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NYTimes confirms Stritch drinking again!

JUST like I read here on DL months ago! She's leaving NYC to go to Michigan to drink in peace. Let's see, she's 88, a diabetic, and an alcoholic who's boozing again. She'll be dead by Christmas.

by Anonymousreply 18309/26/2013

I was at Sardi's the night they threw a drunken Elaine out..

by Anonymousreply 104/21/2013

Who cares, shes almost 90. Let her do whatever she wants..

by Anonymousreply 204/21/2013

Maybe she's got a bad medical diagnosis which has caused her to go home and on a high even if it means falling off the wagon?

by Anonymousreply 304/21/2013

go home to who?

by Anonymousreply 404/21/2013

Wow, OP, you're a fucking treasure.

by Anonymousreply 504/21/2013

I knew this would happen. But it's probably for the best. She can't live by herself in NYC anymore, but no way is she going to go gently into that good night--in Michigan, of all places. She's far too big a snob and far too self-important for that.

by Anonymousreply 604/21/2013

She can come live with me!

by Anonymousreply 704/21/2013

Will they bring her back to NYC for the funeral? Will there be a viewing at Campbells?

by Anonymousreply 804/21/2013

I'm surprised she didn't choose to spend her final years in London. She lived in the Savoy Hotel.

by Anonymousreply 904/21/2013

[quote]Wow, OP, you're a fucking treasure.

Thanks! I imagine you missed the part where she made a second career blabbing all about her "sobriety", or maybe you are the one pouring her drinks? It won't be a crib death, sure, but it's too bad. There's nothing more pathetic than elderly drunks. Unless it's elderly drunks pretending that you can drink every day, and still be sober!

by Anonymousreply 1004/21/2013

Where is this "confirmation," then? Link, please. How and why would the NYT "confirm" such a thing unless there was something more newsworthy about it? I mean, the Times might have seen better days but it is still a step above TMZ or the Enquirer.

by Anonymousreply 1104/21/2013

[quote] I imagine you missed the part where she made a second career blabbing all about her "sobriety".

No, toots, I didn't miss it.

I'm not clutching my pearls because you said she fell off the wagon. It was the "She'll be dead by Christmas" part that, you know, gave me the warm fuzzies. If only we had a Hallmark card for such warm sentiments.

by Anonymousreply 1204/21/2013

R11 Here's the quote to which OP is probably referring

[quote] Ms. Stritch said in her Tuesday show at the Carlyle that she had half a Cosmopolitan before going on. But when asked about it later, she snapped, “It’s none of your business,” then added, “I don’t drink anymore.”

Not a flattering article at all. Link below.

by Anonymousreply 1304/21/2013

I didn't mean to imply The Times had instituted a gossip column. Here's the link to the story I am referring to.

Google is your friend!

by Anonymousreply 1404/21/2013

[quote]I'm not clutching my pearls because you said she fell off the wagon. It was the "She'll be dead by Christmas" part that, you know, gave me the warm fuzzies. If only we had a Hallmark card for such warm sentiments.

"Falling off the wagon" is hardly accurate, but thanks for the false equivalence. Perhaps you missed the "Gay Gossip, News, and Pointless Bitchery" thingy, my precious delicate flower! The occasional "Celebrity Death Pool" is a DataLounge tradition, so please, unclutch!

by Anonymousreply 1504/21/2013

I like Stritch but I hate someone getting a free pass for being a bitch offstage because they're 'a character.'

by Anonymousreply 1604/21/2013

That's always been my problem with her, too r16. It's one thing to be a 'character' and another being an obnoxious, rude bitch. Being a 'survivor' shouldn't give you a pass to be a cunt. She's a memorable actress, but NOT one of the greats like Merman.

She needed more people to tell her to go fuck herself.

by Anonymousreply 1704/22/2013

She's never stopped "bending her elbow."

by Anonymousreply 1804/22/2013

R5/R12 = 50+ year old alcoholic who thinks his binges are just frat boy antics.

by Anonymousreply 1904/22/2013


by Anonymousreply 2004/22/2013

She's been an old fucking drunk has-been for my entire life, and I'm in my 50s.

