Sarah Bernhardt

Actress Sarah Bernhardt

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."
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Barry Lubin, Grandma the Clown, in Final Big Apple Tour
NYTimes - over 6 years
WALDEN, N.Y. — Some might think it an inappropriate beginning for a grand farewell tour, but certainly not Grandma , a k a Barry Lubin. Here was Mr. Lubin, the 59-year old star clown who began fooling around at the Big Apple Circus 29 years ago, being lassoed by two magicians at the show’s cavernous practice arena in this woodsy patch
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John Lichfield: Changing times on the most famous avenue in the world - The Independent
Google News - over 6 years
The avenue's residential days (former residents include Thomas Jefferson and Sarah Bernhardt) are long gone. By the 1970s and 1980s, the avenue was a dispiriting sort of place, dominated by car show-rooms and airline offices
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East Coast music odyssey: 5 iconic venues of Australian rock - CNNGo.com
Google News - over 6 years
It's stature and scenic location has attracted visits from the likes of Mark Twain and Sarah Bernhardt, and The Espy has been an important part of Melbourne's (and indeed Australia's) music culture since its beginnings in the late 1800s
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Jane Fonda: People with a healthy sex life cope better with ageing - Daily Mail
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'The great French actress, Sarah Bernhardt, and the legendary designer, Coco Chanel, both had lovers well into their later lives. 'Catherine the Great was reputed to have taken younger lovers to bed. Mae West, who lived to 90, had a live-in lover 45
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For 'Heritage Days', Access to Hidden Paris - New York Times (blog)
Google News - over 6 years
Museums will provide free guided tours, concerts and workshops; there will also be free guided tours of famous Paris cemeteries, including Père Lachaise, the final resting place of Molière, Chopin, Proust, Sarah Bernhardt and Jim Morrison
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Joan Collins says sex is secret to looking young - CTV.ca
Google News - over 6 years
The great French actress Sarah Bernhardt, and the legendary designer Coco Chanel, both had lovers well into their later lives ... It is every adult's prerogative to enjoy sex (although young people may not agree). It delights me to read about a couple
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Andy Warhol's 'Jewish geniuses' still fuelling debate - The Independent
Google News - over 6 years
The portraits are brightly coloured silk-screen prints Warhol created using famous photographs of historical figures which, in addition to Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud, included Sarah Bernhardt, Louis Brandeis, Martin Buber, George Gershwin,
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Errors & Omissions: How did a dog end up on a list of famous cats? - The Independent
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There are all those blind blues singers for a start, and Sarah Bernhardt with her dodgy leg, and then ... Yes, the mad human brain starts compiling lists quite unbidden, but what does it all prove? Tom Campbell of Birmingham writes to point out a story
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MUSIC REVIEW; Poul Ruders’s ‘Selma Jezkova’ at Lincoln Center - Review
NYTimes - over 6 years
If Sarah Bernhardt’s definitive performance in Victorien Sardou’s 1887 play “La Tosca” had been available through Netflix, would Puccini ever have based an opera on it? Would his “Tosca” have stood a chance? Recycling is at the heart of art, but contemporary culture has added a new twist. Now the source material
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Carnegie offers fashion trip from the 1860s to 1960s - Newnan Times-Herald
Google News - over 6 years
Queen Alexandra of England and actress Sarah Bernhardt were among those popularizing fashions of the era. The 1890s brought a moderating wind to women's fashions. Women were more active -- walking and riding bicycles. "The invention of the typewriter
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Talking Theatre by Richard Eyre – review - The Guardian
Google News - over 6 years
While mid-century Broadway, Brecht, Beckett and the Royal Court revolution recur as themes, the subject-matter is diverse; one moment John Gielgud is reminiscing about Sarah Bernhardt, the next Peter Brook might be discussing his 60s experiments,
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Old Savannah Theatre has become a popular live show - Savannah Morning News
Google News - over 6 years
Icons such as Fanny Davenport, EH Sothern, Julia Marlowe, Otis Skinner, Henry Irving, Tyrone Power, Ellen Terry, Oscar Wilde, Lillian Russell, Sarah Bernhardt, WC Fields and Edwin Booth made the theater a favorite venue for everyone from Savannah's
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Sarah Bernhardt inspires actress, playwright to compose one-woman musical ... - Kalamazoo Gazette - MLive.com
Google News - over 6 years
By Patrick Norris | Special to the Gazette Courtesy photoBernhardt reborn: Playwright and actress Carol Dunitz pays homage to French actress Sarah Bernhardt in her one-woman musical "Bernhardt on Broadway." SAUGATUCK — Sarah Bernhardt returns to
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 1923
    Age 78
    Sarah Bernhardt died from uremia following kidney failure in 1923.
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  • 1915
    Age 70
    She continued her career, sometimes without using a wooden prosthetic limb, which she did not like. She carried out a successful tour of America in 1915, and on returning to France she played in her own productions almost continuously until her death.
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    By 1915, gangrene set in and her entire right leg was amputated; she was required to use a wheelchair for several months.
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  • 1910
    Age 65
    In New York’s art scene of 1910 the story line of the play was nothing short of scandalous.
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  • 1905
    Age 60
    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.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1900
    Age 55
    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.
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  • 1899
    Age 54
    In 1899 Bernhardt took over the former Théâtre des Nations on the Place du Châtelet, renaming it the Théâtre Sarah-Bernhardt and opening on 21 January in one of her most admired parts, the title role in Victorien Sardou's La Tosca.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1893
    Age 48
    In between tours Bernhardt took over the lease of the Théâtre de la Renaissance, which she ran as producer-director-star from 1893 to 1899.
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  • 1891
    Age 46
    In 1891-92 she took part in a worldwide tour which included much of Europe, Russia, North & South America, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and Samoa.
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  • 1888
    Age 43
    In 1888 she toured Italy, Egypt, Turkey, Sweden, Norway and Russia.
  • 1887
    Age 42
    In 1887 she toured South America including Cuba where she performed in the Sauto Theater, in Matanzas.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1882
    Age 37
    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.
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  • 1880
    Age 35
    Her first tour of the United States and Canada took place in 1880-81 (157 performances in 31 cities).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1872
    Age 27
    In 1872, she left the Odéon and returned to Comédie-Française.
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  • 1871
    Age 26
    Sarah Bernhardt changed her first name and added an "h" to her surname. Her birth records were lost in a fire in 1871.
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  • 1866
    Age 21
    Bernhardt then reverted to the theater, securing a contract at the Théâtre de L’Odéon where she began performing in 1866.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1864
    Age 19
    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.
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  • 1862
    Age 17
    Bernhardt's stage career started in 1862 while she was a student at the Comédie-Française, France's most prestigious theater.
  • 1860
    Age 15
    When Bernhardt was young her mother sent her to Grandchamp, an Augustine convent school near Versailles. In 1860 she began attending the Conservatoire de musique et de 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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1844
    Born
    Born in 1844.
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