About Sarah Bernhardt

Sarah Bernhardt (October 23, 1844 – March 26, 1923) was the most famous actress of the 19th Century. Her fame reached legendary heights in Europe in the 1860s and 1870s after which she formed a theatre company of her own that traveled to far off destinations including the United States, Canada, Brazil, Australia, and Russia.

Bernhardt was the world’s first superstar, captivating a generation of theatre goers, endorsing products, and hobnobbing with royalty. By the end of her career she had performed over 150 parts across the globe. She was the first woman to star in a full length silent film, Queen Elizabeth (1912).