Elaine Stritch performs at the Kennedy Center Honors on October 29, 1994.
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By Lily Rothman
July 17, 2014

Elaine Stritch, who died Thursday at 89, was best known as the legendary stage performer who made Broadway brassier — but her most recent acclaimed performance had been as herself. Stritch was the subject of a documentary, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, which was released in February.

Then, Stritch spoke to TIME about the release of the film. What she had to say about seeing herself on film in that manner was a lesson that can apply much more broadly:

Stritch also told TIME that, as of February, though she had left New York City for a quieter life, it wouldn’t be accurate to call her retired.

“That is not accurate at all,” she said. “I’d be thrilled to death to find a good new play.”

Write to Lily Rothman at lily.rothman@time.com.

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