Stephen Boyd explains Brigitte Bardot and Ava Gardner appeal, 1958

“A bundle of curves” : Ava Gardner and Brigitte Bardot

French Sexpot Described by British Actor

By Lee Belser

Corsicana Daily Sun March 3, 1958

It isn’t necessary to be a sexpot to be a movie star, but it helps.

In the case of France’s Brigitte Bardot it is phenomenal and in the words of one of her recent co-stars “she is even Frenchier than the French.”

Stephen Boyd, a moody-looking Britisher is on location here with “The Bravados” company just finished a picture in Spain with the French sex kitten.

“She is terrific,” He said. “She knows just what she’s doing and where the money is coming from.”

Doubts Temperamental

Bardot, whose films are drawing American customers by the thousands, is reportedly one of the wealthiest gals in France and one of the most temperamental.

“I don’t really think she’s temperamental,” said Boyd, “She just does as she pleases and if she takes a notion to stop working for a few days the company waits until she decides to come back.”

This procedure would go over like a lead balloon in Hollywood, but Bardot’s French film bosses seem to thrive on it and financially the returns couldn’t be better.

Boyd explains her success in a few well chosen words:

“She gives adults that same feeling of sneaking cookies out of the cupboard that they had at the age of six.

“They giggle and try to explain their interest as pure amusement, but actually it’s their animal adolescence showing.”

Amazed at Cowboy Role

The tall, slender actor who is rather amazed to find himself, a Britisher, playing the role of a cowboy in an American movie, says there’s only one Hollywood actress who has the same type of glamour.

“And that’s Ava Gardner,” he declared. “She’s older but she had the same animal magnetism. It’s the sort of thing that the man in the street can’t resist. It’s a symbol of things that are not openly discussed.”

“Neither Gardner not Bardot would ever have to act,” he added. “All they have to do it appear and the impact would heat up an asbestos wall.”

Boyd, who is known to American audiences chiefly for his portrayal as “the man who never was,” is being hailed as the greatest screen find since James Mason, but he laughed and said:

“How can a mere hunk of man compete with a bundle of curves like Brigitte Bardot?”

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Stephen Boyd and Brigitte Bardot in the racy “The Night Heaven Fell” film from 1958