Mrs Patrick Campbell
Mrs Patrick Campbell (9 February 1865 – 9 April 1940) was a British stage actress.
Campbell was born Beatrice Stella Tanner in Kensington
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, London
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, to John Tanner and Maria Luigia Giovanna, daughter of Count Angelo Romanini. She studied for a short time at the Guildhall School of Music.

Her first marriage, from which she took the name by which she is generally known, produced two children, Alan Urquhart ('Beo') and Stella, and ended with the death of her first husband in the Boer War
Second Boer War
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 in 1900.

Fourteen years later, Campbell became the second wife of George Cornwallis-West
George Cornwallis-West
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, a dashing writer and soldier
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 previously married to Jennie Jerome, the mother of Sir Winston Churchill
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Already well-known as an amateur, Campbell made her professional stage debut in 1888 at the Alexandra Theatre
Alexandra Theatre
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, Liverpool
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, four years after her marriage to Patrick Campbell.

Oh dear me — it's too late to do anything but accept you and love you — but when you were quite a little boy, somebody ought to have said "hush" just once!

Letter to George Bernard Shaw (1 November 1912) published in Bernard Shaw and Mrs. Patrick Campbell (1952), p. 52; this was later used in the play Dear Liar : A Biography in Two Acts (1960) by Jerome Kilty, an adaptation of the correspondence between Shaw and Campbell.

The deep, deep peace of the double-bed after the hurly-burly of the chaise-lounge.

Quoted in Alexander Woollcott, “The First Mrs. Tanqueray,” While Rome Burns (1934)

She has such pretty little eyes — And they're so close together!

Comment about actress Norma Shearer|Norma Shearer, quoted in They Had Faces Then: Super Stars, Stars, and Starlets Of The 1930's (1974) by John Shipman Springer and, Jack D. Hamilton, p. 54