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Theater Mgr Lilian Baylis Discourages Romance
The famed theater manager Lilian Baylis vehemently discouraged romances between performers in her companies. When a young actor and actress visited her office hand in hand one day, Baylis ignored them for some time before looking up from her desk. "Well," she finally asked, "what is it?" "We're in love, Miss Baylis," the actor tentatively began, "and we—ah—want to get married." "Go away," Baylis barked. "I haven't got time to listen to gossip!"
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The Old Vic
If It Ain't Miss Lilian Baylis Of The Old Vic
One day, elated by her acquisition of the ballet and opera house Sadler's Wells, theatrical producer Lilian Baylis crossed the street outside the Old Vic without looking and was knocked down by a passing cab. "Blimey!" exclaimed an old gentleman who rushed to her aid, "if it ain't Miss Lilian Baylis of the Old Vic!" Baylis slowly raised her head and announced, "And Sadler's Wells, too!"—before lapsing into unconsciousness. * The street was later named Baylis Road in Lilian's honor. ["The most economical form of makeup ever used by actors was known in England as 'Sadler's Wells makeup,'" Isaac Asimov writes in his Book of Facts. "All the actor needed for this makeup was a couple of empty tobacco tins into ...
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Lilian Baylis Seeks Divine Assistance
Lilian Baylis's theatrical ventures were frequently beset by financial difficulties—for which she occasionally sought divine assistance. "O Lord," Baylis was once overheard praying, "send me a good tenor—cheap!"