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.
NYTimes confirms Stritch drinking again!
|by Anonymous||reply 183||09/26/2013|
I was at Sardi's the night they threw a drunken Elaine out..
|by Anonymous||reply 1||04/21/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 3||04/21/2013|
go home to who?
|by Anonymous||reply 4||04/21/2013|
Wow, OP, you're a fucking treasure.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||04/21/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 6||04/21/2013|
She can come live with me!
|by Anonymous||reply 7||04/21/2013|
Will they bring her back to NYC for the funeral? Will there be a viewing at Campbells?
|by Anonymous||reply 8||04/21/2013|
I'm surprised she didn't choose to spend her final years in London. She lived in the Savoy Hotel.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||04/21/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 10||04/21/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 11||04/21/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 12||04/21/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 14||04/22/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 15||04/22/2013|
I like Stritch but I hate someone getting a free pass for being a bitch offstage because they're 'a character.'
|by Anonymous||reply 16||04/22/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 17||04/22/2013|
She's never stopped "bending her elbow."
|by Anonymous||reply 18||04/22/2013|
R5/R12 = 50+ year old alcoholic who thinks his binges are just frat boy antics.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||04/22/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 21||04/22/2013|
One legend in tribute to another:
|by Anonymous||reply 22||04/22/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 23||04/22/2013|
Her family in Birmingham, MI, R4. Nieces and nephews, as I understand.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||04/22/2013|
Won't someone PLEASE SHIT in my MOUTH??
|by Anonymous||reply 25||04/22/2013|
Even in her younger days, she couldn't sing on pitch.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||04/22/2013|
Was she a lesbian? She was good friends with Liz Smith in the 50s.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||04/22/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 28||04/22/2013|
She allows herself one drink a day.
And on Planet Stritch a day is only one hour long, you know.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||04/22/2013|
I'll drink to that.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||04/22/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 31||04/22/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 32||04/22/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 33||04/22/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 34||04/22/2013|
Just gimme a drink and raise the GODDAMN CUE CARDS!
|by Anonymous||reply 35||04/22/2013|
I remember watching The Company on PBS. Sondheim was a taskmaster. Stritch was having a meltdown. But she eventually nailed it.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||04/23/2013|
Wisconsin is especially nice this time of year. As is Ohio. Or most anywhere else but here.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||04/23/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 38||04/23/2013|
It's unreal to see the way people genuflect before this old drunk.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||04/23/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 40||04/23/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 41||04/23/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 42||04/23/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 43||04/23/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 44||04/23/2013|
At Liberty was filmed and released on DVD, in its complete form. Not sure what R42 is talking about.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||04/23/2013|
And someone's selling a used copy for $275. WHAT THE FUCK, WORLD?
|by Anonymous||reply 46||04/23/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 47||04/23/2013|
R40 whatever it was called, it was Sondheim so it was earnest crap.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||04/23/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 49||04/23/2013|
The cast and crew of Hal Prince's SHOW BOAT loathed her.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||04/23/2013|
[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.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||04/23/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 52||04/23/2013|
The commenter on this awful/great video puts it best
[quote] She's not even strictly good. Just compelling
|by Anonymous||reply 53||04/23/2013|
Can you just imagine the dread of the nieces and nephews in Birmingham, Michigan that Auntie Elaine is coming to stay?
|by Anonymous||reply 54||04/23/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 55||04/23/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 56||04/23/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 57||04/23/2013|
Here's to the ladies who lunch....
|by Anonymous||reply 58||04/23/2013|
No, here's to the bitches who rant...
|by Anonymous||reply 59||04/23/2013|
she outed James Gandolfini as an alcoholic
|by Anonymous||reply 60||04/23/2013|
Link for James Gandolfini outing, please.
