The final years of Elaine Stritch's illustrious career are documented in the 2013 film Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me.
The final years of Elaine Stritch's illustrious career are documented in the 2013 film Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me.
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The Broadway community has spent much of the past 24 hours remembering stage legend Elaine Stritch, who died yesterday at the age of 89. TheaterMania had the privilege of speaking with the late, great actress just this past February — two days after her 89th birthday — about her recent documentary, Elaine Stritch: Just Shoot Me, which paints a brutally honest portrait of her later years both onstage and off.

Having just retired to her home state of Michigan, Stritch spoke with the expletive-soaked candor we'd come to expect from the Broadway dame, sharing stories about her date with President Kennedy, her taste for a good martini, and her struggle with diabetes, which inspired her vow to leave a million dollars to the American Diabetes Association.

To summarize her state of mind in her own words, "I'm alive, I'm well, and living in Birmingham, Michigan, where my mother and father went to bed one night."

To read the complete interview, click here.