"The most lasting and pure gladness comes to me from my gardens."
In 1878, Lillie Langtry was presented at Court to Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom and Empress of India (1819-1901). In April 1879, Lillie Langtry started an affair with Prince Louis of Battenberg. In June 1880, she became pregnant and retired to Paris. Lillie Langtry gave birth to a daughter, Jeanne Marie on 8 March 1881. At the suggestion of Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), she embarked upon a stage career. In December 1881, she made her debut in She Stoops to Conquer, at the Haymarket Theatre, in London. According to Lillie Langtry; "On one night of my debut the Prince of Wales, the Princess, and the duchess of London came to see me. They loved me for what I was and what I gave them." And; "My agent tells me I am drawing the largest salary ever paid in the halls of England. Wonderful, isn't it? for a quiet, rural gardener like myself."
"Sympathy is charming, but it does not make up for pain."
In the autumn of 1882, she made her first tour of America. In 1888, she purchased a winery in Lake County, California.
"No person in the world ever lost anything by being nice to me."
In 1890, Langtry appeared as Cleopatra in Anthony and Cleopatra, at the Princes Theatre. In 1897, Lillie Langtry became an American citizen.
"It was so kind of you to mention that I don't wear stays. What's the point? If you squeeze it in at one point, it only comes out at the other."
Lillie Langtry married Hugo Gerald de Bathe in 1899. Her daughter, Jeanne Marie married Sir Ian Malcolm in 1902. They had four children. Lillie Langtry said; "I am a grandmother now, and that means age is creeping on, creeping on." In 1903, she starred in The Crossways, in America. In 1906, she sold the winery in California. In 1925, she published her memoirs, The Days I Knew. According to Lillie Langtry; "Anyone's life truly lived consists of work, sunshine, exercise, soap, plenty of fresh air, and a happy contented spirit." She continued; "I am happy as happiness goes, for a woman who has so many memories and who lives the lonely life of an actress." And; "Anyone who limits her vision to memories of yesterday is already dead." Lillie Langtry died aged 75, on 12 February 1929, in Monaco. She was buried in the graveyard of St. Saviour's Church, in Jersey.
"I do not regret one moment of my life." Lillie Langtry
Source: The Days I Knew by Lillie Langtry.