" Elaine Stritch gave me a wonderful birthday present; a beautiful photograph of a baby girl -- herself!" joked the great actor Nathan Lane at the memorial to his fellow actor in New York. He noted that she was "a force of nature."
Nathan and producer Harold Prince opened the two-hour tribute to Elaine who died on July 17 in her hometown of Birmingham, Michigan. The memorial happened in the Hirschfeld Theatre on West 45th Street, in a deluge of cold rain, with masses of umbrellas clogging the streets.