Who cares about the sobriety/non-sobriety of a 90-year-old (unless she's behind the wheel of a car)?

by Anonymousreply 2104/22/2013

One legend in tribute to another:

by Anonymousreply 2204/22/2013

Never got the Stritch adulation. I saw that PBS documentary as a kid about the recording of the "Company" cast album and I knew she was a handful, holding up production for one song. Guess it's all tied into the insane Sondheim adulation.

by Anonymousreply 2304/22/2013

Her family in Birmingham, MI, R4. Nieces and nephews, as I understand.

by Anonymousreply 2404/22/2013

Won't someone PLEASE SHIT in my MOUTH??

by Anonymousreply 2504/22/2013

Even in her younger days, she couldn't sing on pitch.

by Anonymousreply 2604/22/2013

Was she a lesbian? She was good friends with Liz Smith in the 50s.

by Anonymousreply 2704/22/2013

R23, I always felt the same. As a kid, I watched that and thought "Boy, all that attention to someone who is not even really SINGING." It was just stylized "yelling." And I wondered why she was famous. I think she just outlasted, out "divaed" and out shouted many of her contemporaries to become this "grande dame" of Broadway or something. She collected her stories from years of trodding the boards and simply being "around." Not that she has NO talent, of course, but I think she is as famous just for being a survivor, a cantankerous old broad as anything else.

As they said about Lina Lamont in Singin' In the Rain, "Can't act, can't dance and can't sing. A triple threat!" LOL

by Anonymousreply 2804/22/2013

She allows herself one drink a day.

And on Planet Stritch a day is only one hour long, you know.

by Anonymousreply 2904/22/2013

I'll drink to that.

by Anonymousreply 3004/22/2013

R24 is right. Way back when, her original home was in a very posh area of Detroit (yes, not an oxymoron) and Grosse Pointe. She comes back often. I know some of her family. I live in Birmingham. It is an even wealthier area on the north side of town. She'll be very happy here.

by Anonymousreply 3104/22/2013

[quote]I saw that PBS documentary as a kid about the recording of the "Company" cast album and I knew she was a handful, holding up production for one song.

There's no doubt that Stritch can be a miserable cunt, but in this instance, I don't think it was her fault. They waited to record her song until 4 AM. She was no spring chicken, and even in her youth she was a character singer, not a technically proficient singer. It was a mistake for Sondheim and Co. to leave her number until the end. It's a vocally demanding song, and at 4 AM, it was too much for Stritch. Plus it was being filmed -- she was embarrassed that she couldn't do it.

by Anonymousreply 3204/22/2013

If you saw her show a few years ago, or if you ever saw her on B'way you would get it instantly. She is, or was, brilliant. I saw the original cast of Company too- and while I remember her very well- funny- I think I was a bit young to appreciate the wit in the show. Anyway Stritch is funnier than hell, can deliver a serious ballad better than most people with good voices- and a comedy song or piece perhaps better than anyone except one of two ever. She really is that good. There is no doubt of her talent.

But she is difficult and it seems, mean. And I think it is sad if she is drinking again. Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic. It also looks like it may be a bad landing for an old lady- I hope not and my guess is that neices and nephews are not going to give her special treatment due to being a B'way star- but will take care of her as good family does. God it can be difficult to grow old and then very old and lose your marbles, your health, sanity and life. I sure hope I go quickly when I get there. I am watching and doing my best to support the long parallel declines of my 88 and 92 year old parents (closer to 89 and 93). One with Alzheimers and the other with his body falling appart around a still sharp mind.

by Anonymousreply 3304/22/2013

I always thought Leaving Las Vegas would have been much better with Stritch than with Nicholas Cage. Apparently, she did to, as she's now about to play it in Michigan.

by Anonymousreply 3404/22/2013

Just gimme a drink and raise the GODDAMN CUE CARDS!

by Anonymousreply 3504/22/2013

I remember watching The Company on PBS. Sondheim was a taskmaster. Stritch was having a meltdown. But she eventually nailed it.

by Anonymousreply 3604/22/2013

Wisconsin is especially nice this time of year. As is Ohio. Or most anywhere else but here.

by Anonymousreply 3704/23/2013

And Ryan Hunter Herdlicker or whatever the fuck his name is is her boy toy-escort-minder-helper and God-knows-what-else -- probably as close to Broadway stardom as he will get. I don't know which of the two of them creeps me out more in that scenario.

by Anonymousreply 3804/23/2013

It's unreal to see the way people genuflect before this old drunk.

by Anonymousreply 3904/23/2013

R36, why did you call it "The Company?" LOL. That makes no sense. It was the recording of the cast album for Company. Company is one word. Sondheim's musical is called Company.

by Anonymousreply 4004/23/2013

Very few people who have worked with Elaine would characterize it as a positive experience. Although the Carlyle gigs recast her as a sort of urban sophisticate she is actually kind of uneducated. For what it is worth she has been off the wagon for while now.

by Anonymousreply 4104/23/2013

HBO recorded the entire One Woman Show "At Liberty" and it was deemed unairable so they tried to salvage it with the documentary.

