13 May 2007

a story for the day

today is Mothers Day & Bea Arthur's 85th birthday. which reminds me of a story...

it was 1999. a party for those appearing in my production "Live at the Opera." I introducd Bea who was emcee of the show to Rufus Wainwright. he immediately told her abt the lyric which I believe he wrote at Chateau Marmont abt Bea being his grandmother. she didn't look amusd.

we'd put Bea up in the guest house of some rich folks who lived near the opera but they weren't home. there was one of Santa Fe's wildly beautiful storms that nite & that apparently spookd the golden girl. so the next day Rufus gave up his suite at Inn of the Turquoise Bear in town to Miss Arthur who was so happy she forgave her "grandson." Rufus took the smallest room at the inn.

5 comments:

DeadMule said...

Hi Alex, Today is Mother's Day and my mother's 86th birthday. Have a great day. Helen

Vera Charles said...

Did you ever hear the story about Bea getting her penis caught in her zipper?

Happy Mother's day kisses,
Vera

cinemage books said...

I sat right behind her at a performance of the very overrated play "How I Learned To Drive". Maude slept right threw it and I don't blame her. I was so close to her that I could have pattered her on her little head as she snoozed. One of my great theatre experiences among many.

AlexG said...

I sat behind Jerome Robbins while he slept thru an off-Broadway endeavor.

cinemage books said...

I was with you. Robbins was with Geraldine Fitzgerald and Betty Comden or Phyllis Newman or one of them. It was at the Theatre Of The Ridiculous. How anyone could fall asleep on Charles Ludlam is beyond me.