Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Stritch wisdom

From the documentary Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (dir. Chiemi Karasawa, 2013). Elaine Stritch, in the rehearsal room:

“It’s hard enough to remember Sondheim’s lyrics when you don’t have diabetes. But — everybody’s got a sack of rocks, as my husband used to say. One of the best minds in the world. Everybody should think of it.”
And on stage:
“I’m up here, and I’m being given the opportunity to sing one glorious Sondheim song after another. And I'm happy about it. If I forgot my lyrics — fuck it! I’m happy!”
For anyone who is getting older, Just Shoot Me offers excellent food for thought. And as Elaine Stritch seems to have been fond of pointing out, we are all getting older.

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Elaine Stritch (1925–2014)
“Elaine Stritch Arrives in Heaven”
From the local news (A lot of people getting older)

[Transcription and punctuation by me. Elaine Stritch was married to the actor John Bay.]

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