She's one of those Broadway fag hags who has no hetero appeal but it seems even the gays can't stand her.

by Anonymousreply 4204/23/2013

Boy, if there's one thing that skinflint harridan could achieve it's cleaning up Birmingham's next-door neighbor, Detroit. I can see her giving that cesspool a dressing down. As long as it doesn't cost her anything. And as long as she actually departs NYC. It's only 2 days away now. We shall see....

by Anonymousreply 4304/23/2013

[quote]HBO recorded the entire One Woman Show "At Liberty" and it was deemed unairable

I hadn't heard that? Why was it considered unairable?

by Anonymousreply 4404/23/2013

At Liberty was filmed and released on DVD, in its complete form. Not sure what R42 is talking about.

by Anonymousreply 4504/23/2013

And someone's selling a used copy for $275. WHAT THE FUCK, WORLD?

by Anonymousreply 4604/23/2013

R42 means that the video of her live show was not good enough to air on HBO. Selling it on DVD is another matter altogether.

by Anonymousreply 4704/23/2013

R40 whatever it was called, it was Sondheim so it was earnest crap.

by Anonymousreply 4804/23/2013

The crews of Law & Order and 30 Rock absolutely loathed her. She was unrelentingly cunty to production assistants, wardrobe, make-up, props, etc. Dick Wolf even made a brief speech to the crew the day after she wrapped that he'd never hire her again.

by Anonymousreply 4904/23/2013

The cast and crew of Hal Prince's SHOW BOAT loathed her.

by Anonymousreply 5004/23/2013

[quote]why did you call it "The Company?" LOL. That makes no sense. It was the recording of the cast album for Company. Company is one word. Sondheim's musical is called Company.

That's nohting. For years I called the show at Lincoln Center The Brain instead of A New Brain.

Maryan n

by Anonymousreply 5104/23/2013

Goll-ee. Everyone's so hard on this iconic cow. Even the management of the Caryle. I wonder if they'll have a hard time getting her out on the 25th?

by Anonymousreply 5204/23/2013

The commenter on this awful/great video puts it best

[quote] She's not even strictly good. Just compelling

by Anonymousreply 5304/23/2013

Can you just imagine the dread of the nieces and nephews in Birmingham, Michigan that Auntie Elaine is coming to stay?

by Anonymousreply 5404/23/2013

Story on Stritch at the Tribeca Film Festival. The festival is showing the Stritch documentary Just Shoot Me. Sounds like a lot of people would love to do just that.

by Anonymousreply 5504/23/2013

I heard the backstage crews at Lincoln Center and The Public loathed her, too.

She was notorious for buying tons of makeup and hair products at Saks and Bergdorf's and charging the stuff to the theaters.

by Anonymousreply 5604/23/2013

Eldercare would have to be a lot more affordable in metro Detroit than in New York City.

There's no need for Stritchie to take on Detroit now that Governor Snyder and his "emergency financial manager" have taken over. The poors will be forcibly removed and the pathetic husks of the old middle-class homes that used to house auto workers will be bulldozed so the land can be auctioned off to speculators and developers, who will probably either just sit on it or litter the landscape with dilapidated eyesores like Matty Mouroun's never-finished bridge to Canada.

by Anonymousreply 5704/23/2013

Here's to the ladies who lunch....

by Anonymousreply 5804/23/2013

No, here's to the bitches who rant...

by Anonymousreply 5904/23/2013

she outed James Gandolfini as an alcoholic

by Anonymousreply 6004/23/2013

Link for James Gandolfini outing, please.

I wonder if Stritchie is iller than she's letting on?

by Anonymousreply 6104/23/2013

Shoot Me Tribeca Film Festival premiere interview. HA!

by Anonymousreply 6204/24/2013

Difficult woman.

by Anonymousreply 6304/24/2013

"In the theater the meek shall not inherit the earth." Elia Kazan

by Anonymousreply 6404/24/2013

The doc is terrific, it'll get great reviews. Hilarious and poignant. And at a screening, her music director said she was packing up and moving this week.

by Anonymousreply 6504/24/2013

[quote]I wonder if Stritchie is iller than she's letting on?

