Brigitte Bardot turned 80 yesterday. Amazingly, she retired from acting in 1973 and has led a secluded life ever since.
I have this theory that Bardot was very influential in rock and roll. This has nothing to do with her own recordings in the 60s and 70s. Yes, she was also something of a pop star in her native France, recording mostly with Serge Gainsbourg. I'm convinced of the impression she had on the bands of the British invasion.
Bardot was about ten years older than the members of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Kinks, The Who, etc. She came into her own as an actress and sex symbol in the late 50s, during her early 20s. At this same time these legendary rock musicians were in their early teens. These impressionable youth were soaking up the sound of early rock and the blues from America while at the same time having teenage dreams about the natural beauty of Brigitte Bardot. How could she not have been an influence?