Bernhardt, Sarah

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Bernhardt, Sarah Gender: F
Henriette Rosine Bernard
born on 23 October 1844 at 20:00 (= 8:00 PM )
Place Paris Arrondissement 5, France, 48n5046, 2e2041
Timezone LMT m2e2041 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 00°32' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 03°31 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 01°54'

Sarah Bernhardt


French stage actress who was world famous and a legend in her own time, known as "The Divine Sarah." She was one of the first stars of the entertainment business in France. Bernhardt was the illegitimate daughter of a prostitute, the mistress of a prince and an actress from 1862.

A child with an unknown father, she was sent to convent school by her mother, Dutch Jewish Judith-Julie Bernhardt. There she was to acquire the refinements that would aid her skills in attracting a rich lover. Indifferent to academics, she entered the Conservatory of Music and Drama, determined to be an actress.

She took no prisoners in her climb to fame, scrambling, clawing and biting her way, so to speak, to the centre spotlight. All she had going for her was an indomitable will and unstoppable ambition. She was small, too thin, none too attractive and her voice did not carry. She developed skills along with experience, both with lovers and in the theatre, and her reputation began to grow among production companies and with the public.

In 1867 she gained her first notable theatrical success. The War of 1870-1871 interrupted her career and for a time she served as a nurse during the conflict. When peace was restored, she returned to the stage, achieving one artistic triumph after another. Her grand passion and excessive gestures were ideal for the 19th century stage, though she would be hooted off the boards in a modern production. At the time, she mirrored appropriately the style of humours, sentiments, anxieties, gestures and social inflections of her day.

Her lovers included Victor Hugo, the younger Dumas, the artist Gustave Dore, Edmond Rostand, the French writer Victorian Sardou and of course many incidental suitors. At the age of 20 she had a bastard son, Maurice, by the Prince de Ligne. She managed to spoil the boy, paying his debts when he became a wastrel and a gambler. Fidelity was inconceivable and she liked to play one suitor off against another. Her affairs were conducted with the maximum of high drama, frenzy and tragedy worthy of a theatrical life.

By the late 1870s, her art and her affairs had become components of the Parisian atmosphere. She was called by some the greatest figure of her day. Madame Sarah journeyed from country to country, a triumph everywhere. She was the benchmark against whom every actress measured herself. Her flamboyance escalated every year. She kept odd beasts as pets. She was probably the first woman to ascend in a balloon and surely the only star to play both Ophelia and Hamlet, in separate productions.

In 1882, she was married for the only time for one year, to a nondescript individual, Jacques Damala; he died a decade later.

After a leg injury in 1905, she suffered for nine years before having the leg amputated in 1914. She continued to perform, write, sculpt and manage her own theatre.

Bernhardt died of uremic poisoning and a weak heart on 26 March 1923 at 8:05 PM in the 17th arrondissement of Paris. At her funeral, the streets of Paris were lined ten deep as the coffin made its journey to Père-Lachaise cemetery.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • business associate/partner relationship with Karl, Roger (born 29 April 1882). Notes: Co-stars on stage
  • friend relationship with Abbéma, Louise (born 30 October 1853). Notes: presumed lovers
  • friend relationship with Hugo, Victor (born 26 February 1802)
  • lover relationship with Loir, Adrien (born 15 December 1862)
  • other kin relationship with Perronet, Joanni (born 19 October 1877). Notes: Godkin
  • (has as) student relationship with Loty, Maud (born 19 July 1894)
  • (has as) protégé relationship with Glass, Gaston (born 31 December 1899)
  • role played of/by Borgia, Lucrezia (born 19 April 1479 Jul.Cal. (28 Apr 1479 greg.)). Notes: 1911 play "Lucrèce Borgia" by Victor Hugo
  • role played of/by Elizabeth I, Queen of England (born 7 September 1533 Jul.Cal. (17 Sep 1533 greg.)). Notes: 1912 film "Les Amours de la reine Élisabeth"
  • role played of/by Jackson, Glenda (born 9 May 1936). Notes: 1976 film "The Incredible Sarah"
  • role played of/by Joan of Arc (born 6 January 1412 Jul.Cal. (15 Jan 1412 greg.)). Notes: 1890 play "Jeanne d'Arc", 1909 play "Le Procès de Jeanne d'Arc"
  • role played of/by Teresa of Avila, Saint (born 28 March 1515 Jul.Cal. (7 Apr 1515 greg.)). Notes: 1906 play, "La Vierge d'Avila"


  • Work : New Job 1862 (First started acting on stage)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 1865 (Had a bastard son by a Prince)
  • Work : Gain social status 1867 (Began to gain acclaim)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1882 (Married for a year)
  • Health : Acute illness 1905 (Leg injury, led to amputation)
  • Health : Medical procedure 22 February 1915 (Leg amputated)
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  • Death by Disease 26 March 1923 at 8:05 PM in Paris, France (Uremic poisoning, age 78)
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  • Work : Prize 1960 (Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame)

Source Notes

Blanche Broderick writes in Current Astrology, Winter/1947, "A carefully documented biography written by a member of her family gives a copy of her baptismal certificate with the date, the same date that she herself refers to in her "Memoirs." Another biographer, a close friend for many years, places the hour at, "about 8:00 PM." (Rectified to 7:53 PM)

Biography: Arthur Gold and Robert Fizdale, "The Divine Sarah," Alfred A. Knopf publisher, 1991. The year of birth, 1844, remains uncertain.


  • Traits : Body : Diet unusual (Vegetarian, vegan, pescetarian)
  • Traits : Body : Size (Small, thin)
  • Traits : Personality : Ambitious
  • Traits : Personality : Eccentric (Flamboyant)
  • Traits : Personality : Hard worker
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Heart (Weak, terminal)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Kidney (Uremic poisoning, terminal)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Legs (Illness, then amputation after nine years)
  • Family : Childhood : Disadvantaged (Mom a prostitute, dad unknown)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage less than 3 Yrs (One year)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Mistress of a prince)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One son, spoiled)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Animals, pets (Odd beasts as pets)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Hobbies, games (Hobby of sculpture)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Extremes in quantity (Lovers as she chose)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Transvestite (In stage roles)
  • Vocation : Business : Top executive (Manager of own theater)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Live Stage (Legitimate theater actress)
  • Vocation : Medical : Nurse/ Nurse's Aids (Nurse 1870-71)
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame (Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women