"Let me begin by saying, I just love Elaine. She has been wonderful to me and my son Max. She is the most honest and arresting performer, and unusual person, that a young singer who wasn't yet an actress, could have the good fortune to meet. I was fresh from Ohio and green as grass when I got Company. Elaine was like some rare, eccentric bird-like Auntie Mame to me. I learned my work ethic from watching her and listening to her on stage every night. Elaine was still drinking then and sometimes she tore through 'Ladies Who Lunch' and other times she was so vulnerable it was brutal to listen to her. She made it alright to be scared, but was always elegant. She NEVER missed a performance and when Marlene Dietrich visited us backstage for two days, Elaine let her wait on her, picking up her dressing room. I loved that so much! I don't think anybody has a better sense of humor or wit."
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