Elaine Stritch on Fellow Diva Liza Minnelli


Recovering alcoholic Elaine Stritch turned heads Tuesday night when she made a stop at the bar at a Caron Treatment Center–sponsored party celebrating Christopher Kennedy Lawford’s new book, Moments of Clarity: Voices from the Front Lines of Addiction and Recovery. But all the grande dame of comedy, draped in a spotted fur coat and big-lens sunglasses, picked up was a toothpick and a bottle of O’Douls (which she smuggled out with her when she left). On her way to the car, she told us about attending the opening night of pal Liza Minnelli’s Broadway show, Liza’s at the Palace, last month. She said the show was “terrific,” so we asked her (admittedly wickedly) who would win in a sing-off between the two divas. “Who do I think would win? Me. Are you kidding me? But if I didn’t think I would win, I shouldn’t get up in the morning,” Stritch cracked. “But in any other competition, I wish her the best of luck.” She’s still got it!