Sarah Bernhardt (1844 - 1923)
Born on October 22, 1844 in Paris, France, Sarah Bernhardt, original name Henriette-Rosine Bernard, by-name the Divine Sarah, was raised by her mother and attended the Paris Conservatoire as a teenager. She was later accepted by the Comédie-Française and eventually found widespread fame acting on stages throughout Europe and America. She starred in some of the most popular French plays of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including "La Dame Aux Camelias" by Alexandre Dumas, fils, "Ruy Blas" by Victor Hugo, "Fédora" and "La Tosca" by Victorien Sardou, and "L'Aiglon" by Edmond Rostand.
When the new medium of film took hold, she was one of the first actors to appear in motion pictures, starring in her first film in 1900. Bernhardt died in 1923, and was honoured posthumously with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.