Brigitte Bardot leaving a clinic in Nice, France where she was receiving treatment after a suicide attempt. The public was shocked by the attempt on her life since it so clashed with her ebullient and fun-loving persona.
This image is an example of the public's thirst for images of celebrities not only in their glamorous moments, but also at their worst. It is indicative of the persistence and omni-presence of the paparazzi and the inability of celebrities to maintain any level of privacy.
Inscribed on the front of the photograph is the following information:
Vintage photograph with overpainting and annotations, Nice, October, 1960: NY30-Oct.3 BRIGITTE EXITS Brigitte Bardot sits in a car on leaving the clinic in Nice, France, today where she has been under treatment since last week's suicide attempt. The actress wore dark glasses and a white scarf around her head. (AP Wirephoto via radio from Paris) (see AP wire story) (pr21258rca) 1960
The reverse of the photograph is stamped with the following information:
RECEIVED EXAMINER REFERENCE LIBRARY OCT 4 1960
Also include on the reverse are two newspaper cuttings of Brigitte Bardot, stamped OCT 4 1960 and captioned with:
EXIT - Brigitte Bardot sits in a car on leaving the clinic in Nice after last week's suicide attempt.
and: EXIT BARDOT - French actress Brigitte Bardot leaves private clinic at Nice, where she has been recuperating since suicide attempt. She appeared subdued, drove off with friend for unannounced destination.