French filmmaker Roger Vadim talks about his memoir detailing his relationships with Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve and Jane Fonda.
French film director, producer and screenwriter Roger Vadim was married to Brigitte Bardot from 1952 – 1957. His 1956 film 'And God Created Woman' (1956) is credited with catapulting the actress to stardom.
Roger Vadim had a relationship with Catherine Deneuve who had her first notable film role in his 1963 film ‘Vice and Virtue’. Roger Vadim was married to Jane Fonda from 1965 – 1973 and he directed her in the 1968 film ‘Barbarella’. He is also divorced from the actresses Annette Stroyberg and Catherine Schneider.
Roger Vadim has recently published his memoir ‘Bardot, Deneuve, Fonda. My Life with the Three Most Beautiful Women in the World’. The director has been accused of been ungallant as this memoir reveals intimate details of his private and professional relationships with the actresses.
If Roger Vadim is on trial for lacking chivalry, he wants Jane Fonda as his lawyer. She saw his manuscript before it was printed and suggested very few amendments. In the case of personal memoirs, he believes a double standard exists,
When a woman talks about her ex-lovers it’s charming, when a man does it, it’s not gallant; it’s a lack of chivalry.
Roger Vadim knows Brigitte Bardot is unhappy about the memoir but he was careful not to be cruel about his protagonists,
Personally I draw a line when you can hurt a person.
Roger Vadim is unable to pinpoint the secret of his success with women.
Love is something which is different each time you meet someone.
This episode of ‘The Late Late Show’ was broadcast on 9 May 1986. The presenter is Gay Byrne.