Roger Vadim (26 January 1928 – 11 February 2000) was a French journalist, author, actor, screenwriter, director, and producer who launched Brigitte Bardot's career in the film And God Created Woman.
Vadim was born as Roger Vladimir Plemiannikov in Paris. His Russian father, Igor Plemiannikov, had immigrated from Ukraine and became a naturalized French citizen, and was a vice consul of France to Egypt. Vadim became a stage actor at the age of 16. In 1947 he became assistant writer to film director Marc Allégret.
Vadim was celebrated for his romances/marriages to beautiful actresses. He lived with Catherine Deneuve, by whom he had a child, Christian Vadim, prior to his marriage to Jane Fonda. He wrote about these in his 1986 book Bardot, Deneuve & Fonda.