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Have you ever wondered how certain people become so famous? Do you know their culture or where they come from? Perhaps, you had never even thought about it for a moment, but everyone that is famous and not famous all have certain life events that lead them to where they are now. Just like Leonardo Dicaprio and everyone else, Sarah Bernhardt, the most famous French actress had many life events as a child through growing up that led her to become an actress.Sarah Bernhardt was born in October of 1844 and died in March of 1923. Sarah Bernhardt was known as the most “famous international star” says Mark Twain, an American author. Bernhardt’s original name when she was born was Henriette-Rosine Bernard, but she had it changed to Sarah and added a “T” to her last name. She was the daughter of Judith van Bernardt and an unknown father. When Bernhardt was born it caused a burden to Bernhardt’s mother and she did not want Sarah. Sarah grew up in a nomadic life because she was always moving around and no one wanted her. She was tossed everywhere from different convents, to pensions, and back to her home in Paris. At the age of seven, Bernhardt was sent to be raised in a convent (known as a Christian community) called Grand-Champs in Versailles because of her mother was pregnant with another child and she did not want her (Richardson 15-17; Pauk 1).

Sarah became destined to become a star while she was at the Grand-Champs convent. Sarah had an opportunity to read the play, Tobie recouvrant sa vue written by Mere Sainte-Therese because according to Joanna Richardson, French and English translator, “the convent was sent into a turmoil.” Sarah wanted to be in the play so bad that she waited in fear for a part and it was never assigned t…

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Richardson, Joanna. Sarah Bernhardt and Her World. New York: Putnam, 1977. Print.

Bernhardt, Sarah. The Memoirs of Sarah Bernhardt: Early Childhood through the First American Tour. Ed. Sandy Lesburg, and Mariana Fitzpatrick. New York-London: Peebles Press, 1977. Print.

Bernhardt, Sarah, and Victoria Tietze Larson. My Double Life: The Memoirs of Sarah Bernhardt. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1999. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 11 Apr. 2014.

Polchin, James. “Bigger Than Any Gender Could Hold.” Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide 18.2 (2011): 35. Academic Complete Search. Web. 8 Apr. 2014.

Pauk, Barbara. “Sarah Bernhardt And The London Stage: Fame and Ideology.” Nineteenth Century Theatre & Film 37.2 (2010): 45-65. Art Abstracts (H.W. Wilson). Web. 10 Apr. 2014.

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