She's an 88 year old Diabetic/Alcoholic. How healthy do you think she is?

by Anonymousreply 6604/24/2013

"Hey Guys. Tomorrow's her last day.Yay"

by Anonymousreply 6704/24/2013

Christ, the staff at The Carlyle must be planning a celebration. I'd love to see their faces as Elaine straggles out (complaining) for the last time. Can somebody sit vigil there tomorrow and get the scoop?

I wonder if Hunter Ryan Herdlicker is escorting her to Michigan? I imagine she's taking Amtrak, because Elaine is deathly afraid of flying. That is apparently the reason she started nipping at the sauce again....or it was at least the story THAT day!

by Anonymousreply 6804/24/2013

I heard she pooped in Christine Ebersole's purse and then asked her if she had change for a twenty. Laughed so hard a piece of her lung came up.

by Anonymousreply 6904/24/2013

The real reason Dean Jones quit Company a week after it opened was that Stritch arranged to have a male exotic dancer deliver a singing strip-o-gram to Jones at a celebratory gathering of his deeply religious extended family.

by Anonymousreply 7004/24/2013

She's a bigger bitch than I am. Even I wouldn't work with her. She drank all the Helenesque Body Splash and never said thanks.

by Anonymousreply 7104/25/2013

Anyone have any idea what she was paying for that Carlyle abode?

by Anonymousreply 7204/25/2013

Did anyone bother to tell her that checkout time was noon?

by Anonymousreply 7304/25/2013

I heard that she lived there rent free in exchange for appearing in their lounge.

by Anonymousreply 7404/25/2013

r70, DID she have anything to do with Dean Jones leaving Company? He was fantastic on the cast album. I always thought he left because his marriage was falling apart and the show was torture for him because it sort of WAS his life at the time.

by Anonymousreply 7504/25/2013

Elaine claims she broke up his marriage. Her allure was too much for Jones so he left the show. But it was too late.

by Anonymousreply 7604/25/2013

[quote]I heard that she lived there rent free in exchange for appearing in their lounge.

I find that difficult to believe. Elaine has done perhaps four sets of cabaret dates at The Carlyle over a decade, and the place holds, what, 100 people? You think it's worth it for them to give her a suite that probably goes for 10 grand a month, plus putting up with all her bullshit? I doubt that. I'm sure Elaine figured she'd die at The Carlyle, and is quite shocked she's lived this long.

by Anonymousreply 7704/25/2013

I don't understand how she could afford to live at the Carlyle in the first place. I would think it would take serious film or TV (like, leading roles in films or series regular on TV) money to afford that.

by Anonymousreply 7804/25/2013

We can handle Stritch no problem, NYC just has no sense of humor.

by Anonymousreply 7904/25/2013

Very true r78. How does an old broad like her pay the (very high Manhattan) bills. See was never in anything I can think of that would have made her even slightly wealthy. Residuals from Two's Company aren't going to cut it.

by Anonymousreply 8004/25/2013

I would guess she has benefactors who quietly finance her. We'll find out who they were if she ever dies.

by Anonymousreply 8104/25/2013

She comes from a wealthy family. Her dad was a corporate executive. Between earnings, inheritance, and wealth protection I'm sure she has no trouble.

by Anonymousreply 8204/25/2013

Yes, she is wealthy and she'll be in earrings and caftans long after the rest of us find a decent job again.

by Anonymousreply 8304/25/2013

But is she on her way to Michigan to torture the nieces and nephews? Will the Carlyle have to renovate her living space so they can get some decent revenue from it? Is Elaine terrorizing the Amtrak personnel? Inquiring minds... She wasn't at the opening of Pippin last night with all the other D-listers...

by Anonymousreply 8404/26/2013

Somehow I think she will be back here before the year is over.

by Anonymousreply 8504/26/2013

I'm planning "Elaine's Back" as I type!

by Anonymousreply 8604/26/2013

And one for Mahler!

by Anonymousreply 8704/26/2013

It's official. The Carlyle is history for Elaine.

by Anonymousreply 8804/26/2013

Did she burn it down?

by Anonymousreply 8904/26/2013

When she moves to Michigan, who will she submit her false invoices for dry cleaning and car services to?

by Anonymousreply 9004/26/2013

She'll be doing her own fucking laundry when she gets here, never you worry.

by Anonymousreply 9104/26/2013

If the hotel staff hates her, they have a funny way of showing it:

by Anonymousreply 9204/26/2013

They only agreed to be nice to her just to get her out the door. She hasn't been nice the help since she left Michigan in 1945.

by Anonymousreply 9304/26/2013

For the love of God just smile and clap ... we want that old bitch outta here!

by Anonymousreply 9404/26/2013

R94, you go it right!

by Anonymousreply 9504/26/2013

Elaine resembles an elderly Lina Lamont in that kooky get up. I'm sure management blackmailed those staffers to applaud Elaine, or perhaps the volunteered to make sure she actually left!

