle magazine. Director Roger Vadim saw her picture and was so infatuated with it that he got her an audition for a part in a movie by his friend Marc Allégret. Bardot got the part but the film was cancelled, so it would be a couple of years before she made her acting debut in the 1952 comedy film Le Trou Normand. She married a still besotted Vadim that same year, aged just 18. She starred in a dozen or more French movies in the early 1950s, mainly cast as the ingenue, or alternatively the siren, in light romantic comedies and often threw off her inhibitions and shed her clothes. There were also bit part roles in a few English language films, before Vadim cast her in And God Created Woman and her life would never be the same again. It was claimed that the BB mania which followed did more for the French international trade balance than the entire French car industry. In addition to her acting and modelling celebrity, Bardot also starred in numerous musicals and recorded 80 songs, mainly with another of her lovers Serge Gainsbourg. Brigitte Bardot announced her retirement from acting in 1973, just before her 40th birthday. But in typical brazen BB style, she departed with a full nude photoshoot for the Italian edition of Playboy to celebrate her 40th birthday. She has devoted her life and much of her fortune since to being a passionate animal rights activist, campaigning internationally and at home through the Brigitte Bardot Foundation for the Welfare and Protection of Animals. Her hourglass figure and smouldering sexuality still see her lusted after by guys whose fathers might not even have been born at the time she first exploded on the international stage. As recently as 2007, Brigitte Bardot named among Empire magazine's 100 Sexiest Film Stars of all time.