1888: Sarah Bernhardt as “The Ocean Empress” Chris August 15, 2012 1800-1899, Famous people 5 CommentsFavourited 604 times Add to favourites 5 Responses Rina Weisman August 15, 2012 Sorry, but this is misidentified. That is not Sarah Bernhardt, the actress. Reply algomeysa August 16, 2012 In the past when I’ve seen this photo, I wondered if it was cosplay of the 1894 John Kendrick Bangs short short “The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall.” http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/WateGhos.shtml Basically, this guy’s family is haunted by this female ghost for generations who, when the male members of this family get to a certain age, comes to them on a winter night and drips water on them til they die of pneumonia. After his grandfather and father perish this way, the 3rd-generation guy gets the idea to wear an insulated diving suit to protect him. He then goes outside into the cold and the water ghost freezes solid. The guy then pays to have the frozen ghost kept at a refrigerated storing facility in perpetuity! Reply Aaron Carine May 6, 2014 Although the first half of “The Water Ghost” is hilarious, the cruelty and probable misogyny of the story has always disturbed me. Reply Karl August 16, 2012 Gosh, I wonder why the great Alfons Mucha didn’t decide to paint promotional posters of Bernhardt in this stellar role.. Reply Kat August 17, 2012 This is not Sarah Bernhardt. The picture is allover the internet with that identifaction but just one look at a picture of Bernhardt makes it clear it can’t be her. Even the Library of Congress makes mistakes. The pic is dated ca. 1880 – here’s a pic of Bernhardt dated 1880: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fichier:SarahBernhardt1880.jpg Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.