Sarah Bernhardt

 

Long before the paparazzi enticing publicity stunts and outrageous fashion statements of Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and other Hollywood celebrities, there was the first female actress to really vault to global fame at the end of the 19th century. She went on tour with a pet alligator called “Ali-Gaga” and frequently slept in a coffin. She acted in many plays in France, as well as touring in the USA, provoking outrage in New York when she performed in a play about Mary Magdalene’s alleged risqué liaisons with Pontius Pilate, Judas and Jesus – and …

Sarah Bernhardt was well known amongst all the artists of the day, enjoyed the company of many famous friends, and could hold her own with many of the luminaries of the era. When Oscar Wilde visited with “The Divine Sarah”, as she was known, he asked “Do you mind if I smoke?” to which she retorted, “I don’t care if you burn!”

An unique woman, truly an original; and the classic peony is deservingly named after her. Lady Gaga should be so lucky.

 

Peony Sarah Bernhardt

 

Paeonia “Sarah Bernhardt” is now in season. It is an enduring classic with a stunning inflorescence that is truly magnificent as the copious amount of rich pink petals unfurl. This flower is a top performer by any measure, with a reliable and long vase life and a hot commodity for the wedding season.

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