Sarah Bernhardt: The Divine Sarah in Vaudeville by David Soren

Mark Twain once famously said that there were five kinds of actresses- bad, fair, good, great and Sarah Bernhardt. Sarah was born to a family of modest income in Paris, October 22, 1844. Her Dutch mother was only 16 when she gave birth to Sarah and early in her life studied to be a nun in a convent in Versailles but her love of the theater led her to study acting at the Paris Conservatoire, the most prestigious such school in France.