[Sarah BERNHARDT]. Marie BESSON. Sarah Bernhardt dans la Dame aux camélias. Peinture sur porcelaine, signée et datée 1886, en bas à droite ; 30 x 20 cm. Amie et élève de Sarah Bernhardt, Marie Besson, peintre sur porcelaine, a réalisé plusieurs portraits de la grande actrice.
Sarah Bernhardt - She appeared in two more pictures after losing a leg in 1915, Jeanne Doré (1915) and Mothers of France (1917), both produced as WWI morale boosters. [When asked, following amputation, whether she would be retiring] "What's a leg?" In 1923, when she was 79, her hotel room was turned into a studio so that she could appear in the film The Clairvoyant (1924). But her failing health halted production and she died before the film was completed.