How do you get yourself ahead? One surefire way for beautiful women has been to partner with a rich, powerful man. Christine Antoinette Charlotte Desmares, lead comedienne in the Comédie-Français, became mistress of Louis de France, heir apparent who died in 1711, and then Phillipe II d'Orléans, future regent for Louis XV. She bore Phillipe a daughter, Philippa Angélique de Froissy, who was legitamized and became comtesse de Ségur. According to her French-language Wikipedia article, she ended her life with the Swiss banker Antoine Hogguer.
She plays Cleopatra or she plays giving Cupid a pearl in this portrait.