This Day in Jewish History / 'Mademoiselle Rachel,' a French Drama Queen on and Off Stage, Is Born

Elisa-Rachel Felix, the daughter of French Jewish peddlers, defied society's expectations but won its love and respect regardless.

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February 21, 1821, is the birthday of Elisa-Rachel Felix, who gained international fame as the actress “Mademoiselle Rachel.” As a performer who revived classical French tragedy in an era that favored...