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Sarah Bernhardt
(1844-1923) born on
Oct 22
French actress. She performed throughout Europe and in America and became one of the best-known figures in the history of the stage.
For the theatre one needs long arms; it is better to have them too long than too short. An artiste with short arms can never, never make a fine gesture.

He who is incapable of feeling strong passions, of being shaken by anger, of living in every sense of the word, will never be a good actor . . .
The truth, the absolute truth, is that the chief beauty for the theatre consists in fine bodily proportions.
To be a good actor . . . it is necessary to have a firmly tempered soul, to be surprised at nothing, to resume each minute the laborious task that has barely just been finished.
The monster of advertisement. . . is a sort of octopus with innumerable tentacles. It throws out to right and left, in front and behind, its clammy arms, and gathers in, through its thousand little suckers, all the gossip and slander and praise afloat...
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Memories of My Life," Ch. 6
R: "The Art of the Theatre," ch. 3, l 924.
A: "The Art of the Theatre," ch. 3, l 924.
N: "The Art of the Theatre," ch. 3, l 924.
K: "The Memoirs of Sarah Bernhardt," ch. 7, 1977 edition.

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