I visited with Ms. Stritch in her New York performance home, the Cafe Carlyle, in September 2011, a few years before she decamped for her home state, my home state, of Michigan. Today’s news that our Ms. Stritch passed away at 89 inspires all of us to pause and reflect.
My notes from almost three years ago, my experience with her three years ago, just as fresh as if the events occurred yesterday.
Elaine Stritch is a bawdy treasure who has been enchanting audiences with her rough hewn, perfectly calibrated humor and voice-with-an-oaky-finish since she splashed onto the New York stage in her 20s in the 1940s. New York City audiences are being treated with her presence in the Cafe Carlyle at the hotel she has been calling home (literally) for many years. I visited last week. She evokes memories of a woman we both love — Judy Garland. I (and at least one commenter) have fun with this fact.
We are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Emmy and Tony Award winning actress Elaine Stritch, whose acerbic personality and memorable stage and screen performances have captured hearts for decades. This 1954 promotional photo from our Billy Rose Theatre Division features Stritch as Peggy Porterfield in a revival of “On Your Toes,” and captures her personalty perfectly. Learn more about the American Theater Hall of Famer by checking out materials from your local NYPL branch.
Images from Chance Magazine issue 3 — now in final layout stages (set for publication July 2014). Cover image + Simon Doonan 2006 Warhol window display for Barneys + Public Theater ad to be placed in the magazine.
Cover image for upcoming issue 6 of Judy Garland - a Celebration - the publication of The International Judy Garland Club. This issue will focus on the successes and challenges in Garland’s visit to Australia in 1964.
TCM Celebrates the 90th birthday of the most famous Hollywood studio of them all— Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, formed in 1924 with the merger of Metro Pictures Corporation, Goldwyn Pictures and Louis B. Mayer Productions. MGM and its legendary roaring lion logo set the standard for American filmmaking, racking up numerous Academy Awards® and nominations over the decades. In keeping with the studio’s boast of “more stars than there are in the heavens,” our festival features performers ranging from Jean Harlow to Julie Christie, John Barrymore to Cary Grant, Greta Garbo to Judy Garland, and Clark Gable to Fred Astaire.
This special programming kicks off at 6 am (ET) on Thursday, April 17, with the 1925 silent version of Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ and ends, fittingly enough, on April 18 with the 1959 remake Ben- Hur. In between are classics of genres for which MGM was celebrated including all-star entertainments (Dinner at Eight, 1933), comedies (The Thin Man, 1934), dramas (Boys Town, 1938), animal films (Lassie Come Home, 1943), adventures (Mutiny on the Bounty, 1935), musicals (Meet Me in St. Louis, 1944), films noir (The Postman Always Rings Twice, 1946), thrillers (North by Northwest, 1959), Westerns (How the West Was Won, 1962) and romantic epics (Doctor Zhivago, 1965).
So many of my favorite films, so little time. This is why DVRs were created.