By Harry Haun
08 Mar 2013
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN
Country-western singer-songwriter Larry Gatlin [Seminole, TX] — decked out in red, white and blue, plus a Texas flag for a knee patch — knew Richards from his years in the Texas capitol: "She was a great broad. I liked her a lot, and I knew her very well. We used to meet each other at the river. The town lake in Austin was my favorite place to run. We used to run about the same time every morning. I'd get up about 7:30, 8 o'clock every morning and go run the river, and the governor — Annie — would be down there. She was bright, strong, well spoken, funny as she could be."
Sharing Gatlin's patriotic color-scheme was Tony Lo Bianco, whose LaGuardia one-man show, The Little Flower, takes root March 22 at the DiCapo Opera Theatre.
Gloria Steinem said Richards was state treasurer when they originally met. "We did many events and benefits together — and I treasure one thing that can't be put in this production: She used to put on a little comedy routine, putting on a pig nose and imitating 'good ole boys.'" Iris Love, the socialite archeologist, remembers that Richards happened to be sporting that pig snout the first time they met.