Several days after the death of Ms. Bacall, and a week into the shooting, demonstrations and events in Ferguson, Missouri, somehow this image of Hollywood representatives from the Committee for the First Amendment attending HUAC hearings in 1947, bearing witness, seems pertinent to repost.
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.