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Back in the 1950s and ’60s, Brigitte Bardot was a superstar whose beauty made her a major sex symbol. But although Bardot’s career could have run and run, she retired before she even hit 40 – seemingly having decided that a Hollywood life wasn’t for her. And while the French former actress still gives interviews and makes headlines, she now looks remarkably different to how she appeared in her heyday. In fact, you may not even recognize her at all.

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Way before Bardot rose to fame, though, she entered the world in 1934 in the French capital of Paris. And while her parents, Louis and Anne-Marie, may have been wealthy, they were also abusive. They didn’t allow their daughter to have many friends or pick her own clothes, and on occasion they were physically violent. When a young Bardot and her sister broke a vase, for example, their father whipped them.

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