This film image released by the Tribeca film Festival shows Elaine Stritch in a scene from “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me,” a film that will be shown at the Tribeca Film Festival running April 17 through April 28, 2013 in New York. (AP Photo/Tribeca Film Festival)
NEW YORK (AP) — Elaine Stritch would rather get on with it.
The 88-year-old Broadway legend and New York icon — as much a fixture as the Statue of Liberty, but with a whole lot more to say — has made her way slowly into the Chelsea theater where the documentary “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me” was premiering Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Led to a green room before the show starts, she’s displeased about the seating options, and, coming off a hip surgery, would prefer to go directly into the theater. She isn’t shy about it. First, though, she grips a reporter by the forearm, fixes her gaze on him, and says in that unmistakable, feisty voice:
“There are ways around my life, if you know what I mean.”
She has lived a full one, from defining performances of Stephen Sondheim tunes on Broadway to the Tony- and Emmy-winning one-woman show “Elaine Stritch: At Liberty” to her memorable guest appearances on “30 Rock.” She’s New York show business, personified.