Vive la France! 14 Fabulous French Actresses for Bastille Day

In honor of Bastille Day this Sunday, we’ve rounded up 14 of our favorite French actresses, from Marion Cotillard to Brigitte Bardot. Vive la France!
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Brigitte Bardot puppy4. Brigitte Bardot

The original French bombshell! Interestingly, Brigitte didn’t initially intend to be an actress; she wanted to become a ballerina, studying at the prestigious Conservatoire de Paris for three years starting in 1947—along with Leslie Caron (more on her later). She began modeling in 1949, which got her noticed by the film industry, and… well, we all know how that turned out. Like Catherine Deneuve, Brigitte was also once the model for the national symbol of France, Marianne.

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