At the end of the nineteenth century, Sarah Bernhardt was the grande dame of French theater and Eleonora Duse her Italian counterpart. The two actresses had contrasting strengths. Bernhardt's acting was glamorous and stylized; she posed prettily and had a self-consciously beautiful voice. Duse's approach was more realistic; she believed she needed to feel an emotion before manifesting it on stage. They were both famous for their portrayals of Marguerite Gautier, the doomed,... More >>>