Campbell, Mrs. Patrick

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Campbell, Mrs. Patrick,

1865–1940, English actress, whose maiden name was Beatrice Stella Tanner. Remembered today for her association with G. B. Shaw, she was an actress of great beauty and wit. She made her debut in 1888 but achieved her first London success in 1893 in the title role of Pinero's Second Mrs. Tanqueray. In 1901 she made the first of her numerous tours to the United States; in 1912 she met Shaw at whose request she originated the role of Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion.


See her My Life and Some Letters (1922, repr. 1969) and her correspondence with Shaw (ed. by Alan Dent, 1952). J. Kilty's play Dear Liar (1960) is based on the Campbell-Shaw correspondence.

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