IOnTheScene: Most Magical Summer Evenings 2010
Andrea was born in 1958 and grew up on his family’s farm. He was a musical child learning to play the piano at six and going onto the flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, harp, guitar and drums. He became blind at the age of 12 due to glaucoma. Despite his condition he never lost his enthusiasm for music. He is considered a musical genius by his fans and peers. He is truly a legend in his own time.
This year I visited St Tropez France where Brigitte Bardot, an international icon, still resides and remains one of its main attractions in the village that she helped make famous. After all these years her home town has paid homage to the siren by devoting an entire exhibit to her life.
Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot was born in Paris on September 28, 1934. The phenomenon began in 1949 when Bardot, just a 14 1/2 year old teenager, first a stunning brunette who later became a statuesque blonde, posed for a catalogue for children’s clothes ” as an average girl ” not as a model, and was noticed by Helene Lazaroff, founder of Elle magazine and was offered an opportunity to be on its first cover.
In the same year she was offered her first role in a movie called “Les Lauriers.” Although the film did not go through she met Roger Vadim, a 21 year old assistant, who she later married in 1952. During her 7 year marriage to Vadim, Brigitte appeared in what would be her one and only on stage experience and acted in a Vadim directed film. In 1959, after the marriage ended, she met a young actor Jacques Charrier. Their love affair continued off screen and Charrier becomes Brigitte’s second husband in June 1959 and later gave birth to their son Nicolas Charrier in January 1960. In September of that same year Bardot attempted suicide. It was after this difficult time that she soon began her struggle for animal causes, a passion of hers since adolescence.
In 1966 after her second marriage ended she married multi-millionaire Guther Sachs. In 1968 Brigitte accepts and becomes the first woman to personify the French symbol, after General de Gaulle suggests she sit for the bust of Marianne on display in all France’s town halls.
In May of 1973 Bardot, exhausted and overwhelmed, ended up abandoning her film career.She announced she would refuse all new offers, including one with Marlon Brando worth a million dollars. She kept her word and never appeared in another film. She decided from then on to defend animal rights. In 1986 she set up the Brigitte Bardot Foundation.
Brigitte is loved and remains one of the main attractions in St. Tropez, where she now lives year round. I had the privilege to meet her, and believe me, at post 70 she is still mesmerizing. Along with Marilyn, Jackie, and Diana, Brigitte is one of the most photographed women on the planet, and will go down in history as one of the most natural beauties of all time. An international myth who taught several generations the art of living in pursuit of one’s desires.
World Premiere of “The Expendables”
The $80 million Stallone Premiere was an exciting and somewhat surreal experience. So many action hero actors in one film and all of them were present. Stallone himself led the array of stars down the red carpet with the likes of Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Terry Crews, Eric Roberts, Dolf Longhren, Randy Coutour, and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who made a smashing appearance in a private jet with his press secretary and the usual 20 plus body guards. Famous Dr. Robert Goldman, accompanied the macho stars on the red carpet. He is one of the components keeping these amazing heros fit.
His titles include:
Chairman of the Board-4M
World Chairman International Medical Commission
Chairman World Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine
President Emeritus National Academy of Sports Medicine
Be careful, he also has a black belt in karate, is a chinese weapons expert and a champion athlete with over
20 world strength records. He currently resides in Chicago.
Enjoy the video and photos from the event.