Wonderful, classy move by Michael Riedel.
To honor the memory of beloved Broadway actress and acting teacher Marian Seldes, who passed away this week at age 86, the Post theater critic enlisted her former student Kevin Spacey to write the words. From today’s Spacey piece:
As we waited for the Walk/Don’t Walk sign to change, Val [Kilmer] suddenly said, “Do you see that woman over there in purple?” Standing directly across the street was a tall, elegant woman, looking around with excitement, as if it were her first day in New York City — not mine — dressed in purple from head to toe.
“That’s Marian Seldes,” Val said. “She’s going to be your first [Juilliard] Shakespeare teacher. Wanna meet her?”…
Val turned to me and said, “God has his finger on her head and just guides her through life. A cab’ll never hit her. She’s a force of nature.”
What a force, indeed. She believed in her students. She believed in all her students.
Spacey goes on to detail how Seldes remained a dedicated supporter of his theatrical efforts long after graduation. RIP.
[H/T: Broadway World]
[Image via: juilliard.edu]