Sarah Bernhardt

Sarah Bernhardt strikes a dramatic pose in front of a door as the Empress Theodora of Byzantium in the play 'Theodora.' The play, by Victorien Sardou, premiered in 1884 with Bernhardt in the title role. This photo was taken by William Downey, probably in 1884. Sarah Bernhardt would have been about 40 years old at the time.

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