SARAH BERNHARDT - PROGRAM SIGNED CIRCA 1901 - HFSID 74392
Sale Price $292.50
Her pencil signature on the program for her farewell appearance on the Metropolitan Opera House stage at the end of an American tour (1901)
Program signed: "Sarah Bernhardt", 1 page, 9¾x4, mounted on 12x7½.Program for a performance of the play "L'Aiglon" ["The Eaglet"] at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York. Billed as her "farewell appearance in this city." Ink note (unknown hand): 1901. French stage star Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923), born Henriette Rosine Bernard, who was noted for her remarkable voice, emotional acting and unconventional personal life, began her career in 1862 in comic theater and burlesque, and by the 1870s, she was appearing on stages all over Europe. Bernhardt later made her film debut in Hamlet's Duel (1900), and, although she said she detested the medium, made another film, Tosca, in 1908. Although she was horrified when she saw the finished production and demanded that the negative be destroyed, Bernhardt later appeared in La Dame aux Camelia (1911) and Queen Elizabeth, the 1912 film that provided the revenue to enable Adolph Zukor to establish Paramount Studios. Bernhardt made nine tours of the US, beginning in 1880, fascinated by her eccentric personality as well as her skill as an actress. The eccentric Bernhardt, who slept in a coffin to prepare for dramatic roles and had a champagne-sipping pet alligator, anticipates later celebrity stars. Her voice, performing this very play, was captured on an early Thomas Edison recording. Signature light but legible. Pencil note (unknown hand) upper right corner. Otherwise fine condition.
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