Still Here by Alexandra Jacobs audiobook

Still Here: The Madcap, Nervy, Singular Life of Elaine Stritch

By Alexandra Jacobs
Read by Andréa Burns

Macmillan Audio 9780374268091

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • Available on 11/05/2019

    ISBN: 9781250241863

  • Available on 11/05/2019

    ISBN: 9781250241863

Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

New York Times Pick of the Month

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An acting lesson, a therapy session, a chance to know the great La Stritch. This book is your chance.” Alec Baldwin, actor, comedian, and New York Times bestselling author
“Chronicles the brash, boozy career of the legendary Broadway star in this biography, diving into her relationships, her breakout fame in Hollywood, and her notable collaborations, including those with Tennessee Williams and Stephen Sondheim.” New York Times Book Review
“This dishy biography will be a ride for the theatrically inclined as Stritch’s seventy-year career crosses those of Marlon Brando, Ethel Merman, Noël Coward, Angela Lansbury, Bea Arthur, and, of course, Hal Prince and Stephen Sondheim.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Alexandra Jacobs

Author Bio: Alexandra Jacobs

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, New York Observer, and Entertainment Weekly.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English