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Alain Delon and Brigitte Bardot

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1968
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French cinema legends Alain Delon and Brigitte Bardot take a stroll while looking very fashionable.
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When it comes to being a celebrity, it seems these days that people are much more interested in the private lives of famous people than ever before. It isn’t a new concept, however, as people have always been curious to see how the rich and famous act when they’re not on screen. This happens all over the world, including in France where two famous actors were compared to each other. These were Alain Delon and Brigitte Bardot, two major stars of their time and here they are spotted together in 1968, spending time enjoying the water and weather.

For younger people, especially in countries like the United States where French films don’t often get a lot of exposure, these two names might not seem familiar. However, these two were A-listers in their native country. Both were born in France, and the tabloids were interested in their relationship. However, both have noted that they never were a couple, but that they definitely had their fair share of famous relationships.

Delon didn’t get off to a strong start with his career, getting discharged from the French Navy when he was in his teens because he was considered to be undisciplined to the point where he spent nearly a year in jail. Looking for a change in scenery, Delon had to work several jobs trying to find his path before meeting an actress that would bring him to a film festival. Though a little rambunctious, Delon was a very good looking young man, and caught the attention of producers in Cannes.

With that, Delon was offered a chance to make himself a star in film, making his debut in 1957 with the French film “Send a Woman When the Devil Fails”. Over the course of the next couple of years, Delon would star in films such as “Way of Youth” and “Christine”. After performing in a couple of other films, Delon would be in a film with Bardot in 1961 with “Famous Love Affairs”.

At that point, Bardot’s career had already begun as she first started to get work as a model. She wanted to add more to her career, having the desire to become an actress on top of her modeling work after she met and started a relationship with director Roger Vadim. Finally getting offers to work after attempting to audition for several films, Bardot made her debut in 1952’s “Crazy for Love”.

Because of her stunning beauty and strong connections, Bardot was being cast in several more movies over the next few years. For the remainder of the 1950s, Bardot had appeared in a long list of films that included her American film debut in “Act of Love” in 1953, as well as “Helen of Troy” and “Nero’s Weekend”. When the next decade started, Bardot had another big hit with “The Truth” before appearing in “Famous Love Affairs” the next year with Delon. The film proved to be a big hit, reaching out to millions of French moviegoers.

The two became quite close after filming their movie together, with them often being seen together, including this photo several years after working on “Famous Love Affairs”. When talking about the two of them together, Bardot said that Delon was “the living symbol of a masterpiece that France produced during the past century we’ve crossed together…You have got in yourself beauty, courage, elegancy, power that makes you a great international star, never equalled nor substituted.”

Though the two were reported as having been in a relationship during their careers, they never made it official by getting married. Instead, Bardot has been married four times, including that first marriage to Vadim. Her other husbands included Jacques Charrier and Gunter Sachs in brief marriages, and she has been married to Bernard d’Ormale since 1992. As for Delon, he was married just once from 1964 to 1968 to model and actress Nathalie Canovas. He’s had many other famous relationships since then, however.

Talking about this time of his career, Delon said that “I am handsome, and it seems, my darling, that I was very, very, very, very handsome indeed. Look at (my films). The women were all obsessed with me from when I was 18 till when I was 50…I realized that everyone was looking at me. Women became my motivation. I owe them everything. They were the ones who inspired me to look better than anyone else, to stand stronger and taller than anyone else, and to see it in their eyes.” Because of this, he was considered the male Bardot.

Both he and Bardot became major stars during the 1960s, having many films come out that were not only successful in France, but around the world. Delon appeared in roles such as “The Leopard” that earned him a Golden Globe nomination, and had English speaking movies such as “Texas Across the River” and “Once a Thief” that made him a household name and established star by the end of the decade.

Bardot, on the other hand, didn’t act much beyond the 1960s. She had appeared in several French films and decided that in the early 1970s that she had had her fill. In 1973, Bardot had her final film role with “The Edifying and Joyous Story of Colinot” before calling it a career. With her retirement, Bardot said that she’d be turning her attention to being an animal rights activist. It’s something that she’s done ever since then, donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to the cause.

Delon continued acting after Bardot’s retirement, continuing his career in the 1970s with films like “Zorro” and “The Gypsy”. The 1980s and 1990s also featured a lot of films for Delon, though he did taper off after the 1990s. Since then, he’s only had a couple of roles, with his last acting appearance coming in 2008’s “Asterix as the Olympic Games” alongside film legend Gerard Depardieu. He eventually did the same as Bardot, retiring at 81 years old saying that “I am the age that I am, and after having the career that I have had I am finishing it…it is not the end of my life, but the end of my career.” The two actors are still alive to this day and haven’t appeared in films in many years, but are still two French living legends.