November 17, 2010
Not Bibi (who's pretty darn fabulous too) but the fabulous BeBe - Brigitte Bardot.
The Javal family is a distinguished French-Jewish family of industrialists, bankers, medicos, etc which originated in Alsace. I believe the name Javal is unique to them. BeBe's papa was a Parisian industrialist and her birth name is often given as Camille Javal. Yet, on googling, I find that Camille Javal is in some sources given as the name of a character she played. Most confusing.
All this might, for many people, come into the "who the Hell cares" category, but at a time when all too many of us scramble to claim even the most "minor" celeb as of Jewish background, wouldn't it be fabulous to claim just a bit of BeBe!
Any genealogical sleuths out there who could provide the definitive word on Mlle Javal?