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The French sex symbol announced her retirement just before she turned 40 and devoted her life to animal welfare; the sultry Italian star posed for a Pirelli calendar only three years ago and is still making movies. Elizabeth Day says they both deserve respect

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Loren posting for the Pirelli calendar and Bardot on the way to meet Sarkozy

When Sophia Loren turned 72 three years ago, she celebrated by posing semi-naked for a Pirelli calendar alongside a handful of women less than half her age. Wearing a silk negligée, she draped herself languorously under a bed sheet with her head tilted sensually upwards in a suggestion of ecstatic abandon. A Vatican aide was moved to comment that, if the Pope ever changed his stance on human cloning, it would be because of Loren.

In the same year, Brigitte Bardot was photographed on her way to a meeting with Nicolas Sarkozy, then French interior minister, to discuss cruelty against Canadian seals. Bardot was dressed in black and limping on crutches because of a nagging hip complaint. According to one mid-market tabloid, her appearance was marked by "sagging jowls covered in heavy make-up and a wiry, unkempt patch of greying hair".

The comparison might seem ungracious, but Bardot has the misfortune of being almost exactly the same age as her fellow actress: this month they will both turn 75 within days of each other. These two cinematic legends of the 1960s have chosen to age in very different ways, provoking very different public reactions. Their forthcoming birthdays prompt the inevitable question: how should an icon best grow old?


My thoughts on Loren young or old is well known on this blog 😉 and so are my thoughts on the young Bardot. And Bardot has my respect for her work for animal rights, but she has also grown into a hard headed fascist and that deserves no one’s respect – Ted

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French actress Brigitte Bardot photographed at her villa at La Madrague
by Philippe Halsman, 1955

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Philippe Halsman (1906-1979) was born in Riga, Latvia, and began to take photographs in Paris in the 1930s. He opened a portrait studio in Montparnasse in 1934, where he photographed André Gide, Marc Chagall, André Malraux, Le Corbusier and other writers and artists. Halsman began a thirty-seven-year collaboration with Salvador Dalí in 1941 which resulted in a stream of unusual ‘photographs of ideas’, including ‘Dalí Atomicus’ and the ‘Dalí’s Mustache’ series. In the early 1950s, Halsman began to ask his subjects to jump for his camera at the conclusion of each sitting. These uniquely witty and energetic images have become an important part of his photographic legacy. Philippe Halsman died in New York City on June 25th, 1979.

Text from YOOX

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Peter Basch (September 23, 1921 – March 15, 2004) was an American magazine and glamour photographer. He was born in Berlin, lived and died in New York City. The main body of his work was produced in the fifties and sixties.

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Early life
Peter Basch was born in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Felix Basch and Grete Basch-Freund, both prominent theater and film personalities of the German-speaking world.

In 1933 the family came to New York due to fears of rising anti-Jewish sentiment and laws in Germany. The family had US citizenship because Felix’s father, Arthur Basch, was a wine trader who lived in San Francisco. After moving back to Germany, Arthur Basch kept his American citizenship, and passed it to his children and, thence, to his grandchildren.

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United States
When the Basch family arrived in New York in 1933, they opened a restaurant on Central Park South in the Navarro Hotel. The restaurant, Gretel’s Viennese, became a hangout for the Austrian expatriate community. Peter Basch had his first job there as a waiter. While in New York, Basch attended the De Witt Clinton High School. The family moved to Los Angeles to assist in Basch’s father’s career, during which time Basch went to school in England. Upon returning to the United States, Basch joined the Army. He was mobilized in the US Army Air Forces’ First Motion Picture Unit, where he worked as a script boy.

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Career
After the war, he started attending UCLA, but his mother asked him to join her back in New York. His parents had decided that Basch should be a photographer, and they obtained a photography studio for their son.

For over twenty years, Peter Basch’s had a successful career as a magazine photographer. He was known for his images of celebrities, artists, dancers, actors, starlets, and glamour-girls in America and Europe. His photos appeared in many major magazines such as Life, Look and Playboy.

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I mean, what can you say. Nice work if you can get it – Ted

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Recreated from an article in the men’s magazine Eve No 3 from 1962

Gentlemen, this is it! Britain’s answer to the French kitten, Bridgette Bardot. Her name is Rosina Revelle, five feet three inches of pure dynamite.

img_01Got your breath back yet? … Good. Now, we’ll get on a little further.

