This Day in Jewish History Sarah Bernhardt, Mother of All Drama Queens, Is Born

The French-Jewish actress who used to sleep in a coffin (because it helped her prepare for tragic roles) was virtually the world's first international celebrity.

October 22 (or 23), 1844, is the birthdate of Sarah Bernhardt, the outstanding French actress who was ahead of herself in almost every way, including perhaps in being the world’s first international celebrity, whose expertise at self-promotion was only equaled by the artistic talent she had to promote.