Marian Seldes on Patti LuPone


Envy arises. How do you control someone like Patti? Of course you can’t, so even the wisest and kindest of people at Juilliard felt compelled to denigrate and limit Patti–simply so they could force her into a corner or a small space over which they could exert some control. What I now realize is that Patti arrived with so great a talent that all we needed to do was to harness and husband it, to clean it up, so that she could share it. Anna Sokolow, with whom I know you’ve dealt, once joked that if Juilliard should catch fire, we should run to save Patti first, because everything else in that building could be easily replaced.

From a conversation in 1997


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