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1922. With illustrations. The memoirs of Mrs. Patrick Campbell (Beatrice Stella Cornwallis-West). From Chapter One: My father and my mother, Maria Luigia Giovanna Romanini, fell helplessly in love at their first meeting: my mother could not speak a word of English, and my father not a word of Italian. He was twenty-one, she was seventeen. The marriage caused great excitement in Bombay at the time, my father being the heir of one of the richest Anglo-Indians, my mother the daughter of an Italian political exile. They had six children, three born in India, my two brothers and myself in London. My father, it seems, managed to get through two large fortunes; he was careless with money, exceptionally generous, delighting in business enterprise and speculation.