Imagine! English muffins as your Christmas tip! What chutzpah! "Get outta here old lady!"

Her family is DRIVING her back to Michigan!? No way. She wouldn't get to Ohio before they tossed her out of the backseat! What exactly is she going to DO in Michigan without people acting as her servants and underlings? Hand washing her black tights in the bathroom sink only takes so long, you know!

by Anonymousreply 9604/26/2013

[quote]Imagine! English muffins as your Christmas tip! What chutzpah! "Get outta here old lady!"

I thought you were joking about English muffins until I clicked on the link.

As she was bidding farewell to the manager, her mind wandered for a minute, then she yelled, "Line!"

by Anonymousreply 9704/26/2013

Her husband was heir to the Bay English Muffin company I believe.

by Anonymousreply 9804/27/2013

[quote]Her husband was heir to the Bay English Muffin company

Maybe that's how she could afford that hotel for so many years.

by Anonymousreply 9904/27/2013

One of the first things she says in Shoot Me is "I have MONEY!" What with her shows, cabaret appearances, 30 Rock, etc. I doubt anyone needs to have a bake sale for her anytime soon.

by Anonymousreply 10004/27/2013

She lived at the Savoy in London for several years while appearing in plays there. I believe her husband moved in with her. I doubt that she ever paid there, or in New York City.

I have met Elaine Stritch; my experiences were mostly good. But, if Elaine wants something (even a very long free stay in a posh hotel), she almost always gets it. My guess is she helped the hotels in several ways, mostly in public relation appearances at private parties at the hotels.

Merman also lived in hotels in NYC, but in far less grand ones. She obviously had enough to pay. It's difficult to think of Merman negotiating piblic appearances. Didn't she hate the meeting fans aspect of show business?

by Anonymousreply 10104/27/2013

[quote]My guess is she helped the hotels in several ways, mostly in public relation appearances at private parties at the hotels.

Like, if you threw a Bar Mitzvah at The Carlyle, Elaine would pop down for the Hora and candle lighting? I guess no classy singles mixer would be complete without a pop in by that Mistress of Matrimony, Elaine Stritch! By the way, isn't it common Elaine's only husband was gay, gay, gay?

Merman lived on West End Ave. in the 90s for years. I think she even moved her parents in with her too.

by Anonymousreply 10204/28/2013

Any word yet on Stritchie's grand arrival in Michigan? You know she's planned a photo op.

by Anonymousreply 10304/28/2013

R101, she also did TV there, including a couple of dreadful series.

by Anonymousreply 10404/28/2013

Yes, both of Merman's parents loved well into their 90s. She did move them into her building. Merman may not have been a particularly good wife or mother, but she was wonderful to her parents.

I assumed Stritch's husband was gay, but this may be the first time anyone has mentioned it here.

by Anonymousreply 10504/28/2013

Why is everyone so cruel to Lady Elaine?

by Anonymousreply 10604/28/2013

R106, what goes around comes around.

It surprises me how only people who hate Stritch's Brit-com TWO'S COMPANY ever seem to mention it on DL. The show was very popular in its day and its humor holds up. You can find episodes on YouTube.

I think many DLers would adore this show if they gave it a chance. This clip includes her real-life husband playing her cousin.

by Anonymousreply 10704/28/2013

I liked Two's Company! The American version starring Mimi Kennedy and Peter Cook wasn't bad either.

by Anonymousreply 10804/28/2013

Why assume her husband was gay?

by Anonymousreply 10904/29/2013

I like to think of her agreeing to appear at local charity events in Michigan and then strong arming them into getting her a town car, shopping stipend and hairstylist. Her terrorizing a small town would make a great sitcom.

by Anonymousreply 11004/29/2013

Years ago, our PBS station had BritComs one night a week. "Two's Company" was pulled after a few showings. She's such an abrasive person that it overpowers her acting. People would rather have re-runs of Good Neighbors, To the Manor Born, or Bless Me Father instead of the horrid Stritch bitch.

by Anonymousreply 11104/29/2013

Good christ, I've seen some Two's Company on youtube, and that shit is DIRE.

