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"I was nearly mobbed by autograph hunters and other fans at Charing Cross station while waiting for a train," George Arliss once recalled. "I did not want to leave the station and miss the train, nor could I seek refuge in a refreshment room. But the left luggage office was just behind me and close to the platform from which I was to start. I turned to the man in charge and demanded the right to book myself as a parcel. I paid my twopence and the man took me over the counter and I was saved. This method of retreat I confidently recommend to other picture stars in railway stations."

[Arliss was the first British actor ever to win an Academy Award.]

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