Stritch, the Broadway diva who played Alec Baldwin’s mom on 30 Rock and was the memorably frank subject of the docu Shoot Me, will get the bio treatment from New York Times fashion and features writer Alexandra Jacobs. Farrar, Straus & Giroux senior editor Alex Star bought the tome for an estimated quarter- to half-a million dollars, according to Capital New York.
The morning tip sheet quotes Jacobs saying, “I think I’m the only person in New York who not only never met Elaine Stritch, but never saw her perform live. I’m frantically spinning that as an advantage because I feel like most people who interacted with her had a very strong reaction to her … Since I never met her in the flesh, I lack any bias.”
Stritch, salty-tongued, whiskey voiced muse to musical-theater deities from Cole Porter to Stephen Sondheim, died last year at age 89 after seven decades in show business. She was self-defined by two Sondheim songs: “Here’s To The Ladies Who Lunch,” from Company, the 1970 show in which she starred, and “I’m Still Here,” from Follies. She won a Tony Award (after four previous nominations) for Elaine Stritch At Liberty.