A remembrance of Elaine Stritch (via):
NEW YORK, June 26—TOLD TO KEEP HER SHIRT ON – Blonde Elaine Stritch, understudy to Ethel Merman in the Broadway hit, “Call Me Madam,” wears halter and shorts which cause her arrest in Central Park. Today she was fined $1 and told by Magistrate Emilio Jones, “A beautiful girl like you could cause a small riot and cause a large crowd to collect by removing your shirt.” “Well,” she replied, “I was there all day and nothing happened.” (AP, 1951)
It is perhaps fitting that I learned of Elaine Stritch’s passing on the same night that I saw StageWorkTO’s production of Sondheim’s Assassins. After all, Stritch was one of Sondheim’s muses, and was one of Broadway’s greats.
I never did get to see her live on stage — my attempts to get tickets to Elaine Stritch at Liberty when was 19 years old failed because the show sold out very quickly — but I have seen video, and have heard her sing, and have heard stories from those who have seen her in musicals. They are fond stories that they tell, and with them, I developed a fondness for Stritch.
She will be missed, by those who knew her, those who got to see her on stage, and those, like me, who only know the influence she has had on making musical theater what it is today.
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Friendly skeleton from Natural History for the use of schools and families (1864)
The eye of Amal Sofi. Albinism refers to a group of inherited conditions. People with albinism have little or no pigment in their eyes, skin, or hair. They have inherited altered genes that do not make the usual amounts of a pigment called melanin. A common myth is that people with albinism have red eyes. In fact there are different types of albinism and the amount of pigment in the eyes varies. Although some individuals with albinism have reddish or violet eyes, most have blue eyes. Some have hazel or brown eyes. However, all forms of albinism are associated with vision problems.