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
11.64 Hours 1
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"Narrator Andrea Burns is amazing! Her performance of NEW YORK TIMES editor Jacobs's charming, well-researched look at the life of actor Elaine Stritch (19252014) is at once intelligent, amusing, and illuminating...Wonderfully entertaining listening." — AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner 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.

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New York Times Pick of the Month

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

"Narrator Andrea Burns is amazing! Her performance of NEW YORK TIMES editor Jacobs's charming, well-researched look at the life of actor Elaine Stritch (19252014) is at once intelligent, amusing, and illuminating...Wonderfully entertaining listening." — AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner 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
“As a chronicle of one impossible brilliant actor and the community around her, this biography provides a thoroughly entertaining and vividly drawn picture of show business in the twentieth century.” New York Times Book Review
“Narrator Andrea Burns is amazing! Her performance…is at once intelligent, amusing, and illuminating…She sounds enough like Stritch to be absolutely convincing while maintaining energetic, credible voices for the many people whose lives Stritch touched…Wonderfully entertaining listening. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“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 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
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 11.64
Audience: Adult
Language: English