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Sarah Bernhardt

Actress
Female
Born Oct 23, 1844
Hometown Paris, France
Died Mar 26, 1923
Other Names Bernardt, Rosine

Sarah Bernhardt was a French stage and early film actress, and has been referred to as "the most famous actress the world has ever known". Bernhardt made her fame on the stages of France in the 1870s, and was soon in demand in Europe and the Americas. She developed a reputation as a serious dramatic actress, earning the nickname "The Divine Sarah".… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1844 Birth Born in 1844.

TEENAGE

1860 16 Years Old When Sarah was young her mother sent her to Grandchamp, an Augustine convent school near Versailles. In 1860 she began attending the Conservatoire de Musique at Déclamation in Paris and eventually became a student at the Comédie Française where she would have her acting debut (11 August 1862) in the title role of Racine's Iphigénie to lackluster reviews. … Read More
1862 18 Years Old Bernhardt's stage career started in 1862 while she was a student at the Comédie-Française, France's most prestigious theater.

TWENTIES

1864 20 Years Old She decided to leave France, and soon ended up in Belgium, where she became the mistress of Henri, Prince de Ligne, and gave birth to their son, Maurice, in 1864. … Read More
1866 22 Years Old Bernhardt then reverted to the theater, securing a contract at the Théâtre de L’Odéon where she began performing in 1866. … Read More
1871 27 Years Old Sarah Bernhardt changed her first name and added an "h" to her surname. Her birth records were lost in a fire in 1871. … Read More
1872 28 Years Old In 1872, she left the Odéon and returned to Comédie-Française. … Read More

THIRTIES

1874 30 Years Old …  This may have been inspired by her 1874 performance in Le Sphinx. … Read More
1882 38 Years Old She later married Greek-born actor Aristides Damala (known in France by the stage name Jacques Damala) in London in 1882, but the marriage, which legally endured until Damala's death in 1889 at age 34, quickly collapsed, largely due to Damala's dependence on morphine. … Read More

FIFTIES

1900 56 Years Old Bernhardt was one of the pioneer silent movie actresses, debuting as Hamlet in the two-minute long film Le Duel d'Hamlet in 1900. (Technically, this was not a silent film, and in fact, it is cited as one of the first examples of a sound and moving image syncing system created with the new phono-cinema-theatre system.) This can be seen on YouTube. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

1905 61 Years Old In 1905, while performing in Victorien Sardou's La Tosca in Teatro Lírico do Rio de Janeiro, Bernhardt injured her right knee when jumping off the parapet in the final scene. … Read More
1910 66 Years Old …  In New York’s art scene of 1910 the story line of the play was nothing short of scandalous. … Read More
1915 71 Years Old 1 More Event
By 1915, gangrene set in and her entire right leg was amputated; she was required to use a wheelchair for several months. … Read More
1923 79 Years Old Sarah Bernhardt died from uremia following kidney failure in 1923. … Read More
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