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Lilian Baylis, c. 1920 (CC0)

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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