|PLAYWRIGHT, THEATRE MANAGER (FRANCE)|
BORN 20 Jan 1876, Paris - DIED 27 Nov 1953, Paris|
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Passy Cimetière, 2 Rue du Commandant Schloesing (division 11)
Henry Bernstein was the son of a Jewish banker. He studied in
Cambridge and inherited his mother´s fortune. As a playwright
he debuted in 1900 with "Le Marché". His comedy "Frère Jacques",
a collaboration with Pierre Véber, established his reputation
and it was performed in the USA. "Après moi" (1911) protested
against antisemitism in France but after its premiere resulted
in riots it was withdrawn. In "Mélo" (1929) he used film techniques.|
He couldn't stand criticism and on 20 May 1938 he fought a duel with the sword against Edouard Bourdet of the Comédie Française. It ended with a slight arm wound for Bourdet.
His "Elvire" (1940) was aimed against the nazis. When the Germans occupied France he fled to the USA where he campaigned against them and the Vichy government. He lived in New York at the Waldorf-Astoria. After the war he returned to Paris where he continued his career. He died there in 1953.
has a connection with Brooks, Romaine
was painted by Manet, Edouard