Sarah Bernhardt was born in Paris France on October 22 1844. She was considered the greatest actress of French theater. She began her acting career in 1862. By the 1870s she was known worldwide. In 1880, she formed her own troupe and toured extensively in Europe, the US and Britain. Bernhardt continued to act after amputation of her right leg in 1915. She was famed for her extraordinary voice, her acting range, and her unconventional life.