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  1. Abigail Abigail says:

    Cornelia Otis Skinner s marvelous biography of The Divine Sarah held a prominent place on my mother s shelves as a child, and many were the times that I took it down and rifled through it, looking at the photographs and admiring the cover art Finally, the summer I was eight years old, I decided to read it, spurred on partly by my admiration for its physical beauty a book with so lovely a cover could not fail to be interesting, I reasoned , and partly by the fact that my mother liked to call Cornelia Otis Skinner s marvelous biography of The Divine Sarah held a prominent place on my mother s shelves as a child, and many were the times that I took it down and rifled through it, looking at the photographs and admiring the cover art Finally, the summer I was eight years old, I decided to read it, spurred on partly by my admiration for its physical beauty a book with so lovely a cover could not fail to be interesting, I reasoned , and partly by the fact that my mother liked to call me her Little Sarah Bernhardt To the best of my knowledge, it was the first adult book I ever readThe life story of Sarah Bernhardt, a French actress who first gained acclaim in the 1870s, and whose long, varied career and scandalous personal life made her the celebrity par excellence of her day, makes for fascinating reading, and Skinner does justice to her subject For a minister s daughter who grew up without the benefit of television, this was heady material, and I tore through Madame Sarah as if it had been a romance, or an adventure story.This book introduced me, not only to an extraordinary woman, but to the wonders of biography, and for that I am most grateful I have never read any other books devoted to Bernhardt, and cannot therefore comment on the accuracy of Skinner s portrayal but having read Madame Sarah many time over, I can say that I always find it well written and compelling In this age of celebrity gossip, I sometimes think a little wistfully of Madame Sarah, who could teach today s superstars to be scandalous with style


  2. Cindy Cindy says:

    This books is the biography of 19th century French stage actress Sarah Bernhardt My 2nd time through this book, the first time being mid 80s I remembered Sarah a bitfavorably than I see her now Sarah Bernhardt was an amazing woman, in that she accomplished a lot acting, playwriting, sculpting, performed nursing duties during wartime, managing her own theatre company, during a time when women just didn t do those things On that basis alone, I consider her an inspiration She was a This books is the biography of 19th century French stage actress Sarah Bernhardt My 2nd time through this book, the first time being mid 80s I remembered Sarah a bitfavorably than I see her now Sarah Bernhardt was an amazing woman, in that she accomplished a lot acting, playwriting, sculpting, performed nursing duties during wartime, managing her own theatre company, during a time when women just didn t do those things On that basis alone, I consider her an inspiration She was also flighty, demanding, conceited and inconsiderate, but her acting skills got such raves and worship that those things were likely overlooked by her adoring public.Sarah started her life as a bastard child to a woman who scarcely cared whether the child lived or died, until Sarah began acting and making money Sarah was palmed off to various relatives, particularly to a favorite aunt who made sure Sarah was educated and was put on the right road to success From there she was accepted intoandprestigious acting companies, where her exceptional skills were developed Some of hercelebrated roles were in the plays Phedre and Lady of the Camellias She toured the world several times, always performing in French, no matter what country she was in, and was nonetheless considered to be the most successful actress of her time The book itself is not a particularly easy read Author Cornelia Otis Skinner apparently assumes that her readers will be as fluent in French as herself, and therefore notes untranslated quotations from Sarah and her entourage Otherwise, an enjoyable informative book


  3. Andre Andre says:

    I had not heard that Cornelia Otis Skinner had written a biography of the tempestuous French actress Sarah Berbhardt until I ran across this book at a thrift store sale Miss Skinner has an insider s knowledge of and love for the theatre Her father was one of our greatest actors She has had several books turned into plays and movies.A personal story, when my wife, Tepa, sailed from the US in 1960 to join me in Japan, where I was serving in the US Army, she sailed on a US President Lines ship I had not heard that Cornelia Otis Skinner had written a biography of the tempestuous French actress Sarah Berbhardt until I ran across this book at a thrift store sale Miss Skinner has an insider s knowledge of and love for the theatre Her father was one of our greatest actors She has had several books turned into plays and movies.A personal story, when my wife, Tepa, sailed from the US in 1960 to join me in Japan, where I was serving in the US Army, she sailed on a US President Lines ship Sitting at her table was an older lady whom they christened the Pineapple Princess Her name was Cornelia Otis Skinner She was a wonderful story teller and Tepa says she was a joy to travel with


  4. Kathryn Kathryn says:

    First read this when I was in Junior High School, as an aspiring actor, and loved it


  5. Penny Penny says:

    I have this book by my bedside to read a few pages before I go to sleep It s made for such start and stop reading as it is terribly written but full of fun anecdotes It s as if a time machine was combined with Chatroulette and you found yourself paired with a 19th century Parisian gossip columnist, who launches into stories of the actress Sarah Bernhardt and her milieu As with all gossip columnists, she assumes a certain familiarity with the celebrities of the day I ve had to google a few t I have this book by my bedside to read a few pages before I go to sleep It s made for such start and stop reading as it is terribly written but full of fun anecdotes It s as if a time machine was combined with Chatroulette and you found yourself paired with a 19th century Parisian gossip columnist, who launches into stories of the actress Sarah Bernhardt and her milieu As with all gossip columnists, she assumes a certain familiarity with the celebrities of the day I ve had to google a few to get the full bite of the anecdotes Want to know how Sarah got into acting How she accidentally offended the French Emperor with one of her performances Of her days tending the wounded in Paris during the Franco Prussian war, one of whom was the later the World War 1 Commander of French forces, Ferdinand Foch At five pages at a time, this is all very engaging and Skinner s endless cliches and intrusive authorial voice can be borne with philosophy If I had to read this book in one sitting though, Skinner would drive me mad


  6. Sarah Sarah says:

    I pulled this off the shelf at the library when I was 11 12 for the simple reason that my name is Sarah I have been a fan of Sarah Bernhardt since that moment, since the book covers her amazing life beautifully Really, it was a life changing book for me Nope, I did not become an actress, but I do try to incorporate her attitude into everything I do.


  7. Araminta Matthews Araminta Matthews says:

    I just found this on an old shelf I had forgotten about it I think I read this in the seventh grade the year I finished all the circulating books in my local village library and was given a key gasp to the storage unit where all the locked books were They let me buy this one It was worth it Excellent adventure into the life of our most bewitching death mistress Amazing.


  8. Traci Traci says:

    I think I would have been better off with arecently published biography of Sarah Bernhardt Madame Sarah was published in 1966 and it hasn t aged as well as one would hope There lacks a linear quality and by the end I had gotten a bit sick of reading about the same eccentricities over and over I know there must beiteresting things about her.


  9. Cassie Cassie says:

    An interested biography about Sarah Bernhardt, especially since I knew so little regarding her career and life Certain aspects of her less successful career and romantic ventures were glossed over All in all, the book covered the pertinent details and was a fairly quick read.


  10. Ikonopeiston Ikonopeiston says:

    Bernhardt, that is.


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Madame Sarah [Download] ➵ Madame Sarah Author Cornelia Otis Skinner – Thomashillier.co.uk Actress, writer, biographer Cornelia Otis Skinner, known for her wit and worldly perceptions presents the life of Sarah Bernhardt Actress, writer, biographer Cornelia Otis Skinner, known for her wit and worldly perceptions presents the life of Sarah Bernhardt.