"at least as far gone as Camille"
La Dame aux Camélias
Public DomainLa Dame aux Camélias - Credit: Alfons Mucha

 Camille or La Dame aux Camélias (Lady of the Camellias) was published in France in 1848. Written by Alexandre Dumas, fils (1824–1895), the novel became hugely popular, spawning plays, ballets, at least 20 films, and even Giuseppe Verdi's opera, La Traviata.

The story includes the famous death-scene of the Lady of the Camellias, Marguerite, which won high praise for actress Greta Garbo in the 1937 film remake.