“They dress up and stare at you when you’re signing the autograph as if you’re some kind of extraordinary god!
In his later years, when asked for his autograph, he would often sign "Dolores Del Rio" instead of his actual name.
Francis enjoyed a very rich easy life growing up because of his father's wealth and the permissiveness of the times.
From the beginning everyone -- and I mean everyone -- loved Francis. If he was so much of a dreamer he did poorly in school, no one minded.
The last thing Pietro wanted in his son was a man of God -- he wanted a man of business, a cloth merchant like he was, and he especially wanted a son who would reflect his infatuation with France.
So he renamed his son Francesco -- which is the equivalent of calling him Frenchman.
In 1956 he took a small role in Bhowani Junction with Ava Gardner, to whom he is said to have given tea at his parents’ modest Yorkshire home.