And she sometimes sounds drunk.

by Anonymousreply 11204/29/2013

Elaine also starred in a British "Maude" remake called "Nobody's Perfect" with Richard Griffiths who recently died. Richard was in the Walter role even though he was about 25 years younger than Elaine. Elaine took some of the Maude episodes and adapted the screenplays herself. On the wiki page for Maude it links to an article with Elaine saying she is doing the remake and says "I'm not doing it like Bea Arthur who gave the good lines to the maid. I've got the best lines". Not sure if that was true? Maude was definitely Bea's show.

She also did an episode of Tales Of The Unexpected in the UK where she played a woman whose husband dies but his brain is kept alive! Elaine played it with some humor and it works pretty well for a stagey 70s style show

by Anonymousreply 11304/29/2013

[quote]"I'm not doing it like Bea Arthur who gave the good lines to the maid. I've got the best lines"

Just spectacularly graceless.

by Anonymousreply 11404/29/2013

She made appearances on Friday and Saturday of last week. The first was a talk back for students of the music, theater, and dance department at Wayne State. The second was a Q&A sit down for the public.

(terrorized by an 88-year-old? really? wimps!)

by Anonymousreply 11504/29/2013

[quote]The second was a Q&A sit down for the public.

Where? In a public park? At Wayne State? Did she yell at everyone?

So, you think we're "wimps"? Get back to us in a month, Dearie!

by Anonymousreply 11604/29/2013

It was held at the Hilberry Theatre at Wayne State. She was this year's Apple Award recipient and was presented with it during the afternoon event.

by Anonymousreply 11704/29/2013

How does this old bag warrant more than a hundred posts?

by Anonymousreply 11804/29/2013

119 posts! One for each year of her life... Now that she's survived Wayne State, she can take on Downtown Detroit. Good luck, Lainie.

by Anonymousreply 11904/29/2013

What do you mean? She's already a regular at the DAC. They said she was staying there now until her condo is ready.

by Anonymousreply 12004/29/2013

Who can I belittle and emasculate in small-town Michigan?

by Anonymousreply 12104/29/2013

I'm dying to know what she's doing. Not having lived in an actual home or apartment for most of the last 40 years, I don't imagine she enjoys decorating or any of that housewifey crap. Finding the nearest liquor store wouldn't take but an hour or so.....

by Anonymousreply 12204/30/2013

Is it true Stritch is really running for mayor of Detroit in the next election Inquiring minds...

by Anonymousreply 12305/06/2013

That old bitch never laid out a cent for one thing in her entire life. And as was pointed out, when she DID have to tip, she tipped in English muffins. WHICH SHE NEVER HAD TO PAY FOR. So if you're wondering if she has money? She has the first penny she got from the tooth fairy.

by Anonymousreply 12405/06/2013

R124 judging from this article you are right.

"WHEN it comes to spending, she is equally cautious. Although she views herself as extremely generous, several acquaintances say she often spends as little as possible. One longtime friend, Liz Smith, the gossip columnist, recounts an episode in which Ms. Stritch insisted that her unfinished meal at Le Cirque 2000, the stylish Manhattan restaurant, be wrapped up for her to take home.

'I was appalled,' Ms. Smith said. 'She acted as if she was having her last meal. We struggled out with big shopping bags, and I told her the next time we went to dinner, we would go to Joe Allen,' the popular casual restaurant in the theater district. 'You don't do takeout from Le Cirque,' Ms. Smith added.

by Anonymousreply 12505/07/2013

Elaine had a nice little house in Sag Harbor for years that she sold for a small fortune a few years ago. I imagine she's a bit like Liza who still has her First Communion money somewhere around here.

Do you think she's living in a little condo, or at the home of one of her nieces or nephews?

by Anonymousreply 12605/07/2013

Stritch bought a condo in a building for around $1.5 million.

And Liza's not Catholic.

by Anonymousreply 12705/07/2013

It was more a metaphor, and turn of phrase.

by Anonymousreply 12805/08/2013

I hear Stritch is being brought on to Y&R as Katherine Chancellor's younger sister, who comes to Genoa City to settle Kay's affairs after her death. Look for sparks between Stritchy and Doug Davidson!

by Anonymousreply 12905/08/2013

[quote]Look for sparks between Stritchy and Doug Davidson!

Look for sparks between Stritchy and everyone!

by Anonymousreply 13005/09/2013

She was hilarious on her farewell appearancce on Theatre Talk last month. I laughed the whole half hour.

by Anonymousreply 13105/09/2013

R13, I wasn't being funny.

by Anonymousreply 13205/09/2013

Renowned Alcoholic Elaine Stritch Drinking Again!

