Elaine Stritch isn't just a Broadway star, a veteran of TV and film, a brand new Tweeter, or a self-proclaimed "hat aficionado." She's also now one of the illustrious people to have snuck in an expletitive on live television before the network producers could bleep it out. And before noon EST, no less! Stritch was on The Today Show with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb this morning to promote her documentary "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me" when she let slip the f-word. She was all decked out in fabulously giant glasses and a matching fur coat and hat, along with white tennies that she had resting on Kathie Lee's lap. At the risk of contributing to the increasingly meaninglessness of superlatives, it was pretty much the best thing that's happened all week. (Mercury is in retrograde, you know.)
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After the show, she posed with the hosts and posted the following on Twitter:
LOVE these broads, but no F'ING way they get the last word on this show! pic.twitter.com/vvKvJXLNeR- Elaine Stritch (@ElaineStritch) February 18, 2014
Stritch told Indiewire, "I don't like the documentary much but I think it's very good... I think it's a downer. But I do like it because it's telling the truth and what's the point of doing a documentary if you don't tell the truth? A documentary is a step beyond drama; it's what's really going on." It's gotten rave reviews since its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival last year.
Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, James Gandolfini, Nathan Jones, and John Turturro are just a few of the interviewees featured in the doc. "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me" opens in New York City February 21, with a slow national rollout.