by Melissa R. Klapper

“A Regular Sarah Bernhardt”

Even Andy Warhol was her fan

Sarah: The Life of Sarah Bernhardt by Robert Gottlieb (Yale University Press, $25.00) is a breezy, somewhat irreverent look at the life of the famous French stage and early film actress. Bernhardt, who debuted in the theaters Paris in the 1870s, invented herself as both an actress and as one of the first world-renowned media celebrities. Along the way she demonstrated not only blazing dramatic talent but also a flair for making money — and as quickly losing it — and a predilection for spectacle in both her professional and personal life.

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