Sarah Bernhardt

September 21, 2010 by Post Team 

Sarah Bernhardt, Sarah Bernhardt was a French stage and film actress beginning, and is known as “the most famous actress the world has ever known.” Bernhardt did its fame in the stages of Europe in the 1870s, and soon in demand in Europe and South America. She developed a reputation as a serious dramatic actress, nicknamed “The Divine Sarah.”

In 1874, Sarah Bernhardt wrote a letter to Jean-Mounet Sully, her lover and star, the French actress and playwright incredible it seems, for once, stop doing. He would never be enough for her, she writes, because “they are not made for happiness.” She has created a stir: “My heart demands more excitement than anyone can give…. I’m an incomplete person.”

In “Sarah”, sharp, a biography of Robert Gottlieb efficient, the woman whose name is synonymous with a theater emerges as the first modern celebrity, public relations experts familiar with the notes, in his own myth and a howling emptiness at its core . His first publicity stunt, “miserable btch” on a great lady of the Comédie-Française and shouting around her slap in the face after the woman pushed the youngest sister of Bernhardt. Bernhardt refused to apologize (apologize to my sister of his first “) Let’s resigned to the theater and became famous overnight. Fortunately, her performance stood up to scrutiny.

At least that’s how it was counted. Bernhardt, who never let the facts get in the way of a good story, did not reveal the identity of his father and his father and his child is contrary to the details of your place and date of birth and any story told with charm. More revealing, perhaps the things that did not opt to hide: she was never reluctant to its illegality – was probably his father a naval officer of Le Havre – or on the illegality of his own son. (On tour in England in 1880, asked to be introduced in the receptions of scandal, as “Mademoiselle. Sarah Bernhardt and her son.”) And in an era of virulent anti-Semitism, which was publicly proud of his Jewish roots. (This book is part of the “Yale Jewish Life” show.) Technically, its motto, “Quand même, means” good “or” Still “, but in the hands of Bernhardt that comes as a cheerful,” What? ”
Its formation was undeniably grim. Bernhardt mother was one of the two Dutch and a German-Dutch Jewish family, and after moving to Paris was a high-level courtesan. She did not encourage trying to p**p her daughter out as they get older. When Bernhardt on stage for the first time in the Comédie-Française, her hateful mother talked about a negative review: “Look, everybody calls you stupid, and everyone knows my son!”
Out of those fires superstars have been forged. After the wheel of France’s most famous theater, Bernhardt was a rival, the Odeon, where his flamboyant style. He returned in triumph to the Comédie-Française and through roles like Joan of Arc, and Hamlet Camille even became the most famous woman in the world. Victor Hugo, with whom he allegedly had an affair, the admired. Henry James – after she took stunts like traveling with his coffin, with a zoo in her apartment and a hat adorned with a stuffed bat – thought it was an advertising genius. Chekhov as his “drowned in the artifice and Turgenev met his” false and affected the cold. “George Bernard Shaw struck his selfishness and then years later admitted that he attacked because he remembered his aunt, Georgina.

Diva in the solid tradition Bernhardt, can be as bright at work, private hopeless. One of his former lover, the actor Lou Tellegen, wrote an autobiography entitled exploitation on women kindly, “to which Dorothy Parker, that the review in Vanity Fair, said the addition” fools “the title.’s Father Bernhardt’s son was probably a passing fancy Belgian Prince de Ligne, and she was married to a Greek Pl**yboy that cost a lot of money and on which Bram Stoker said later that there were some Dracula-based. So much for the appeal. It was, Gottlieb writes, “the biggest mistake of the life of Sara.”

He got over it. Halfway through the book, Gottlieb – former director of Simon & Schuster, Alfred A. Knopf and The New Yorker – is a synonym of “unity” and “determination.” Bernhardt was the zeal of morality. She was an early feminist. On tour in America, stood before a black woman who was expelled from a hotel to attend a convention of women activists. The only main argument was that once had with his son about the Dreyfus case, which was anti-, who is pro-Jewish officer accused of treason, which was a barometer for racism in France and abroad.

His latest bon mot, spoke in 1923 when he was dying, was to observe the waiting reporters, “They tortured me throughout my life, I’m going to torture.” Colette said, “indomitable Bernhardt, desire endless charm, the charm again, to delight to the gates of death.” And, as this biography shows admirable, far beyond that point, too.

Emma Brockes writes for The Guardian and is the author of “What would Barbra do? How Music changed my life.”

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