Bernhardt played the role for 29 consecutive sold-out performances. She hurried to his bedside and nursed him until he died on 18 August 1889, at the age of 34. Audiences were often in tears during her famous death scene at the end. In June 1879, while the theater of the Comédie Française in Paris was being remodeled, Perrin took the company on tour to London. At the end of the American tour they had a dispute and he remained in the United States while she returned to France.  Morny arranged for her to attend her first theater performance at the Comédie Française in a party which included her mother, Morny, and his friend Alexandre Dumas père. Victor Hugo loved her, both on stage and in the boudoir. That which is called the work, in our art, should only be the search for the truth. This relationship was so close, the two women were rumored to be lovers. Another actress present at the event, Beatrix Dussanne, described her performance: "The miracle again took place; Sarah, old, mutilated, once more illuminated a crowd by the rays of her genius. She wrote immediately to Perrin, "You forced me to play when I was not ready... what I foresaw came to pass... this is my first failure at the Comédie and my last." Furthermore, the parts assigned for her performance were classical and required carefully stylized emotions, while she preferred romanticism and fully and naturally expressing her emotions. Bernhardt wrote that she was "confused, sorry, and delighted—because he loved me the way people love in plays at the theater. Interesting chair. It is easy for me to imagine that she has no need to be any different on the street than she is on the stage! The Duke's stage mother, Marie-Louise of Austria, was played by Maria Legault, an actress 14 years younger than Berhnardt.  The following day, 30,000 people attended her funeral to pay their respects, and an enormous crowd followed her casket from the Church of Saint-Francoise-de-Sales to Pere Lachaise Cemetery, pausing for a moment of silence outside her theater. , Between 1904 and 1906, she appeared in a wide range of parts, including in Francesca di Rimini by Francis Marion Crawford, the role of Fanny in Sappho by Alphonse Daudet, the magician Circe in a play by Charles Richet, the part of Marie Antoinette in the historic drama Varennes by Lavedan and Lenôtre, the part of the prince-poet Landry in a version of Sleeping Beauty by Richepin and Henri Cain, and a new version of the play Pelléas and Mélisande by symbolist poet Maurice Maeterlinck, in which she played the male role of Pelléas with the British actress Mrs Patrick Campbell as Melissande. Bernhardt refused to pay, and threatened to resign from the Comédie. According to some later accounts, she attended a masked ball in Brussels where she met the Belgian aristocrat Henri, Hereditary Prince de Ligne, and had an affair with him. Her mother was a courtesan for the well-to-do, and trained her daughter in the art of alluring men for a living. Sarah Bernhardt seemed to understand that ubiquity enhanced celebrity. , In 1868, a fire completely destroyed her apartment, along with all of her belongings. Bernhardt wrote memoirs, but theyre largely discounted as works of fantasy.  Richepin then wrote an adaptation of Macbeth in French, with Bernhardt as Lady Macbeth, but it was also a failure. She played the role more than a thousand times, and acted regularly and successfully in it until the end of her life. ", She formally returned to the Comédie Francaise on 1 October 1872, and quickly took on some of the most famous and demanding roles in French theater. She played 19-year-old Joan of Arc when she was 46. Sarah Bernhardt. , In the weeks before her death in 1923, she was preparing to make another motion picture from her own home, La Voyante, directed by Sacha Guitry. All that remains is the original old fort, and a seat cut into the rock where Bernhardt awaited the boat that took her to the mainland. But they share an unexpected link to her past, and one that may tear their burgeoning romance apart forever. But her failing health halted production and she died before the film was completed. , In 1859, Bernhardt learned that her father had died overseas. She posed for many artists, ensuring that her image would be seen all around the world in paintings, sculptures, photographs, and graphic designs, like Alphonse Mucha’s famous Art Nouveau posters. She returned to Paris, where she found that her mother was better, but that she herself was pregnant from her affair with the Prince. She accepted immediately. She carried a trunk for her perfumes, cosmetics and makeup, and another for her sheets and tablecloths and her five pillows. , In 1898, she performed the female lead in the controversial play La Ville Morte by the Italian poet and playwright Gabriele D'Annunzio; the play was fiercely attacked by critics because of its theme of incest between brother and sister. When she returned to Paris several weeks later, the city was under the rule of the Paris Commune. The film has been lost. , Now on her own, Bernhardt first assembled and tried out her new troupe at the Théâtre de la Gaîté-Lyrique in Paris. The interior was lavish, each bedroom styled in its own theme–Hindu, Pompeii, Japanese, Moorish, Louis XVI–at a cost rumored to be 1.7 million francs. , She maintained a highly theatrical lifestyle in her house on the rue de Rome. It also carried an actor named Édouard Angelo whom she had selected to serve as her leading man, and, according to most accounts, her lover during the tour.