Sarah Bernhardt was the premier actress of the French Theater during her lifetime, a lifetime that saw such antics as sleeping in coffins and liaisons with princes. There is a reason newspapers felt comfortable saying she had four children by four men, including a condemned murderer and the Pope.
Sources (Used/Consulted/Read Along the Way)
Sarah: The Life of Sarah Bernhardt by Robert Gottlieb
Madame Sarah by Cornelia Otis Skinner
Maude Adams: Idol of American Theater, 1872-1953 by Armond Fields