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By Bartee Haile


Sarah Bernhardt’s special train rolled into Dallas on Jan. 24, 1892 for the first of four Texas stops on her “Grand World Tour.” Texans flocked to see the famous French actress, but those that missed the golden opportunity would get a second chance.

After her initial trek across the United States in 1880, the internationally acclaimed “Divine Sarah” regularly returned for profitable encores over the next 37 years. Even more than the sensation her dazzling presence always created, Bernhardt relished the impressive box office receipts. Whenever the “Pride of Paris” ran short of cash, she could count on adoring Americans to help her get back on her dainty feet.

The Lone Star State finally appeared on the Bernhardt itinerary during a two-year marathon billed as her “Grand World Tour.” Showing incredible stamina, she appeared in 170 cities, including 1892 dates in Dallas, Fort Worth, Galveston and Houston.



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