The Russian Tea Room
A Love StoryBook - 1999
Rudolph Nureyev told Time magazine that the Russian Tea Room was what he liked most about America. Carol Channing regularly dined there for lunch -- on mysterious items she'd bring herself in a lunchbox. Leonard Bernstein scribbled the first bars of "Fancy Free" there on a napkin. And Dustin Hoffman made his hilarious and unforgettable debut public appearance as a woman in the famous movie Tootsie at the Russian Tea Room.
Now, just in time for the Russian Tea Room's long-awaited reopening, comes this delightful, anecdote-rich story of the famed New York eatery. And more -- not just about a famous place, it is a true memoir, at times very funny, always touching, sometimes sad, and often revealing, about a brave and quirky young South Carolina woman, Faith Stewart-Gordon. Her journey from the early 1950s and acting on Broadway to her marriage to the Russian Tea Room owner, Sidney Kaye, and her subsequent struggles to oper