Stephen Sondheim recounts an amusing anecdote playwright George Furth had shared with him. "They [Furth and Stritch] had entered a bar at two in the morning and Elaine, well-oiled, had murmured to the bartender in passing, 'Just give me a bottle of vodka and a floor plan.' "
Here are more of some of her great quotations:
-"I don't know what the hell I'm doing up there half the time. These performers that go on about their technique and craft – oh, puleeze! How boring! I don't know what technique means. But I do know what experience is. I know in my gut when I've done a scene right."
-“I will say this up front: I love to drink. I love booze so much that it scares the hell out of me.”
-"Enough of this total abstinence nonsense. Control: that's the operative word. Two drinks a day. On or off stage. Two drinks a day. Two drinks a day: it doesn't work. Not when you want eleven. And not when you start shopping for wineglasses in the vase department at Bloomingdale's."
-“I was reading [a self-help book] yesterday and it said: ‘Make your own bed.’ I said to the book: ‘F___ you! I don’t have to make my own bed! That’s why I live at the Carlyle.’"
-"All you have to do is say, "I'm going home'" and you're the most popular girl at the party."
-"This age thing is all up to you. It's like happiness is up to you. You just have to understand what it is before you get it."