A Look Into the Life of a Broadway Legend

Alexandra Jacobs ’90, a staff writer at The New York Times, recently published a book about well-known Broadway entertainer Elaine Stritch. Called Still Here: The Madcap, Nervy, Singular Life of Elaine Stritch (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2019), Jacobs delves deeply into Stritch’s life, from her childhood in Detroit to her relocation to New York. She studied acting with several legendary figures in their early years, including Marlon Brando and Harry Belafonte, and went on to work extensively on Broadway and in London’s West End. She received four Tony award nominations for roles she portrayed in works by Noel Coward, Stephen Sondheim, and William Inge, among other playwrights.