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Elaine Stritch
Elaine Stritch and Rob Bowman
Elaine Stritch yucks it up with her former director, Rob Bowman, on the red carpet at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival | Melanie Votaw Photo

Broadway legend Elaine Stritch arrived at the theater in New York City on April 19, 2013 with more energy than most people a third her age. Now 88 years old, Stritch is the subject of a documentary about her consummate life by filmmaker Chiemi Karasawa. The film, called “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me,” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, with Stritch holding court on the red carpet.

Elaine Stritch
Elaine Stritch arrives at the Tribeca Film Festival for the premiere of “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me” documentary | Melanie Votaw Photo

When one of the photographers sang loudly, “Hello, my baby, hello, my honey,” Stritch quickly finished the musical phrase with a rousing, “Hello, my ragtime gaaaaaaaaallll!” much to the delight of everyone within ear shot.

A veteran of 19 Broadway shows starting in the 1940’s, Stritch is most famous for singing “The Ladies Who Lunch” in the original Broadway cast of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company.”

While many young people may be unaware of her Broadway legacy, they may know Stritch better as Colleen Donaghy on “30 Rock” or as Jane Fonda’s mother-in-law in “Monster In Law.”

For more from the red carpet of the “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me” premiere, see Paula Schwartz’ story on what Stritch and Karasawa had to say about the documentary.

Elaine Stritch
Elaine Stritch greets fans and signs autographs at the Tribeca Film Festival | Melanie Votaw Photo
Elaine Stritch and Chiemi Karasawa
Elaine Stritch and documentary filmmaker Chiemi Karasawa on the red carpet at the Tribeca Film Festival | Melanie Votaw Photo
The many faces of Elaine Stritch - we should all have so much vitality at age 88 | Melanie Votaw Photo
Elaine Stritch is well-known as a character who will say whatever is on her mind. We should all have so much vitality at age 88 | Melanie Votaw Photo
Cherry Jones
Celebrated stage actress Cherry Jones at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me” | Melanie Votaw Photo
Hunter Ryan Herdlicka
Broadway actor Hunter Ryan Herdlicka at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me” | Melanie Votaw Photo

If you’re in New York, rush tickets are still available for “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me” at the Tribeca Film Festival Monday and Tuesday, April 22-23, 2013.

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