By Virginia Scott
Concentrating on actresses in France throughout the early glossy interval, Virginia Scott examines how the stereotype of the actress has been developed. The examine then strikes past that stereotype to element the truth of the non-public and inventive lives of girls at the French level, from the just about unknown Marie Ferré - who signed a freelance for 12 livres a yr in 1545 to accomplish the 'antiquailles de Rome or different histories, moralities, farces, and acrobatics' within the provinces - to the queens of the eighteenth-century Paris level, whose 'adventures' have overshadowed their creative triumphs. The e-book additionally investigates the ways that actresses made useful contributions to the improvement of the French theatre within the 17th and eighteenth centuries, and appears on the 'afterlives' of such girls as Armande Béjart, Marquise Du Parc, Charlotte Desmares, Adrienne Lecouvreur, and Hippolyte Clairon in biographies, performs, and movies.
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