(1844 - 1923)
Sarah Bernhardt was born in Paris in 1844. After a successful acting career in France she came
to London in 1876 where she quickly
established herself as the leading actress of the day. In 1892 she asked Oscar
Wilde to write her a play. The result was Salome but while in rehearsal the Lord Chamberlain had the play banned. In 1899 she
founded the Theatre Sarah
Bernhardt in Paris.
Although she had a leg amputated in 1915, Sarah
to appear on the stage until her death in 1923.