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"At the first rehearsal of Dame May Whitty's first entrance in The Madras House, Harley Granville-Barker told her, 'From the moment you come on, you must make the audience understand that you live in a small town in the provinces and visit a great deal with the local clergy; you make slippers for the curate and go to dreary tea-parties.' She realised the value of these admonitions. But she was used to working through lines, and the line in this case was: 'How do you do?'"

["I've got everything Betty Grable has," Whitty once remarked, "only I've had it longer."]

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