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Sarah Bernhardt

Stage and Film Actress Sarah Bernhardt

Full Name: Henriette-Rosine Bernard
Profession: Stage and Film Actress

Nationality:
France
French

Why Famous: Bernhardt was a French stage actress, renowned for her roles in the most popular French plays of the 19th and 20th centuries—e.g., La Dame Aux Camelias' and 'Ruy Blas.'

She was one of the first major actresses to star in motion pictures, for instance the two-minute long film 'Le Duel d'Hamlet' by Clément Maurice.

The second motion picture in which she starred was 'La Tosca' in 1908, which has since been lost.

Born: October 22, 1844
Birthplace: Paris, France
Star Sign: Libra

Died: March 26, 1923 (aged 78)
Cause of Death: Uremia (kidney failure)

Historical Events

  • 1880-11-08 French actress Sarah Bernhardt makes her US debut at NY's Booth Theater
  • 1882-12-11 Victorien Sardous "Fedora" with Sarah Bernhardt, premieres in Paris

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