Saturday, June 26, 2010
Ellie, my connection to all things celebrity in New York, took me as her guest to see two-time Tony Award-winning Broadway legend and first wife to Captain Von Trapp/Leo Tolstoy and mother of madwoman from "Pulp Fiction" Amanda Plummer, at the Metropolitan Room in Chelsea.
Ellie and Tammy have been friends for years and we had amazing front and center seats to see her show. In the category of "New York keeps getting smaller for me" we sat right next to legendary Glasgow-born photographer, Harry Benson. I had met him at his show and reception in SOHO during Scotland Week. It was great to see him again and meet his charming wife Gigi. She is Texan and really wonderful. Anyway, this was supposed to be about Tammy, but click on Harry Benson and you will be amazed at the photos that you know that he shot. What a life!
Tammy Grimes has that distinctive voice. It was no wonder she was asked to replace Glynnis Johns in "A Little Night Music" She has a much better voice, but they both went to the warbly school of eccentric voices and it is an alluring one to hear.
I felt for her as she forgot lots of lyrics, but she was still in good voice at 76 and looks wonderful. It was a pleasure.