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JUDITH, MADAME (née JULIE BERNAT):

French actress; born in Paris Jan. 30, 1827. She began her theatrical career at the Théâtre des Folies-Dramatiques in 1842, where her melodious voice and graceful bearing won her the heart of the public, to whom she was known as "la belle Juive." On Nov. 30, 1846, Julie Bernat Judith made her début, at the Théâtre-Français as Emma in Alexandre Duval's "Fille d'Honneur." In 1851 she married Bernard-Derosne and in 1852 became "Sociétaire of the company. Her chief rôles were: Rosine, in Le Barbier de Séville"; Pénélope, in Ponsard's tragedy "Ulysse"; Laurence Verdier, in Etienne Arago's comedy "Aristocraties"; Mathilde, in Alfred de Musset's "Un Caprice"; Antonia, in "Mensonge et Vérité"; Charlotte Corday, in Ponsard's drama of that name; and Gabrielle, in Théodore Barrière's drama "Lis dans la Vallée." In 1866 she left the stage, and has since resided in Paris, where she, with her husband, Bernard-Derosne, has translated several English novels into French. Julie Bernat Judith is remotely related to the famous actress Rachel Felix.

Bibliography:
  • Larousse, Grand Dictionnaire Universel du XIXe; Siècle;
  • Kayserling, Die Jüdischen Fraven, p. 336.
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