France: Famous French Actress
Sarah Bernhardt 1844 – 26 March 1923 was a French stage and early film actress. She was referred to as “the most famous actress the world has ever known”. Bernhardt made her fame on the stages of France in the 1870s, at the beginning of the Belle Epoque period, 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”.
In her youth, Queen Marie of Romania used to dress like Bernhardt in court balls.