October 19, 2010
Elaine Stritch Still Soaking up the Cheers at 85
Legendary actress Elaine Stritch has 1 goal before she retires – less Elaine Stritch on stage
By MARK KENNEDY AP Drama Writer
(NEW YORK) – Elaine Stritch wants to tell an embarrassing story. And when Elaine Stritch wants to tell a story, you listen.
“I have no secrets,” the 85-year-old Broadway legend says by way of introduction as she sits at a makeup table getting her eyes done a few hours before a performance of A Little Night Music.
A few days ago, Stritch begins, she was at her Midtown hairdressers for a three-hour appointment before a show when she realized she’d forgotten her teeth. Stritch, who calls herself “a brittle diabetic,” has two sets of dentures, one for the stage and one for regular life. She didn’t have the ones for the theater.
Stritch had no time to waste: She called over to the Carlyle Hotel, where she lives these days, to ask an assistant to find the stage teeth — they’d be in a little white container in the bathroom. She wanted them brought down to the front desk.
Then she tried to call her hired limo driver, who was idling outside the salon. But she didn’t have his number, and there was no time to find the car service’s number. So Stritch, in a bit of a panic by now, went out to find him.
“I run downstairs. I’ve got on the robe from the hairdressers,” she says. And she leans into the window of the limo and bellows: “You’ve got to drive up to the Carlyle and pick up my teeth!”
“Suddenly, I’m standing in the middle of 57th Street. And there’s about 20 people laughing,” recalls Stritch with a sly smile. “Publicity stunt? No way! No way. You don’t do publicity stunts like that. Not even I could do that unless it was really happening.”
Spend an hour with Stritch and you’ll get a lot of stories like that — funny, self-effacing and revealing. The woman seems to have an iron core: brassy and exacting and salty, but also accommodating and full of wit.
Read the full article from the Associated Press HERE.
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, directed by Tony Award-winner Trevor Nunn, is now playing on Broadway
at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48th Street) through January 9, 2011.