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My goal was always simply to do good work without having to run about looking for jobs.
In 1944 Abbott was cast in the lead role of Elwood P. Dowd on Broadway in Mary Chase's "Harvey," but argued that the writer was wrong to have the play's imaginary six-foot rabbit visible on stage. He left the production due to "artistic differences." Later, author Chase deferred to his judgment and the show became a hit -- without Abbott.
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