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.

Force of nature, indeed. Everybody rise.

msteketee:

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.

Ms. Stritch will now take the stage.

https://msteketee.wordpress.com/2011/09/27/review-at-home-at-the-carlyle-elaine-stritch/

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nypl:

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.  

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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.

Advertising postcard for Chance Magazine issue 3, deep in final edits. Eiko Ishioka design for Grace Jones, worn by model in Paris in late 2013.

takethefirstleft:

I’m sick of cleverness. The clever people try to impose a design on the world and when it goes calamitously wrong they call it fate. In point of fact, everything is Chance, including design.

Tristan Tzara; Travesties by Tom Stoppard

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msteketee:

May 1, 1928, Bryn Mawr College festivities featuring senior girl Katharine Hepburn. Ah the rites of spring.

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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.