It’s not hard to figure out why Rosina is being heralded as Britain’s Bardot. Even though she has many inches that Bardot hasn’t, at least she has them in the right places.

img_03Rosina was an usherette in a movie house before she was spotted, that is by the right people, of course. With’ a figure like hers it is sheer waste to keep it hidden away in the dark of a cinema. Something like this has to be seen so it wasn’t long before Rosina was modelling with great success. Photographers from all over the globe were clamouring for her services and her photographs were appearing in magazines all around the world.

Today Rosina Revel is quite a celebrity herself from her small suburban home to her apartment in London she is really beginning to live. She has a wardrobe that would be the envy of most women. She says she has over a hundred and fifty gowns of various descriptions. Recently she bought herself a small sports car and is fast becoming the terror of the English countryside. We say this in a humorous vein for we have driven with Rosina and she is in fact a very competent driver. Although as most young people like to do, she loves to drive fast and of course, in Britain there are many roads without any speed limits.

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And so we have another success story, for in a few short years Rosina has progressed from an usherette to a top model, from tight suburban living to gaiety at Mayfair. She has progressed from being an unknown woman to being a celebrity. It really does our hearts good to see things going on in the world like this. So maybe there are more young contenders who will be encouraged by Rosina’s success and they, too, will be able to delight the eyes of our readers in the near future.

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Honestly, it took more than a smashing set of knockers to compete with Brigitte Bardot back in the fifties and sixties.  By the time Rosina was 16 her measurements were 46-26-38 and her place in history was assured … which is just as well, because by the time she was 19, her parents finally found out what she was doing. She never modelled again – Ted

Related webpages
rosinarevelle.com (fan page)
Rosina Revelle on 60sglamdatabase on MyArcives
Rosina Revelle on bigbreastarchive.com
Rosina Revelle on buttsend.blogspot.com

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Brigitte Bardot has recently turned 75. And time has not been very kind to her. As beautiful as she once was, she was also reputed to be a man-eater of gargantuan proportions who would simply toss her partners aside once she got bored with them. Later in life, she espoused the cause of animal rights and, like a troubling number of those who do so, ignored human rights in the process.

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She was recently fined around 24,000 dollars for inciting racial hatred. She doesn’t like Muslims and believes that they are corrupting French society, although how much this has to do with ethnicity and religion and how much has to do with the ritual slaughter of animals is anyone’s guess.

So in short, she doesn’t seem such a nice person really. Of course the fact that she is not a nice person doesn’t stop people from downloading her photograph because she once was beautiful. She was after all an icon of the twentieth, but she will never be one of the twenty-first, century.

Text (though slightly altered) and images found at “The opposite

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Director : Roger Vadim
Producer : Roger Vadim
Screenwriter : Jean Cau, Jean-Pierre Petrolacci, Roger Vadim
Starring : Brigitte Bardot, Jane Birkin, Mathieu Carrière, Lena Grinda, Robert Hossein, Maurice Ronet, Michèle Sand, Robert Walker Jr., Juan Álvarez

So what if Don Juan were a woman? I’m not sure if she would behave something like Brigitte Bardot’s 1973 rendition of the famed lover, but it’s considerably fun to watch her strut her stuff.

In Roger Vadim’s interpretation of the Latin lover, Jeanne (Bardot) eats men for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. She takes a married politician and immediately ruins him by having him photographed at one of her orgies. She uses a hapless folk singer for sex and then leaves, prompting him to slice his wrists and bleed to death while strumming his guitar. She even extends her wiles to corrupting women, luring the innocent wife of a grotesquely self-absorbed businessman into the sack, then turning the tables on both members of the couple.

Vadim imbues his film with a balls-out seventies sensibility, all bell bottoms and shag rugs. Bardot, one of the ultimate vamps of world cinema, is at her unmistakable best here, bored with the world around her yet overflowing with wanton lust. Unfortunately, the film never totally gels — is the point to show us how Jeanne jumps from one encounter to another without any remorse at all? That’s what Vadim gives us — and his ending tries to wrap up her life with a bit of deus ex machina that doesn’t satisfy at all.

Still, Don Juan is a rare shocker that turns the table on age-old expectations about gender and morality. There’s no surprise ending and little mystery along the way — just brash sexuality courtesy of one of cinema’s most notorious vixens.
Text from contactmusic.com , Movie from YouTube

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