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The remainder of the hour-long show was taken by reminiscences, some of which were prompted by cards plucked out of a silver bowl by members of the audience. Attendees were encouraged to shout out the topic written on each card. "Gregory Peck" led to a memory of Stritch encountering the film actor standing in the lobby of the Savoy Hotel in London. "Oh my God! It's Gregory Peck!" shouted the ever star-struck actress. Peck's cool, deep-voiced response: "I know."
"Jane Fonda" provoked a remembrance of encountering Fonda, seemingly alone, on the street. "Jane!" called out Stritch. The next thing she heard was "Cut!" It was a film set.
Anecdotes about going out to dinner with JFK and planning a hypothetical tour of Mame with Judy Garland (with Garland's daughter listening in the audience) followed, some of the stories familiar to any follower of Stritch's Zelig-like career. Two calls from the crowd to talk about her relationship to Marlon Brando were rejected. "It's too f**king complicated," complained the actress.
A long passage about meeting Stephen Sondheim teased the audience that a final performance of Stritch's signature song, "Ladies Who Lunch" from Company, was imminent. But, sadly, it was not to be.
With that, she made her long journey from the stage to the dressing room, with stops to greet and enthuse over the celebrities in the audience.
"I've been up all night, all my life," she commented. "Now I can go to sleep at 9."
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