Ragtime Band
"One afternoon Stella told us to come to class with an impersonation. The next time we met, I impersonated Stella - all her mannerisms, her walk, her posture. I got a lot of laughs, Stella loved it, and I thought, no one can top this. Then I heard the scratchy sound of a record. It began to play “Clang, clang, clang went the the trolley,” Judy Garland’s song from Meet Me in St. Louis. And on came Marlon in drag, boobs, shaved legs, the whole thing. He was gorgeous. And he was hilarious. He was absolutely the best, that day and every day. Marlon’s going to to class to learn the Method was like sending a tiger to jungle school."

Elaine Stritch, on Marlon Brando, from Somebody: The Reckless Life and Remarkable Career of Marlon Brando by Stefan Kanfer

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Tags: Judy Garland  Elaine Stritch  Marlon Brando  Stella Adler  
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