Elaine Stritch: “Every Breath Is a Victory.”

God bless Elaine Stritch.  I read minutes ago that she passed away. I know there will be lots of tributes this week, and talk about her many roles, but I will always picture her in her walk-on part in John Turturro’s masterpiece Romance and Cigarettes. This scene features two of the best-known TV gangsters, and she chews them up:

She had a real show biz voice and delivery. Her odd ways of phrasing lines suggests someone struggling to remember them, but each time she instantly recovers by channeling people who spoke half-forgotten idioms. Who would have guessed that she would outlive James Gandolfini?