My Elaine Stritch Story — Scarcely awards attire

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By Karen Isaacs

So many theater people have so many great stories about Elaine Stritch.  Unfortunately, I can’t contribute very much.  Yes, I saw her perform — to varying degrees of success — most recently as Madam Arnefelt in A Little Night Music.

The only time I met Elaine was at the Outer Critics Circle Awards program in May 2002.  We were gathered in an upstairs room at Sardi’s and Elaine was winner for her one-woman show.  Various actors, producers, directors and theater professionals were there.   Among the winners assembled were John Lithgow, Shuler Hensley, Sutton Foster, Frank Langella, Edward Albee and more.

So I had to be a bit taken aback by when Elaine got up to accept her award from her good friend Liz Smith.  She stood at the podium and announced to all assembled that she had her hair in rollers and covered by a scarf because “She had somewhere to go that evening!”

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