I wonder if Stritchie is iller than she's letting on?
|by Anonymous||reply 61||04/23/2013|
Shoot Me Tribeca Film Festival premiere interview. HA!
|by Anonymous||reply 62||04/24/2013|
|by Anonymous||reply 63||04/24/2013|
"In the theater the meek shall not inherit the earth." Elia Kazan
|by Anonymous||reply 64||04/24/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 65||04/24/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 66||04/24/2013|
"Hey Guys. Tomorrow's her last day.Yay"
|by Anonymous||reply 67||04/24/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 68||04/24/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 69||04/25/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 70||04/25/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 71||04/25/2013|
Anyone have any idea what she was paying for that Carlyle abode?
|by Anonymous||reply 72||04/25/2013|
Did anyone bother to tell her that checkout time was noon?
|by Anonymous||reply 73||04/25/2013|
I heard that she lived there rent free in exchange for appearing in their lounge.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||04/25/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 75||04/25/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 76||04/25/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 77||04/25/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 78||04/25/2013|
We can handle Stritch no problem, NYC just has no sense of humor.
|by Anonymous||reply 79||04/25/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 80||04/25/2013|
I would guess she has benefactors who quietly finance her. We'll find out who they were if she ever dies.
|by Anonymous||reply 81||04/26/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 82||04/26/2013|
Yes, she is wealthy and she'll be in earrings and caftans long after the rest of us find a decent job again.
|by Anonymous||reply 83||04/26/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 84||04/26/2013|
Somehow I think she will be back here before the year is over.
|by Anonymous||reply 85||04/26/2013|
I'm planning "Elaine's Back" as I type!
|by Anonymous||reply 86||04/26/2013|
And one for Mahler!
|by Anonymous||reply 87||04/26/2013|
It's official. The Carlyle is history for Elaine.
|by Anonymous||reply 88||04/26/2013|
Did she burn it down?
|by Anonymous||reply 89||04/26/2013|
When she moves to Michigan, who will she submit her false invoices for dry cleaning and car services to?
|by Anonymous||reply 90||04/26/2013|
She'll be doing her own fucking laundry when she gets here, never you worry.
|by Anonymous||reply 91||04/26/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 93||04/26/2013|
For the love of God just smile and clap ... we want that old bitch outta here!
|by Anonymous||reply 94||04/26/2013|
R94, you go it right!
|by Anonymous||reply 95||04/26/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 96||04/27/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 97||04/27/2013|
Her husband was heir to the Bay English Muffin company I believe.
|by Anonymous||reply 98||04/27/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 99||04/27/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 100||04/27/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 101||04/27/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 102||04/28/2013|
Any word yet on Stritchie's grand arrival in Michigan? You know she's planned a photo op.
|by Anonymous||reply 103||04/28/2013|
R101, she also did TV there, including a couple of dreadful series.
|by Anonymous||reply 104||04/28/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 105||04/28/2013|
Why is everyone so cruel to Lady Elaine?
|by Anonymous||reply 106||04/29/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 107||04/29/2013|
I liked Two's Company! The American version starring Mimi Kennedy and Peter Cook wasn't bad either.
|by Anonymous||reply 108||04/29/2013|
Why assume her husband was gay?
|by Anonymous||reply 109||04/29/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 110||04/29/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 111||04/29/2013|
Good christ, I've seen some Two's Company on youtube, and that shit is DIRE.
And she sometimes sounds drunk.
|by Anonymous||reply 112||04/29/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 113||04/29/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 114||04/29/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 115||04/29/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 116||04/29/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 117||04/29/2013|
How does this old bag warrant more than a hundred posts?
|by Anonymous||reply 118||04/29/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 119||04/29/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 120||04/29/2013|
Who can I belittle and emasculate in small-town Michigan?
|by Anonymous||reply 121||04/29/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 122||04/30/2013|
Is it true Stritch is really running for mayor of Detroit in the next election Inquiring minds...
|by Anonymous||reply 123||05/06/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 124||05/06/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 125||05/07/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 126||05/07/2013|
Stritch bought a condo in a building for around $1.5 million.
And Liza's not Catholic.
|by Anonymous||reply 127||05/07/2013|
It was more a metaphor, and turn of phrase.
|by Anonymous||reply 128||05/09/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 129||05/09/2013|
[quote]Look for sparks between Stritchy and Doug Davidson!
