My Tribute to Elaine Stritch
by Jennifer Kiley
Created Saturday 19th July 2014
February 2, 1925 – July 17, 2014. Age 89.
A Broadway Star.
A Five Time Tony Nominee & Tony Award Winner.
[One Woman Show: Elaine Stritch At Liberty]
A Three Time Emmy Award Winner.
[Elaine Stritch At Liberty, Law & Order, 30 Rock]
When you have a stretch of time, sit down, relax & listen to the Lady Who Lunched. You will not be disappointed. Once I discovered this Lady, I could never get enough. She’s honest. Direct. Truthful. Funny As Hell. Her Soul & Heart were always out there on the stage with her. I am going to miss her presence here on Earth but she left some amazing gifts for us all which will keep her around forever.
She appeared in films, several Woody Allen directed, “September” & “Small Time Crooks.” She did a sit-com for the BBC where she met her husband, John Bay. He died ten years later. She said, “She never found that kind of love again.” She did Stage, Screen, Radio & TV & she did her Cabaret performances. She could do it all. She was almost Dorothy [Bea Arthur] on “The Golden Girls” but she felt she blew the audition.
She made the documentary “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me” during her last year alive. It is available at present on Netflix streaming & also iTunes. I watched all of these yesterday Friday 18th July 2014. I wanted to fill myself up on her presence. Her tears & laughter moved me to tears & laughing out loud in the true sense of the phrase. I highly recommend if you are a fan you will love all of these parts of Elaine Stritch. And if you have never met, it is about time you give her a try. You will truly be delighted. In her Documentary she confronts the issues of her life coming to an end. She felt it. This documentary is so honest & moving. It is pure Elaine Stritch. The way she lived her life, she took to the very end. You feel as though it was her way of saying goodbye. One thing she use to ask of those who directed her, “Are you afraid of me?” She was that kind of powerful & honest. She held nothing back. She was a marvel. Totally Unique. Try to view any & all of this. I promise, it will fill you up & you will feel Elaine Stritch with you all the way.
I am two degrees of separation from Elaine Stritch. I was involved in college with someone Noel Coward was attracted to & worked with in the theatre. I was a great deal younger than all of them but I felt so connected. So One degree from Noel Coward who worked with Elaine Stritch, which makes us Two degrees apart. Her great stories about her relationship with Noel are marvelous.
I had two particular favorite songs Elaine Stritch sang. One, from Stephen Sondheim’s Company, “The Ladies Who Lunch.” The second piece is “I’m Still Here.” She joked she was never old enough to sing this song. Now I wish she were still here to keep on singing it.
Elaine Stritch – Ladies Who Lunch [“Company” by Stephen Sondheim]
Elaine Stritch performs “I’m Still Here” [A Special Performance For President & Mrs. Obama at the White House Posted Sept. 14 2012]
In the last year of her life she decided she would allow herself to have two drinks a day. The following is a short slip from an interview that appeared in the New York Sunday Times Magazine on Feb. 2, 2014:
…Itzkoff: You were completely sober for more than 20 years, but you’ve since allowed yourself to drink again.
Stritch: I’m almost 89. I’m gonna have a drink a day or two. I know how to handle it, so there. I’m proud of the fact that I can handle a couple of drinks.
Itzkoff: That’s not at all dangerous?
Stritch: No. I’m not going to have three drinks, I’m not going to have four. I’m going to have two, and that’s it, folks. I just want to enjoy life and relax a little bit and go out with the rich ladies in Birmingham and enjoy them. And you can’t enjoy them sober…”
Tears fill my eyes with the laughter you create from your honesty
& your direct view of life & shouting it out loud.
Thank you Elaine Stritch for all you Gave to Us. You Will Be Missed.
Rest In Peace Sweet Lady. I do hope the Heaven you believe in
Welcomed You With Open Arms.
❤ ❤ ❤
A True Fan
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