|Marthe Brandès (real name Marthe-Joséphine Brunswig) was a dramatic actress with a long and successful career in France. Born in Paris, she first appeared at the Comédie-Française in 1887. In 1894, she played opposite George Lelor in Les Cabotins in which role she was drawn by Toulouse-Lautrec. In 1891 she was booed off the stage at the Vaudeville in the title role of Hedda Gabler. Prior to opening, she had quite openly declared her total lack of comprehension or sympathy for character. Even enthusiastic supporters of Ibsen had to admit that her performance was a major setback for the Ibsen cause in France. In the early 1900's she moved to the Renaissance, where she played opposite Lucien Guitry. Between 1908 and 1914 she also appeared the Opéra-Comique, the Gymnase, and the Porte-Sainte-Marie. She retired from the theatre in 1914, and the following year founded L'Abri du Soldat Aveugle, a shelter for the re-education of soldiers who had lost their sight during the war. Her total dedication to her role of President of her charity earned her the Légion d'Honneur.
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