Elaine Stritch: “I Am Moving, Not Retiring”

Chiemi Karasawa’s documentary “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me,” which has just premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, is a quintessential New York film – a portrait of the bold, brassy actress, singer, Broadway and cabaret star who began acting career in 1944 and has been a legend in Manhattan theater and café circles for decades. In this interview about the project, Stritch, who now forgets lyrics when she performs owing to more than just age (she’s 88), makes it clear that she may be moving back to her native Michigan but she’s not retiring. My favorite fun fact about Stritchie: she’s a longtime recovering alcoholic who allows herself one cocktail a day. Hey, she’s made it to 88, so who are you to judge?

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