Alec Baldwin, Harold Prince, Tina Fey, Patti LuPone and More Offer Elaine Stritch a Quotable Sendoff

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20 Apr 2013

Barbara Walsh

Barbara Walsh:
"While in previews for Company in the fall of 2006, I had a luncheon with Elaine at the Carlyle. We were both being interviewed for an article in The New Yorker that actually never ran. Anyway, upon meeting me she said, 'Oh, you're too young for Joanne.' (I was in fact older than her when she originated it.) We got along well, although she drove the interview and she told me she didn't want me to know when she was coming to the show.

So one night shortly after the luncheon, I'm looking out at the audience as I could often break the fourth wall during the performance, and who do I see right smack on the aisle, five or six rows back? Elaine Stritch in the whitest of white suits! I wasn't bothered at all, just thrilled. After the show, I heard the unmistakable voice on the staircase and greeted her on the stair landing. She looked at me and said, 'Wonderful, you were just wonderful.' A moment I'll never forget."

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