Bardot hardly carved a path that most other women could follow.
They have both known tumult from early on, with Bardot first attempting suicide as a teenager.
Bardot has made clear in the past that she is not a member of the Front National even if she is politically on the French right.
Bardot eventually wrote me a handwritten two-and-a-half page response in endearingly large block letters.
Following a strikingly apocalyptic litany of horrors that we humans visit upon animals, Bardot got around to Newman.
Or it could end with Bardot refusing film rights to her authorized biography to Madonna because she wore fur.
“Maria was like a kitten,” recalled Warren Beatty, who was friends with Bardot.
Or, perhaps, it could end with Bardot yelling into the phone at Kramer in a lecture on manners.
This decade has seen the rise of another breed of French actress ever more different from the Bardot model.
It was a natural choice given that Bardot represented a young, vibrant, and rebellious France.