The life of publishing magnate and cinema mogul, Angelo Rizzoli, reads like the story in the melodramas regularly found in the magazines he published. Rizzoli was born in Milan on October 31, 1889, to an impoverished family. Despite their circumstances, however, his family lived in one of the most affluent areas of the city. Overwhelmed by misery, his father committed suicide, leading Rizzoli, a poor boy who had grown up amongst rich children at school, to describe his happiest moment as the day when, at six years old, he was taken into the care of the Martinitt boys' orphanage in Milan. He commented that once he was there with the other orphans, he felt that he was finally ‘the same as all the rest.'