This is casually revealed in today's NY Times.

All her AA friends must be horrified.

She'll die drunk.

by Anonymousreply 13309/20/2013

I was there the night she was thrown out of Sardi's when she was so drunk she could barely see straight. Ths was in the early 70's.

by Anonymousreply 13409/21/2013

How much is she paying press agents to keep her face in the papers. She retired, went back home, and we still have to hear about her? Give us a break!

by Anonymousreply 13509/21/2013

The year was in the early 70s when it happened or Elaine was in her early 70s when it happened?

by Anonymousreply 13609/21/2013

Elaine hasn't been in her early seventies for most of the 21st Century. She's a real high maintenance item, as all her previous agents will readily admit. And she ain't getting any mellower.

by Anonymousreply 13709/21/2013

I always sort of felt she was a bit like Lina Lamont from Singin' in the Rain. "Can't sing, can't dance and can't act. A triple threat." She does have talent but the whole "Grande Doyenne of Broadway" thing is only because she is older than God and stuck around so damned long."

by Anonymousreply 13809/21/2013

I worked with Stritch and she was a horror.

We started rehearsing in a rehearsal hall and she refused to go look at the stage. The Artistic Director wanted her to look at the auditorium because it had a funny shape and he wanted her to know its layout.

She rearranged the entire set, asking for added furniture and pushing aside pieces she didn't want.

She rearranged the entire rehearsal schedule saying that she had diabetes and the cast had to adjust to her schedule.

She ate lunch on the set. The stage manager tried to get her to leave and go to a dressing room or the break room so that the crew could do their work but she pulled some bullshit about how she wanted to feel that the set was really her home.

She kept her insulin in a paper bag and insisted that it be kept in a refrigerator which she inspected for cleanliness often. The refrigerator was about 500 feet outside of the rehearsal hall, but she insisted that a Production Assistant get her the paper bag every time she wanted it. She hinted that someone in the theater might steal her insulin and insisted that nobody else store their lunch in that refrigerator.

She would often fight with the director and give direction to other actors.

She was a miserable old bag and everyone was glad to see the back of her when she left.

by Anonymousreply 13909/21/2013


by Anonymousreply 14009/21/2013

Liz Smith tells us how to contact Ms. Stritch in Michigan:

"You could write Elaine Stritch at 289 Harman Street in Birmingham, Michigan, suite 172 and the zip code is 48009. I can't give you the phone number because Elaine might kill me. She has had a contract out on me ever since 1953 when we first met in Chicago and decided that two people , born on Ground Hog Day, should be lifetime friends."

by Anonymousreply 14109/21/2013

R16- around the time of COMPANY.

by Anonymousreply 14209/21/2013

If the reviews were good in the Golden Olden Days of Broadway musicals, the cast would be expected to forgo their first day off after opening night, always a Sunday back then, and spend the entire day recording the album.

It was an exhausting but necessary tradition for everyone involved.

And then the next Sunday night, the star would appear on What's My Line? as the Mystery Guest (surprising no one).

by Anonymousreply 14309/21/2013


Ha ha - thanks for that!

by Anonymousreply 14409/21/2013

r139 = Bernadette Peters

by Anonymousreply 14509/21/2013


by Anonymousreply 14609/21/2013

You go girl !!!

by Anonymousreply 14709/21/2013

Well Barbara, if anyone knows about drunk old bitches, it would be you.

by Anonymousreply 14809/21/2013

I've never heard the phrase "renowned alcoholic" before.

by Anonymousreply 14909/21/2013

Barbara Cook doesn't drink any more, does she?

by Anonymousreply 15009/21/2013

"Barbara Cook doesn't drink any more, does she?"

She must be awfully dehydrated.

by Anonymousreply 15109/21/2013

"Maybe she's got a bad medical diagnosis which has caused her to go home and on a high even if it means falling off the wagon?:

I thought this as well, and if that were the case, I'd completely sympathize with her choice.

What I find strange is her allowing it to become known that she's drinking again. It's her choice and I respect that she doesn't want to be in the closet about it but it surprises me. Her recovery is something she was very proud of and her work in program and her story arc of success in not picking up a drink means a great deal to many people.

It is especially odd that she is talking about returning to NY to do Three Tall Women. Clearly she can't be simply calling it all quits and indulging in a Cosmo at dinner, rationalizing that she's on the way out so what diff. does it make, and at the same time considering doing a play.

