Sarah Bernhardt: The Art of High Drama

Wednesday, May 22 at 11:30 a.m.

Dubbed “the greatest actress of the Western world,” Sarah Bernhardt graced global stages and screens for well over half a century with a distinctly “feminine” and physical style of acting. Her talent for death scenes—Camille, Tosca, Hamlet—was so remarked that dying nightly, twice a day when there was a matinee, became de rigueur. Bernhardt’s afterlife, including a series of phrases still in use, like “Who Do You Think You Are--Sarah Bernhardt?” is one of many indices of her role as the first mass-media star.