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Showtune Sunday: From Eartha to Yvonne to Stritchie and Bassey, the ultimate diva sing-off of “I’m Still Here”

Many of our biggest female stars have belted out I’m Still Here which is from the Stephen Sondheim show Follies.

Probably the most widely seen version is Shirley MacLaine’s in the 1990 film Postcards from the Edge. It’s a big number because it tells us so much about MacLaine’s character and her relationship with her daughter (played by Meryl Streep) and Shirley absolutely nails it.

But that doesn’t mean I don’t love Elaine Stritch’s knockout performance or Elaine Page’s from the most recent revival. Here are those and some others including Polly Bergen, Eartha Kitt, Ann Miller and Shirley Bassey and they are dynamite!

And then there is Yvonne DeCarlo who might be best known for playing Lily on The Munsters but clearly has so much more to offer.

I’ve also included little snippet of Lauren Bacall singing part of the song. I do wish Miss Bacall, who died this year at 89, had put together a cabaret act and performed this song in its entirety. But she was too busy making movies up until the end of her life.

Let me know your favorite and feel free to suggest any versions I may have missed.

Shirley MacLaine "I'm Still Here" by graduate

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  1. Elaine wins. No one compares.

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