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Garrick Club, London
Publicity photo for film The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934). Credit: Clarence Bull (Public domain)

Gerald Du Maurier once sent fellow actor Charles Laughton a glowing letter, along with a gift—a first edition of a certain book. The book and letter were never acknowledged, or returned.

While visiting the Garrick Club one evening some time later, Laughton was introduced by another man to Gerald Du Maurier. "Ah yes, Charles Laughton," Du Maurier drily remarked, "a gentleman who can read—but not write."

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