Sarah Bernhardt

Sarah Bernhardt was born in late October, 1844. She was born as Sara-Marie-Henriette Rosine Bernardt. She added the H's to her name. Bernhardt was a famous actress, on the stage and screen. Sarah decided to become a nun, but her mother's boyfriend, the Duke de Morny, wanted her to be an actress. At 16 he put her in an acting school called the Paris Conservatoire. She left acting school in 1862 and got a contract with Comedie-Frances, but it was cancelled when she slapped a senior actress for being mean to her sister. In 1864/1865 she had a child named Maurice. In 1866 she signed a contract with the Odéon theatre. She was a demand in many places by 1880. She performed in New York City for the first time in 1880. Sarah was one of the first women to play the role of Hamlet in her film debut in 1900 in Hamlet's Duel. She was considered one of the stars of the "Silent Movies." She died in Paris on March 26, 1923 at the age of 78. One of her nicknames is "The Divine Sarah". One of her movies is Mothers of France. Sarah has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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2010, by Shirin, fourth grade

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