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Bardot, Deneuve, Fonda Hardcover – February, 1986

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The famous French film scripter and director states that the purpose of his multi-biography is to correct erroneous reports about his amorous life during the past 30 years. The disclosures are dedicated to Vadim's future grandchildren: "I shudder at the image they would piece together" from distortions printed around the world. Readers will wonder how the hypothetical descendants will react to these stories about Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve, Jane Fonda and other women. Vadim was a promising newcomer to films when he met Bardot, 15, and persuaded her parents to let her appear in his movie. She needed no urging to allow him to introduce her to sex, he writes. Anecdotes about their reckless lovemaking abound, leading up to her 18th birthday, when Bardot's father consented to their wedding. When BB fell in love with actor John-Louis Trintignant, she divorced Vadim. He then found other loversDeneuve, Fonda and lesser known womenwhom he tattles on in explicit detail in this self-serving "confession." Photos not seen by PW.
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French film director Vadim is perhaps best known in America for his choice of wives and lovers. Here he tells all, in gossipy detail, about the three most famous: wives Bardot and Fonda, and lover Deneuve, as well as second wife Annette Stroyberg. He downplays his own reputation as a Svengali, recounting scandalous incidents in his flamboyant life in an episodic style with a light and amusing touch. Bardot comes across with a childlike charm, and Fonda as a disciplined actress with a total commitment to work and causes. Deneuve and Stroyberg fare less well, but Vadim is not generally negative or vindictive about any of his attachments. Lightweight, but it may have an audience. Marcia L. Perry, M.L.S., Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield, Mass.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (February 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671530070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671530075
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #954,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Siciliano VINE VOICE on April 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
The only one reason NOT to envy Roger Vadim is that he's dead. Aside from that...

For filmophiles, "Bardot Deneuve Fonda: My Life With The Three Most Beautiful Women In The World," offers intimate portraits of three great mid-century actresses.

For Europhiles, it offers a panoramic view of "La Dolce Vita" on the Old Continent after World War II. A great time for those who survived the conflict in one piece.

A couple of years ago the scribe read "The Good, the Bad, and the Dolce Vita," by blacklisted actor Mickey Knox. Although enjoyable, Knox was entering the universe in question by the back door and could not write worth a lick.

Vadim's a different case altogether. His father was the son of a Russian diplomat chased from the mother country by Bolsheviks: "Like all children of Russian diplomats, he spoke French fluently. After graduating in political science, he took the civil service examination and passed with flying colors. Named consul at the age of twenty-eight, he married a French woman, Marie-Antoinette Ardilouze. His first post was the consulate in Alexandria, Egypt."

You get the idea.

Those hip to European culture know the best way to rebel in life is to have an aristocratic background and that is what Vadim did, throwing his lot in with the long-hairs (of his day anyway), opting for a life in film, and developing a great reputation as seducer of (younger) ladies.

His first was Brigitte Bardot whom he met on a Parisian bus when she was just 15-years-old. He spent the next few years dodging her father "Pilou," whom was under the impression his daughter was still a virgin, when Vadim had settled that question well before they married once Brigitte turned 18.
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By C. Serviss on July 5, 2014
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What a life being with 3 beautiful woman and yes he was a director too!
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By reviewer on August 6, 2014
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Arrived on time. Works as advertised. Keeps the cats entertained.
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