04/21/2012 12:21 pm ET Updated Apr 21, 2012

Brigitte Bardot Photo Exhibit Comes To Chicago's Sofitel (PHOTOS)

A traveling exhibit featuring 30 reportedly never-before-seen photographs of French actress, singer and fashion icon Brigitte Bardot made its Chicago debut Friday.

The exhibit -- titled "BB Forever - Brigitte Bardot, le Légende" -- opened Friday in the lobby at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower hotel, located at 20 E. Chestnut St. on the city's Near North Side. The exhibit, featured in The New York Times' "In Transit" blog Saturday, is free to view -- even if you are not a hotel guest.

(Scroll down for a preview of the exhibit.)

The now-77-year-old star and former sex symbol, who came to prominence when she starred in the 1956 film "And God Created Woman," was the subject of Simone de Beauvoir's 1959 essay "The Lolita Syndrome" and is well known for her animal rights activism, as well as her controversial statements on Islam and immigration.

In conjunction with the exhibit, guests of the Sofitel in Chicago can partake a special "legendary" room package that includes luxury accommodations, breakfast for two and two cocktails at Le Bar.

The exhibit premiered last month in Los Angeles and will next head to Sofitel properties in Washington D.C. and New York after its Chicago run concludes on May 26.

Visit the Sofitel's website for more information.

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