The divine Sarah: a wonderful actress, loved both female and male rolesPictolic
The divine Sarah — that's what the public called one of the most famous Actresses of the late XIX — early XX century, Sarah Bernhardt. Outstanding appearance, a flair for the dramatic, magical energy made her known to the whole world. Chekhov wrote: "When she runs not for naturalness, and the singularity. Its aim is to amaze, to astonish, to dazzle..."
Sarah Bernhardt (Sarah Bernhardt) was born in 1844 in the family milliner-courtesan and a lawyer. Childhood the future actress was held in an environment of nurses. The girl almost did not see the mother as she spent time at balls and receptions with their patrons.
At the age of 15 to learn the true lesson of his mother, Sarah Bernhardt threw himself at her feet and begged to be sent down to the monastery. Witnessed this scene became the Duke de Morny, another admirer of the mother. He exclaimed that this girl doesn't belong in the monastery, and theater. His patronage Sarah was accepted into the National Academy of music and recitations, and two years later — in the theater "Comedie Francaise".
Executable thanks to great dramatic roles, and a tragic reincarnations audience dubbed the actress, the divine Sarah. Bowed before her audience all over Europe, Russia, North and South America. Everywhere showered her with precious gifts, dedicating poems.
Sarah Bernhardt in the character of Cleopatra.
Usually, Actresses allow themselves liberties, but Sarah Bernhardt shocked the audience with his behavior not only on stage but also in life. In his youth, when the actress was ill with tuberculosis, she persuaded her mother to buy her a coffin of mahogany. The girl was afraid of being buried in some ugly coffin.
Subsequently, Sarah Bernhardt carried the coffin on all tours. She slept in it, learned of the role, posed for photographers, in General, considered him their mascot. In the house the actress had a lot of unusual things. On the walls were stuffed birds with the skulls in the beaks of the Pets there were Cheetah, crocodile, chameleon.
Sarah Bernhardt in Theodora way.
Besides women's roles, the actress brilliantly coped with the male parties. The role of the son of Napoleon in the play "Eaglet" Rostand has aroused the admiration of the public. And for the execution of the party's 20-year-old boys, the audience called Sarah Bernhardt (which at that time was 56 years old) encore 30 times.
With the advent of cinema, Sarah Bernhardt was the first who took part in the filming. At that time, the actress was far older woman, and the camera showed all her wrinkles. After watching the film with his participation "the Lady with camellias" Sarah Bernhardt never acted in films.
Sarah Bernhardt loved to rest in a coffin.
In 1905, during a speech at the theatre of Rio de Janeiro, Bernhardt injured her knee. The injury was serious. By 1915, due to gangrene, she had to amputate her entire right leg. The actress even offered $ 10,000 to demonstrate its finiteness before the doctors, but she refused. Despite the lack of legs, the woman did not cease their interventions until 1922.
The lady of the camellias, 1881.
In 1923 actress died. Even the script of his funeral she developed herself. Six the youngest of the actors carried her coffin, and the road, which was the funeral procession, was strewn with camellias — favorite colors Sarah Bernhardt.