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Perhaps the most famous actress of all time, Sarah Bernhardt is regarded as one of the finest actors of the 19th century, appearing on the stage and in some of the earliest films ever produced.
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Having already written her memoir (My Double Life, 1907), Bernhardt wrote The Art of the Theater (1923) and published a novel (Petite Idole, 1920) in her later years. Bernhardt died in 1923 while La Voyante ("The Clairvoyant") was being filmed in her Paris home.
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