by Rachel Kadish

Rachel Felix: Europe’s first real theatrical star 1821-1858

Rachel of the Comedie-Francaise (“La Grande Rachel”), nee Rachel Felix, was an icon of her day, Europe’s first real theatrical star, the Marilyn Monroe/Elizabeth Taylor/Madonna of mid-1800’s France. Plays were written for her, and scores of novels, poems and biographies were written about her. Her affairs with princes and even with an emperor-to-be were well known, and European audiences dreamed of converting this daughter of Jewish peddlers to Catholicism.

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