Still here : the madcap, nervy, singular life of Elaine Stritch / Alexandra Jacobs.
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- ISBN: 9780374268091
- ISBN: 0374268096
- Physical Description: 338 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019.
|Bibliography, etc. Note:||
Includes bibliographical references (pages -326) and index.
|Formatted Contents Note:||
"Thanks for everything" -- A helluva town -- "Heavens, that girl again!" -- Leading men -- "I never know when to say when" -- "Something very strange" -- "What a dump!" -- From "star maid" to "barmaid" -- "Everybody rise" -- Stompin' at the Savoy -- Two's company -- Who's that woman? -- Rolling along -- Her turn -- Stritch, Inc. -- Epilogue.
"The ebullient, troubled life of a Broadway legend who became a heroine to a younger generation. Still Here is the first full telling of Elaine Stritch's life. Rollicking but intimate, it tracks one of Broadway's great personalities from her upbringing in Detroit during the Great Depression to her fateful move to New York City, where she studied alongside Marlon Brando, Bea Arthur, and Harry Belafonte. We accompany Elaine through her jagged rise to fame, to Hollywood and London, and across her later years, when she enjoyed a stunning renaissance, punctuated by a turn on the popular television show 30 Rock. We explore the influential--and often fraught--collaborations she developed with Noël Coward, Tennessee Williams, and above all Stephen Sondheim, as well as her courageous yet flawed attempts to control a serious drinking problem. And we see the entertainer triumphing over personal turmoil with the development of her Tony Award-winning one-woman show, Elaine Stritch at Liberty, which established her as an emblem of spiky independence and Manhattan life for an entirely new generation of admirers. In Still Here, Alexandra Jacobs conveys the full force of Stritch's sardonic wit and brassy charm while acknowledging her many dark complexities. Following years of meticulous research and interviews, this is a portrait of a powerful, vulnerable, honest, and humorous figure who continues to reverberate in the public consciousness."--Publisher's website.
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 September #2
Elaine Stritch's lifelong friendship with gossip columnist Liz Smith helped boost her early image in the 1940s and '50s as a leggy, not-quite-ingénue who could drink anyone under the table. But the Stritch presented here is a study in contrasts: she came off as a brassy freewheeler, but she was naïve enough to think Rock Hudson had a crush on her; she was a self-described strong woman, yet the women's movement didn't dent her staunch apoliticality. Several themes repeat: her haphazard Catholicism, her reliance on alcohol to perform both on stage and in life, and a need for approval that got her labelled difficult and demanding. And she was difficult: she hogged the spotlight while she lamented her low billing. But even in her biggest flops, critics loved her. This was the key to her long-lasting appeal: she had an uncanny ability to play to an audience. This dishy biography will be a ride for the theatrically inclined as Stritch's 70-year career crosses those of Marlon Brando, Ethel Merman, Noël Coward, Angela Lansbury, Bea Arthur, and, of course, Hal Prince and Stephen Sondheim. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.
Alexandra Jacobs is a longtime features writer, cultural critic, and editor who has worked at The New York Times since 2010. She has contributed to many other publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Observer, and Entertainment Weekly.
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