Patti LuPone on ‘Company,’ Stephen Sondheim and More

“I have scars,” she said, pensively. And why are we called ‘whores’ or ‘hard to work with’ when we simply ask for what we need? She said it pisses her off because the stickers are used by men.

“Apparently, I was a persona non grata in California after Evita, because everyone heard I was tough in New York. He’s like, ‘Wait a minute, do you want to know why I was tough?’ No, it’s just, ‘I was tough’ Tough, so you’re on life’s very short list.” I say this to every woman and man who goes through this. Your talent will come out Your talent will carry you if you commit to it and honor your talent.

In the aftermath of #MeToo, she noted that abusive bosses are getting the hook.

“There are no more villains in the world,” she said with a sly smile. But her black sense of humor remains untouched, so she added that for her show, “We had to go through two days of sensitivity training. I wanted to kill myself.”

She played Norma Desmond on “Sunset Boulevard” in London, before hitting Broadway. In 1994, when Andrew Lloyd Webber fired her and replaced her with Glenn Close, she wrote in her memoirs, “I did a swipe practice in my locker room with a floor lamp. I swung at everything in sight—mirrors, wig holders, makeup, wardrobe, Furniture, everything. Then I raised the lamp from the second floor window.”

She sued him and used the $1 million she won to build a swimming pool in her Connecticut home, now called the Andrew Lloyd Webber Memorial Pool.

“The only thing we didn’t do was have the police paint on the bottom of the pond,” she said with a laugh.

After decades of commercial insults, she simply said Mr. Lloyd Webber was a “sad sack”. Her anger at Mrs. Claus is still simmering. Then there’s Madonna: In 2017, she told Andy Cohen, “Madonna is a movie killer. She’s dead behind her eyes. She can’t act in a way that comes out of a paper bag.” She added, for good measure: “You shouldn’t be in a movie or theater.”

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