Sarah Bernhardt: The Divine and Dazzling Life of the World's First Superstar

Catherine Reef (Author)


A tantalizing biography for teens on Sarah Bernhardt, the first international celebrity and one of the greatest actors of all time, who lived a highly unconventional, utterly fascinating life. Illustrated with more than sixty-five photos of Bernhardt on stage, in film, and in real life.

Sarah Bernhardt was a French stage actor who became a global superstar in the late nineteenth century--the Lady Gaga of her day--and is still considered to be one of the greatest performers of all time. This fast-paced account of her life, filled with provocative detail, brilliantly follows the transformation of a girl of humble origins, born to a courtesan, into a fabulously talented, wealthy, and beloved icon. Not only was her acting trajectory remarkable, but her personal life was filled with jaw-dropping exploits, and she was extravagantly eccentric, living with a series of exotic animals and sleeping in a coffin. She grew to be deeply admired around the world, despite her unabashed and public promiscuity at a time when convention was king; she slept with each of her leading men and proudly raised a son without a husband. A fascinating and fast-paced deep dive into the world of the divine Sarah. Illustrated with more than sixty-five photos of Bernhardt on stage, in film, and in real life.

Product Details

$18.99  $17.47
Clarion Books
Publish Date
June 16, 2020
6.4 X 0.8 X 9.1 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Catherine Reef is the author of more than forty nonfiction books, including The Brontë Sisters and many other highly acclaimed biographies for young people. She lives in College Park, Maryland. Visit her online at


★ "A captivating biography possessing as much verve as its inimitable subject." --Kirkus, STARRED review

"The easy-to-read text paints a striking picture of 19th and early 20th century Paris....A strong addition to any biography collection." --School Library Journal