Mrs Patrick Campbell (Mrs Pat), legendary 19th-century leading lady, was once the toast of London and New York. Famed for her beauty and wit, muse to George Bernard Shaw, pioneering interpreter of Henrik Ibsen and co-star of Sara Bernhardt, she was the first Eliza Doolittle and a legendary Hedda Gabler. Yet in spite of these towering achievements, in the final year of her life, Mrs Pat faces her greatest challenge. Feeling abandoned by her art and her country and at the mercy of the newly imposed quarantine laws, Mrs Pat and her adored Pekinese Moonbeam find themselves fleeing Paris as the Nazis close in. As they wait through the night for a connecting train at Toulouse Station, Mrs Pat contemplates the highs and lows of a life that has encompassed theatrical superstardom and financial ruin, public plaudits and personal loss. Spirited, uncompromising and demanding, even in her most difficult hour, Mrs Pat remains a tour de force.
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