Ferocious Female: Elaine Stritch

“I am not influenced by other human beings. But I am inspired.”

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Happy September!

If you haven’t already seen the documentary, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, I strongly urge you to go find it as soon as possible and watch. Centering around the life of 87 year old Broadways legend, Elaine Stritch, it is truly inspiring. In fact, it has inspired me to start a completely new category on this here blog; Ferocious Females! Posts about empowering females who inspire with their fashion and/or life. Hopefully it will be as fun for you to read about these women as it is for me to find and learn about them! I don’t want to bore you with too many words, so I’ll briefly explain what I learned about Ms. Stritch that I find the most empowering, and then leave with you some marvelous quotes that’ll make you love this woman, as much as I now do.

Elaine Stritch passed away this year at 89, but at 87 in this documentary, she is so full of life and spunk you hardly notice age. This is a woman who knows exactly who she is, and what she wants in life, and isn’t afraid to speak her mind about it. A no bullshit attitude accompanies her everywhere she goes. A seemingly true, raw human being, who is so honest about who she is, but also remains quite sensitive. In the documentary she is described at one point as a turtle who has taken off her shell so that she has absolutely nowhere and nothing to hide.

Being an entertainer, she of course also suffered from bouts of self consciousness and doubt; but the beautiful thing is how she never let it get in her way. She bravely marched forward, doing exactly what she wanted to do her entire life. Also, she suffered from diabetes and recovering alcoholism, but fought her diseases while constantly performing and refusing to retire, all while quite stylishly dressed.

So without further ado, I present September’s Ferocious Female: Elaine Stritch: 

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“When you’re talking to most people who are aging gracefully they know something, or they wouldn’t have gotten there. I like the courage of age. And Betty Davis said it better than anyone, ‘not for sissies, gettin’ old is not for sissies’.” – Elaine Stritch, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me 


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“Never confuse Elaine Stritch with anyone else, she’s too original! First there’s just the physical image, […] legs that go on for miles, she’s like an ostrich. And those huge, huge eyes. She’s just got that crazy directness that just goes right through you.” – Cherry Jones, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

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“She’s just truthful. She’s truthful in her acting, and she’s truthful on a personal level; she’s very, very truthful.”  – Nathan Lane, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

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“She’s the conduit to a time that really was the golden age of theatre in this country. And she grew up out of that.” – Cherry Jones, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me 

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“I think Elaine is a great role model. She is confident and brassy and stylish and gorgeous. She doesn’t wear pants, and she lives the way she wants to live.”  – Tina Fey, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

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“There’s something exciting about being afraid.” – Elaine Stritch, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me 

So go out and be exactly who you are, and don’t apologize it. Because scary is exciting 😉


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