Sarah Bernhardt skips Downtown, heads for Venice, then Salt Lake City

Los Angeles in the 1900s

Sarah Bernhardt In L.A.

Los Angeles Express, May 19, 1906

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Los Angeles Express, May 19, 1906


Frenchmen and women cordially greeted Sarah Bernhardt when she passed through Los Angeles yesterday on her way to Venice.

Among those who called upon the tragedienne at the pier after she reached Venice were Mr. and Mrs. [Paul?] DeLongpre, Mr. and Mrs. Jacquard-Auclair, Mr. Lacroix and other well-known residents of this city.

Madame Bernhardt was presented with a big bunch of La France roses by one of the delegation.

La divine Sarah’s first view of Venice was a vista of fences and sand, with a glimpse of the ocean in the distance.

It was while her car stood switched back of the Midway Plaisance that the representatives of the Alliance Francaise broke through the cordon of hired retainers which guarded the actress’ private car and were received by her.

The actress greeted her caller in the parlor. She had risen not long before.

“Madame never rises before 2 o’clock and is never visible before 3,” said her press agent.

Almost her first remark was that she felt very tired as the result of her long trip from the north. Speaking of her journey through the United States, she said that she liked this country immensely and that she had seen much to admire here.

Madame Bernhardt spoke of her automobile ride through the ruined streets of San Francisco. The scene of destruction had affected her greatly.

“C’était navrant!” she said.

Sarah Bernhardt as Floria in La Tosca
Los Angeles Express, May 21, 1906

Bernhardt Special Beats Schedule Time

First Train to Race Since Last Winter’s Washout

On a special train and in double-quick time, Sarah Bernhardt made the trip from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City.

The Madame left Los Angeles at 5 o’clock yesterday evening over the Salt Lake road and

reached Salt Lake City at 9 o’clock this morning, her train being the first to make less than schedule time over the route since the Rainbow Canyon storm trouble of last winter.

Cross-dressing Frenchie may have spooked L.A. theater owners

The Venice Historical Society reports on its Web site that:

The reason that [Venice founder Abbot] Kinney was able to obtain the Bernhardt booking in the first place was because the Los Angeles segment of her American tour was canceled.

The L.A. theater district declared a boycott against the famous actress probably because of the stir that the League of Decency created as a result of her crossing-dressing rolls.

La Bernhardt played equally well as a male or female, as it was whispered she did off the stage as well as on it.

Railroad tracks were still in place on the floor of the Pier a year after the Kinney Company hauled rocks from Chatsworth to dump from the end of the wooden structure because a breakwater was needed at the ocean end to protect it from the fury of winter storms.

It was on these tracks that the Frenchwoman's private rail car, loaned by the New York Vanderbilts as a token of esteem, was parked.

Abbot Kinney dined nightly in the luxurious car with the great international star.

The Divine Sarah
as a guy.

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