Even After Car Accident, Actress Delivers Smashing Performance – LA Times

The great tragedienne Sarah Bernhardt was one of the first celebrities to be injured in a car crash in L.A. It was 1913, and the taxi was rushing to get her to the Orpheum before showtime.

by Steve Harvey, LA Times

French actress Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) is remembered as the greatest tragedienne of her day, but she also occupies an unfortunate place in the car culture of Los Angeles.

Bernhardt was one of the first celebrities to be injured in an automobile accident in the City of Angels.

The mishap occurred on the evening of March 12, 1913, at the intersection of Washington and Crenshaw boulevards, while she was being driven in a taxi to the downtown Orpheum Theatre to appear in “La Tosca.”

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