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Brigitte Lahaie • First European Star

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Who is a most iconic European pornstar? There are many names, but one is boldest. Brigitte Lahaie is a true legend. She was one of the first women who become an erotic star. Now is nearly 40 years after end her erotic career and every month 3 million people search her name on the Google. Brigitte Lahaie is a legend because she is not only beautiful but an even woman with high intellect and positive attitude to sexuality. Brigitte Lahaie is real queen of European porn cinema.

Brigitte Lahaie was born on 12th October 1955 in Tourcoing near the coastal city Calais to the family of bank clerk. Her real name is Brigitte Lucille Jeanine Van Meerhaeghe and is Dutch decent. Her surname means in the Dutch language: From behind the Hedge. It is the even reason why she chooses pseudonym Lahaie because it means The Hedge in the French language. She has a harmonic childhood but very strict upbringing. She always loves horses and movies. Her favorite movie is famous french movie White Mane. She never was school girl who was learning so much. After high school, she left Calais with her sister and try to live in few cities of France but finally end in the Paris a soon she get the opportunity to become an erotic star. She describes her beginnings with her words:

 

“In the beginning, my working life was very unglamorous. Living in a small flat with my sister Anette and working in a shoe shop. Originally I wanted to be a model. I answered adverts. But they always said, no. I was too short, and my breast was too big. That’s funny to think it now. Eventually, I was offered a part in a film. But a not typical film. It was 1976, and low budget producers in France were all moving to the newly legalized area of hardcore pornography.

I was very surprised. I don’t even know that porn movies ever existed. But I wasn’t shocked. I saw what was going on and I thought well, why not? I was very young and naive. But you must remember it was after ’68 (In May 1968 was student’s strikes and riots in the Paris), and things were supposed to be very different. In fact, it was pretty boring. It was the revolution of my own to make porno movies.”

Famous Jean Rollin discovered her and shot first film Vibrations Sexuelles (1976) with her. But the first experience of Brigitte was not positive: “I first did nude photo’s and then one day they suggested to do a porn movie. I did it because I was curious as well for financial reasons. It was hard, and I didn’t want to do it again, but after two, three months I came back here and started doing some. It took a long time for me to decide to go for it really, but since I had left my job and no longer got monthly payments, there were real money problems.”

 

On another hand, she had an excellent relationship with Jean Rollin and made many movies together. She is saying about him only best: “With Jean, it’s a real story of friendship. I think Jean loves me a lot. He immediately believed in my talent, or at least in my charisma, and he promised me from the first meeting to give me a real role.”

Her next movie was Belles d‘un Soir (alternative title Suprêmes jouissances) from french porn movies pioneer and director Claude Mulot (pseudonym Frederick Lansac). This film was about three girls seeking emancipation. Claude Mulot was always trying to incorporate deeper thoughts to his movies. This movie is the paraphrase of Buñuel’s Belle de Jour from 1967. In this film three heroines trying to escape bonds of traditional phallocentric society. The story of the three girls who had enough of male chauvinistic piggery and set up a little chauvinistic instead. Martine Grimaud character offer idea to live free independently on the men. No more sexual stress and humiliation. First, they leave their phallocentric jobs. They together pool money resources and rent a luxury apartment in the center of Paris. They start to have the same behavior as Playboy men. They fuck what they want. They even hire a poor male servant and sexually “abused” him.  Every fun ended when girls spent all money, and they reverted to their old roles. Claude Mulot hides in the movie many hidden messages and tries to show women’s: “right to pleasure”. There is an interesting point in the film. When the women initiate sex is a scene amusing and beautiful and when is started by men it is unpleasant and abusive. Intreseting fact: This movie was edited by later famous XXX director Gerard Kikoine.

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Her third movie was Parties Fines. One of earliest films of legend and very productive director of French Golden Era – Gerard Kikoine. This movie telling the story from 1930 and depicts sexual adventure of baroness Brigitte Lahaie and submissive servant Maud Carole.

These three movies are Brigitte Lahaie’s earliest. Sources are various in the terms which of these three films was Brigitte Lahaie’s debut. We think it was Vibrations Sexuelles because Jean Rollin discovered Brigitte but we will research this topic further.

There is even information her first movie was Africa Erotica from 1970 where she used her first pseudonym Brigitte Simonim (name what she uses in the mainstream cinema). Some sources were saying she was making this film when she was 15 but it is nonsense. Her scene was added to the movie in 1978 in movie re-release. Probably was made sometime in the year 1977.

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It is even good to point French government raised taxes on the pornography movie in 1976. Every foreign movie if want to go to distribution in France must pay flat tax 300 000 francs (it was 75 000 USD in 1977 and 300 000 USD in 2016). Domestic French movies producers must pay 66% tax. Porn cinemas going to bankrupt and quality of movies go down.

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Brigitte Lahaie had very productive time from 1977 to the June of 1980 when made around fifty movies. Here is a list of the most famous:

“Je suis à prendre”/ “I am your to take” (1978) : A classic X cinema, one of his best films according to her. Became cult especially for a scene turned under a horse (and not with). Directed by Francis Leroi, who has devoted his whole life to cinema X and erotic.

“La Clinique des Phantasmes” / “Rx for Sex” (1978): The fifth and last time that Brigitte Lahaie plays in a film by Gérard Kikoinne, one of the most talented in the genre. Stuffed with humor, the “Clinique des Phantasmes” proves that pornography can be very funny.

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“I burn everywhere” / “Je brûle de partout” (1978): Signed Jesus Franco, not a good memory for Brigitte. A film shot in Portugal in a hurry. Jesus still has a little time, he wants to shoot a second movie, but the actress refuses and wants to return to France. Angry, our two friends will not be together until ten years later.

“La Grande mouille” / “Parties of Hunting in Sologne” (1979): One of the four films in which Brigitte Lahaie shares the poster with another well-known but less experienced actress: Marylin Jess. At the helm, Claude-Bernard Aubert, one of the mastodons of this golden age of the X. This director, also known as Burt Tranbaree, will lead a total of ten times, Brigitte Lahaie. Nobody will do better.

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“Le Journal érotique d’une Thailandaise” / “The Erotic Diary of a Thai” (1980): This work by Jean-Marie Pallardy has the peculiarity of existing in two versions: soft and hard. Playing the role of Claudine, Brigitte Lahaie will no longer see Pallardy again, persuaded of the unworthy intentions of the latter. It is a pity, to see her playing in ” White Fire” or ” Overdose ” could have been very pleasant!

“Les Petites écolières” / “The Little Schoolgirls” (1980): Last X by Claude Mulot (pseudonym Frédéric Lansac), but also last X by Brigitte Lahaie. The genre is running out of steam, and it has nothing more to prove: “it’s time to move on”. Young Marylin Jess, 21, can take over.

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Aka: Brigitte Lahaye, Brigitte Simonin, Fanny, Brigitte Bordeaux
Real Name: Brigitte Van Meerhaegue
Place of Birth: Tourcoing, Nord, France
Date of Birth: 12/10/1955
Film Career: 1976-1980
Height: 1,73m / 5’8”
Measurements: 36D-24-36
Official Site: BrigitteLahaie.fr
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