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Memorable screen sirens of Cannes Film Fest

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 :  Bardot mania

Then an unknown, Brigitte Bardot first appeared at Cannes in 1953 and caused quite a sensation, lounging on the beach in a bikini while Kirk Douglas plaited her hair.

Fourteen years later the French star returned as an international sex symbol for the festival’s closing ceremonies in May 1967 where she was to pay tribute to Swiss actor Michel Simon, the night’s guest of honour.

But photographers battled each other amid a massive crowd trying to catch a glimpse of “BB” as she entered the auditorium. Police had to fight to clear the way for Bardot as her husband Gunter Sachs pleaded for the crowd not to crush her.


In bed with Madonna

At the height of her fame in 1991, the US icon came to Cannes to present her documentary Madonna: Truth Or Dare.

Holed up in the five-star Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, she stopped traffic on the winding roads of Cap d’Antibes for her daily 15km run – surrounded by 15 bodyguards.

On the night of the screening, a crowd of at least 10,000 onlookers gathered in front of the Palais des Festivals to try to catch a glimpse of the star, whose limo inched through the crowd.

Chaos ensued as Madonna, wrapped in a pink cloak, strolled the red carpet, before halting, turning and revealing the cream conical bra designed by Jean Paul Gaultier she wore underneath.

A female television presenter was thrown to the ground live on-air, as were several photographers.

Sharon Stone: A star is born

In 1992, the festival opened with the whodunnit Basic Instinct, an erotic thriller by Dutch director Paul Verhoeven.

The main female role – a novelist who stabs her victims with an ice pick while engaged in acrobatic sex acts – was played by US star Sharon Stone.

Completely at ease and oozing glamour, Stone, up to then known for just secondary roles, caused a minor riot among cameramen as she ascended Cannes’ red carpet in a low-cut gown.

Stone became a regular feature at Cannes, turning her into a worldwide star.

Source : Internet

 

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