What does it mean to be a performing artist - first, last and always? Broadway legend Elaine Stritch can answer that. At 87, Stritch is still here, dominating the stage in her one woman cabaret act, torturing Alec Baldwin on 30ROCK, giving us her take on aging, her struggle with alcohol and diabetes, and the fear of leaving the follow spot behind. In stolen moments from her corner room at the Carlyle, and on breaks from her tour and work, candid reflections about her life are punctuated with rare archival footage, words from friends (Hal Prince, George C. Wolfe, Nathan Lane, Cherry Jones and John Turturro) and photographs from her personal collection. By turns bold, hilarious and achingly poignant, the journey connects Stritch's present to her past, and an inspiring portrait of a one-of-a-kind survivor emerges.Written by
When the doctor called me and told me he had cancer... I burst into a flood of tears... That's the way I cried when John died. And then I cried no more!... But I said, "I've got to, I gotta, gotta get going and see what I can find now," 'cause I loved being married, and I loved being in love, and I loved all that. So where am I gonna find that again? And I never did. I never did.
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A fantastic little documentary on this bigger than life Broadway and cinema star. We are given a look into the woman Elaine Stritch and not just the actress, singer, star Elaine Stritch.
She talks about herself as the old woman she is (or rather was) and she talks about herself as the young and beautiful up and coming actress/star. She hides nothing about her life - insecurities, alcoholism, diabetes, her fashion sense, and what she expects of herself and others.
Watching this documentary is entertaining even if you have never heard of her. It will also make you glad you didn't know her (as it did for me). She comes across as an overbearing woman with maybe unreasonable demands, but thats what goes into becoming a star in ones own time.
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