French Actress Postcards of the Belle Epoque

Maria Legault

Marie-Francoise (Maria) Legault 1858-1905, was a Paris actress.

She entered the Conservatoire de Paris in 1872, winning the second prize for comedy in the same year, at fourteen years of age.

She was given a pension by the Comedie-Francaise and the Conservetoire to enable her to continue her studies, and won the first prize for comedy in the following year.

She appeared at the Gymnase, the Palais-Royal, the Vaudeville, the Comedie-Francaise, and at the Theatre Michel in Saint Petersburg.

She created the roles of Roxanne in Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac in 1897, at the Porte-Saint-Martin, and of Marie-Louise in L'Aiglon at the Theatre Sarah Bernhardt in 1900.

This is not a postcard, but an early Bacard Fils cabinet photograph of Marie Legault., appearing at the Palais-Royal

Maria Legault as Marie-Louise in "L'Aiglon"