Look for sparks between Stritchy and everyone!
|by Anonymous||reply 130||05/09/2013|
She was hilarious on her farewell appearancce on Theatre Talk last month. I laughed the whole half hour.
|by Anonymous||reply 131||05/09/2013|
R13, I wasn't being funny.
|by Anonymous||reply 132||05/09/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 133||09/20/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 134||09/21/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 135||09/21/2013|
The year was in the early 70s when it happened or Elaine was in her early 70s when it happened?
|by Anonymous||reply 136||09/21/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 137||09/21/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 138||09/21/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 139||09/21/2013|
|by Anonymous||reply 140||09/21/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 141||09/21/2013|
R16- around the time of COMPANY.
|by Anonymous||reply 142||09/21/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 143||09/21/2013|
Ha ha - thanks for that!
|by Anonymous||reply 144||09/21/2013|
r139 = Bernadette Peters
|by Anonymous||reply 145||09/21/2013|
|by Anonymous||reply 146||09/21/2013|
You go girl !!!
|by Anonymous||reply 147||09/21/2013|
Well Barbara, if anyone knows about drunk old bitches, it would be you.
|by Anonymous||reply 148||09/21/2013|
I've never heard the phrase "renowned alcoholic" before.
|by Anonymous||reply 149||09/21/2013|
Barbara Cook doesn't drink any more, does she?
|by Anonymous||reply 150||09/21/2013|
"Barbara Cook doesn't drink any more, does she?"
She must be awfully dehydrated.
|by Anonymous||reply 151||09/21/2013|
"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 Anonymous||reply 152||09/21/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 153||09/21/2013|
Too many threads about this tired old bag of a nobody. Never was, and certainly never be anybody. Let her rot in Michigan.
|by Anonymous||reply 154||09/21/2013|
r154 = Julie Wilson.
|by Anonymous||reply 155||09/21/2013|
|by Anonymous||reply 156||09/21/2013|
All she needs r156 is a drink and an ashtray.
|by Anonymous||reply 157||09/22/2013|
She's about to pass out from her "Hawaaian Punch"-looking "half" Cosmo!
|by Anonymous||reply 158||09/22/2013|
I've been listening to Stritch in her revival of"On your Toes." Absolutely marvelous!
|by Anonymous||reply 159||09/22/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 160||09/22/2013|
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|by Anonymous||reply 161||09/22/2013|
Couldn't happen to a nastier bitch. Well, maybe Lauren Bacall.
|by Anonymous||reply 162||09/22/2013|
[all posts by tedious, racist idiot removed.]
|by Anonymous||reply 163||09/22/2013|
Isn't Bacall shooting a movie?
|by Anonymous||reply 164||09/22/2013|
A friend saw Bacall coming out of the Dakota. She shuffled along with a walker and had an attendant/nurse with her.
|by Anonymous||reply 165||09/22/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 166||09/23/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 167||09/23/2013|
[quote]Elaine has a year left, two maximum. Why not drink again?
Because there's nothing like a comeback story...
|by Anonymous||reply 168||09/23/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 169||09/25/2013|
What she really needs is that production of GYPSY that got away. Bonnie Langford could return as Dainty June.
|by Anonymous||reply 170||09/25/2013|
Elaine doesn't Stritch here anymore.
|by Anonymous||reply 171||09/25/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 172||09/25/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 173||09/25/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 174||09/25/2013|
Let the woman have a drink, for Christ's sake. Who the fuck cares.
|by Anonymous||reply 175||09/25/2013|
She's 105. Let the broad have a belt, if that's what she wants.
|by Anonymous||reply 176||09/25/2013|
That bitch never had a belt. Brayer.
|by Anonymous||reply 177||09/25/2013|
I think 'hay people' should be here to stay.
|by Anonymous||reply 178||09/25/2013|
The saddest part is that she has her Cosmos prepared in plastic bottles. All I could envision was a sippy cup.
|by Anonymous||reply 179||09/26/2013|
r167 = Does her name rhyme with Festelle Garsons?
|by Anonymous||reply 180||09/26/2013|
Speaking of bad tempered bitches...
|by Anonymous||reply 181||09/26/2013|
R181. Festelle is on the road with a new how with Steven Spinella, hardly nursing home. Could it be Anne Jackson?
|by Anonymous||reply 182||09/26/2013|