Sarah Bernhardt (c. 22/23 October 1844 – 26 March 1923) was a French stage and early film actress, and has been referred to as "the most famous actress the world has ever known". Bernhardt made her fame on the stages of France in the 1870s, and was soon in demand in Europe and the Americas. She developed a reputation as a serious dramatic actress, earning the nickname "The Divine ... more »
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''For the theatre one needs long arms; it is better to have them too long than too short. An artiste with short arms can never, never make a fine gesture.''Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923), French actor. Memories of My Life, ch. 6 (1907).
''What matters poverty? What matters anything to him who is "enamoured" of our art? Does he not carry in himself every joy and every beauty?''Sarah Bernhardt (1845-1923), French actor. The Art of the Theatre, ch. 3 (1924). The "art" she spoke of was dramatic theater.
''Each action of the actor on the stage should be the visible concomitant of his thoughts.''Sarah Bernhardt (1845-1923), French actor. The Art of the Theatre, ch. 3 (1924).
Once the curtain is raised, the actor ceases to belong to himself. He belongs to his character, to his author, to his public. He must do the impossible to identify himself with the first, not to betra...Sarah Bernhardt (1845-1923), French actor. The Art of the Theatre, ch. 3 (1924).