Sarah Bernhardt in America, 1906

August 23, 2013

Sarah Bernhardt (1845-1923), French tragedienne and theatrical manager, in America, 1906
(photo: unknown, circa 1905)

‘Manager Samuel Gerson, of the Garrick, went out to Davenport and booked Sarah Bernhardt at the new Independent theatre there under very unusual circumstances. The guarantee for one night if $3,000 and seats will be sold at $6 or more. The street railway company owning the system uniting Davenport with several nearby cities, including Rock Island, will build a loop around the theatre especially for the one Bernhardt night and run special cars. As the Theatrical Syndicate controls the bill posting service in Davenport not a sheet of paper will be put up, but the newspapers in the city are luckily not in the hands of the Trust, so they will be used. The theatre is owned by the Turners and has been made a handsome house by the Independents, who have just opened it. There is a great deal of wealth in Davenport, especially among the Germans. They were bound to have Bernhardt, and being free now to go after what they want instead of having to take what they get, it is expected that the future bookings of Davenport will show a wonderful change.’
(The New York Dramatic Mirror, New York, Saturday, 6 January 1906, p.12a)

‘Sarah Bernhardt had gone no farther on her tour of the United States then Washington before she wired her beauty doctor, the small Greek of Parisian education, Cassairato. Madame must have her lotions and her thousand and one intricacies of her toilet, and Cassairato, when she left in new York, must follow. He has gone with her on tour, and with them, playing a small part in the company, is the beauty doctor’s chic young wife, who is a far more successful exponent of his noble profession than the small doctor himself.’
(The New York Dramatic Mirror, New York, Saturday, 20 January 1906, p.2a)

‘Bernhardt’s Tour Extended.
‘Sarah Bernhardt, instead of playing a twenty weeks’ engagement in the United States, as originally planned, has agreed to extend her tour for ten weeks longer, and will play straight to the Pacific Coast before closing her season and returning to France. William F. Connor is now at work mapping out the new route. All arrangements have been made for Madame Bernhardt’s appearance on March 26 in Dallas, Tex., where she is obliged to play in a circus tent. The tent will seat four thousand people. It is to be set up in Cycle Park and will be draped with American and French flags. A huge sounding board will be built over the stage, so that those far away from the footlights may be able to hear well. The railroads will run excursion trains form points within one hundred miles.’
(The New York Dramatic Mirror, New York, Saturday, 17 March 1906, p.9a)

‘Sarah Bernhardt’s Cousin.
‘Maurice Bernhardt, said to be a full cousin of Sarah Bernhardt, is living in a home for aged and infirm Israelites at St. Louis, Mo. He is seventy-five years old and has been in the United States for fifty-four years. He visited his cousin at the Garrick Theatre when she played in St. Louis and had a long talk with her. He is not destitute, but lives in the home because he finds it an agreeable place of residence.’
(The New York Dramatic Mirror, New York, Saturday, 17 March 1906, p.9b)


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