Then again, she's an alcoholic, so of course she can do both of those things.

by Anonymousreply 15209/21/2013

The problem with her drinking is that she will turn herself into a victim and use it as publicity. Stritch is the queen of victimhood for publicity sake.

by Anonymousreply 15309/21/2013

Too many threads about this tired old bag of a nobody. Never was, and certainly never be anybody. Let her rot in Michigan.

by Anonymousreply 15409/21/2013

r154 = Julie Wilson.

by Anonymousreply 15509/21/2013


by Anonymousreply 15609/21/2013

All she needs r156 is a drink and an ashtray.

by Anonymousreply 15709/22/2013

She's about to pass out from her "Hawaaian Punch"-looking "half" Cosmo!

by Anonymousreply 15809/22/2013

I've been listening to Stritch in her revival of"On your Toes." Absolutely marvelous!

by Anonymousreply 15909/22/2013

Elaine is 88 yrs old and currently in a wheelchair recovering from two falls, one which broke her hip.

She will not be returning to NYC to do a play.

Her home healthcare aide prepares light drinks for her.

Elaine often sleeps until 3 or 4 afternoon.

by Anonymousreply 16009/22/2013

[all posts by tedious, racist idiot removed.]

by Anonymousreply 16109/22/2013

Couldn't happen to a nastier bitch. Well, maybe Lauren Bacall.

by Anonymousreply 16209/22/2013

[all posts by tedious, racist idiot removed.]

by Anonymousreply 16309/22/2013

Isn't Bacall shooting a movie?

by Anonymousreply 16409/22/2013

A friend saw Bacall coming out of the Dakota. She shuffled along with a walker and had an attendant/nurse with her.

by Anonymousreply 16509/22/2013

Marian Seldes is suffering advanced stages of Alzheimers. Why can't Stritch or Bacall suffer that, instead? It's always the good people who suffer.

by Anonymousreply 16609/22/2013

Sadly, another UWS veteran actress is currently in a home after a stroke. It seems to be a well-kept secret. It doesn't look good.

by Anonymousreply 16709/22/2013

[quote]Elaine has a year left, two maximum. Why not drink again?

Because there's nothing like a comeback story...

by Anonymousreply 16809/22/2013

Is Elaine busy helping the Bay English Muffin company compete with Thomas repulsive sounding Pumpkin Spice English Muffins? Seasonal or not, they sound really crappy. Maybe she'll give them out at Christmas to her nearest and dearest.

by Anonymousreply 16909/25/2013

What she really needs is that production of GYPSY that got away. Bonnie Langford could return as Dainty June.

by Anonymousreply 17009/25/2013

Elaine doesn't Stritch here anymore.

by Anonymousreply 17109/25/2013

Can't we just let her do what she wants? She's 88, for God's sake. If she wants to drink, let her. I don't understand how we all sit around judging these "elderly drunks," when we hay people have no qualms whatsoever about smoking pot, looking for "Molly" (thanks, Madonna -- I'm damn sure that Miley Cyrus found "Molly", btw), or drinking like fish. But with "old people," it's suddenly so horribly sad. Honey, life is tough, we deal with it whatever way we can, and if you disapprove of how someone else is dealing with his or her life? Well who asked you anyway?

by Anonymousreply 17209/25/2013

OMG. I must have had too many drinks myself! I obviously meant "gay people," but typed in "hay people"! Hay people probably shouldn't smoke, though!

by Anonymousreply 17309/25/2013

For god sakes, Elaine is in a wheelchair.

She does not have the physical ability to go back to the stage.

She had two falls recently, one which broke her hip, and she is in a wheelchair.

by Anonymousreply 17409/25/2013

Let the woman have a drink, for Christ's sake. Who the fuck cares.

by Anonymousreply 17509/25/2013

She's 105. Let the broad have a belt, if that's what she wants.

by Anonymousreply 17609/25/2013

That bitch never had a belt. Brayer.

by Anonymousreply 17709/25/2013

I think 'hay people' should be here to stay.

by Anonymousreply 17809/25/2013

The saddest part is that she has her Cosmos prepared in plastic bottles. All I could envision was a sippy cup.

by Anonymousreply 17909/26/2013

r167 = Does her name rhyme with Festelle Garsons?

by Anonymousreply 18009/26/2013


Speaking of bad tempered bitches...

by Anonymousreply 18109/26/2013

R181. Festelle is on the road with a new how with Steven Spinella, hardly nursing home. Could it be Anne Jackson?

by Anonymousreply 18209/26/2013
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