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"When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of Truth and Love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it—always."

- Mahatma Gandhi

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Let's see how you follow that line, Sir

Sir Donald Wolfit was the model for the character of Sir in The Dresser (which Domino produced in 2007. There's a story about a young actor in Wolfit's company who had a lot of ambition but not so much talent. Or at least Wolfit didn't think so, because for many seasons the man was stuck in the role of a messenger in Macbeth who runs on stage and says, "My Lotd, the Queen is dead," and runs off.

The actor kept asking Wolfit for a bigger role, but was refused. Finally, one night he ran onto the stage and shouted: "My Lord, the Queen is much better, and is even now at dinner." And walked off the stage (and presumably, out of Wolfit's troupe).

From Theatrical Anecdotes, by Peter Hay.

Given the Brushoff

One Saturday during the production of his film The Lady from Shanghai, Orson Welles decided a set needed repainting for the following Monday morning. The production manager, Jack Fier, said it was impossible, but Welles gathered a group of friends. They broke into the paint department, painted the set themselves, and left a huge sign hanging over the entrance to the studio: "The only thing we have to fear is Fier himself."

When the official, unionized set painters arrived for work on Monday, they immediately called a strike. Fier had to pay each crew member hefty compensation for the work done by non-union labour. He deducted the money from Welles' fee and had a new banner painted: "All's well that ends Welles."

From Anecdotage

Taking it Calmly

On the night of February 24, 1809, the Drury Lane Theatre caught fire. Richard Brinsley Sheridan was manager of the theatre at the time and also a member of the House of Commons.

A motion was made to adjourn the house, but Sheridan said: "Whatsoever might be the extent of the private calamity, I hope it will not interfere with the public business of the country." He then left the house and walked to Drury Lane.

While he was sitting in the nearby Piazza coffeehouse, a friend approached him and remarked on his calmness. Sheridan answered: "A man may surely be allowed to take a glass of wine by his own fireside."

From The Little, Brown Book of Anecdotes, Clifton Fadiman, general editor.

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