New York State Writers Institute - Classic Film Series

Zoe Caldwell as Sarah Bernhardt

SARAH stars modern stage legend and four-time Tony Award winner Zoe Caldwell. Caldwell will talk about her life and work on

Tuesday, October 29, 2002
8:00 p.m.
Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center
UAlbany Uptown Campus
Caldwell is the author of a memoir, I Will Be Cleopatra: An Actress's Journey (2001).
October 25, 2002 (Friday) at 7:30 p.m.
Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue
UAlbany Downtown Campus
(Free and Open to the Public)

(Canadian, 1976, 90 minutes, color, video)
Directed by Waris Hussein
Starring Zoe Caldwell

A made-for-television production, SARAH presents the life of 19th century actress Sarah Bernhardt. Born in Paris in 1844, Bernhardt became the toast of the London stage and the biggest theatre celebrity of the Victorian period. Renowned for her short temper and passionate personality, Bernhardt was as famous for her off-stage romances as for her on-stage roles. Even after one of her legs was amputated in 1915, Bernhardt continued to reign as the queen of the London stage until 1923.

SARAH served as the opener of the critically-acclaimed Canadian Broadcasting Company series, Front Row Centre, a program similar in style and content to Public Television's Masterpiece Theatre. SARAH was directed by Indian-born British filmmaker Waris Hussein, known for such made-for-television biopics as ONASSIS: THE RICHEST MAN IN THE WORLD (1988), and LITTLE GLORIA. . .HAPPY AT LAST (1982), the story of Gloria Vanderbilt.