“Actors and actresses all strive for affection. We get up on a stage because we want to be loved. The stage fulfills this need better than anything else; especially if you’ve found a rapport with an audience and can wrap them up in your arms and hug them close. The irony is that in our terrible need to be loved, we pick an arena where we can also be rejected by the greatest possible number of people. Nothing’s quite so wonderful as those waves of love and applause splashing over the footlights- and nothing quite as shattering as when an audience doesn’t like you.”
Frederic Leighton - Elijah in the Wilderness; Alphonse Mucha - Rose; John Singer-Sargent - Mrs Carl Meyer and her Children; François-Hubert Drouais - Portrait de Femme; François-Hubert Drouais - Madame du Barry; Anton Raphael Mengs - Maria Luisa of Parma; Edgar Degas - The Pink Dancer; Edward Robert Hughes - Juliette Gordon Low; Gustave Jean Jaquet - Portrait of a Lady
Louis XV, dying of smallpox, could not receive absolution for his soul
without first dismissing his mistress Madame du Barry from court. On May 5th, he asked to receive her and,
upon her entrance, according to Besenval, he told her:
Madame, I am very ill. I know what I must do. I do not wish to have a repetition of the scandal that took place at Metz. We must part. Go to Rueil, to the Duc d'Aiguiilon’s chateau; await my orders there, and be assured that I shall always entertain for you the most tender affection.
That same evening, the king asked for Madame to Barry to be brought into his chamber.
“Sire, she has gone,” answered the valet-de-chambre. “Whither has she gone?” “To Rueil, Sire.” “Ah! Already!”
Marie Antoinette, Queen of France Yolande de Polastron, Duchesse de Polignac Elisabeth de France, ‘Madame’ Elisabeth Jeanne Bécu, Comtesse du Barry Marie Thérèse de France, Duchesse d'Angoulême Marie Thérèse de Savoie-Carignan, Princesse de Lamballe