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Stevie Holland: The Woman Behind the Woman Behind Cole Porter

Stevie Holland in Love, Linda
Stevie Holland in Love, Linda

In the mid-1940s, Irving Berlin suggested to Jack Warner that Cole Porter’s life would make a dandy subject for a movie. Warner was delighted with the idea. Porter was even more delighted, particularly when it was announced that the lead role in what would become Night and Day had been assigned to dashing Cary Grant.

Such is just one of the delectable tidbits that Stevie Holland dishes out in her effervescent one-woman show Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter. Written by Holland and her husband, Gary William Friedman, Love, Linda enjoyed nearly a yearlong run of SRO performances throughout 2009 before taking a brief hiatus. It is now back in full, sophisticated swing, playing Wednesday nights at Manhattan’s Triad Theater. An “original cast” album was also recently released on Holland and Friedman’s own 150 Music label. (It is currently available on iTunes and at Amazon.com).

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