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Quotation by Dame Sybil Thorndike
We don't want bores in the theatre. We don't want standardised acting, standard actors with standard-shaped legs. Acting needs everybody, cripples, dwarfs and people with noses so long. Give us something that is different.
Dame Sybil Thorndike (1882–1976), British actor. As quoted in Dame Edith Evans, ch. 14, by Bryan Forbes (1977).
In a speech to the annual actors' Equity meeting in 1951. She was opposing "regulated entry" into the acting profession.
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