Sarah Bernhardt The Invention of Celebrity

Even at the young age of 20 Bernhardt was already becoming the master génie de la réclame and was perfecting her greatest role – the role of Sarah Bernhardt...

"Genie de la reclame" means "self-promoter," in so many words. So what's being explained is that this chick, in 1865, was the equivalent of Madonna.

Posted by Rob De Witt at September 29, 2015 4:13 PM

What a lovely woman. The top photo is absolutely timeless.

Posted by Deborah HH at September 29, 2015 7:07 PM

Outrageous slut, perfect role model for today's entry level hoes.

Posted by ghostsniper at September 30, 2015 8:51 AM

Flamboyant whore. Whoopteedoo.

Posted by pbird at September 30, 2015 10:14 AM

Courtesan, fellas, courtesan. Apparently raised to the role by her mother.

Posted by chuck at September 30, 2015 3:37 PM

Maybe equivalent to today's Madonna, but I would say more like Lady Gaga, but even more so.

Posted by Grizzly at September 30, 2015 4:16 PM

I think Rob De Witt nailed it....modern day Madonna. Nothing for our daughters to aspire to.

Posted by Snakepit Kansas at September 30, 2015 7:00 PM

My father told me "Son, never lay down with a woman that has more troubles than you".

So, that takes care of that.

Posted by chasmatic at September 30, 2015 9:55 PM

A strong-minded woman.

Posted by OdinsAcolyte at October 1, 2015 1:45 PM