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Friday, September 4, 2009

Jerry Orbach Book Release, Tribute Planned for November

A special tribute is planned for Law & Order’s beloved Jerry Orbach, to coincide with the posthumous release of the book “Remember How I Love You: Love Letters from an Extraordinary Marriage” which is Jerry and his wife Elaine Orbach's autobiographical memoir, which recounts their thirty year marriage. The book includes a forward by Sam Waterston. The event will take place at The Snapple Theater Center on Monday, November 9, 2009 at 5:30 PM.

Broadway World reports that

Each morning before leaving their Hell's Kitchen apartment to report to the set of Law & Order, Jerry wrote Elaine a short poem for her to find upon waking. The poems were humorous, sweet and topical, focusing on the couple's morning rituals, their daily routine - whatever was on Jerry's mind. Combined, they tell the story of a marriage full of life and love. Elaine stored the poems in a soup tureen given to them by David Merrick and upon Jerry's death in 2004 began gathering her favorites into the collection that would eventually become Remember How I Love You. Elaine herself passed away unexpectedly on April 1, 2009 just as the book was completed.

At the event, a number of Jerry and Elaine's colleagues and friends will read select poems from the book including Alan Alda, Kelly Bishop, Lorraine Bracco, Jesse L. Martin, Donna McKechnie, Chita Rivera and Jerry Stiller, with more names to be announced. In addition, copies of the book signed by the participating celebrities will be sold with all proceeds benefitting Bideawee and The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration, Jerry and Elaine's favorite charities.

A limited number of advance premium tickets are now on sale and can be purchased for $50 each - with all proceeds benefitting Bideawee and The Eye-Bank - by calling The Snapple Theater Center box office at (212) 921-7862. In addition, 100 free tickets will be distributed to the public at The Snapple Theater Center box office beginning at 10 AM on the day of the event, with a maximum number of two tickets per person allowed. The Snapple Theater Center is located at 210 West 50th Street at Broadway.

The full article, which includes the story behind the book, Jerry and Elaine’s careers, details about the event and the benefitting charities, can be found at Broadway World.

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samfan said...

That is awesome!!!!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely tribute to their love. I remember hearing Jerry say that he did this little tucked note to Elaine thing every morning. I remember thinking what a wonderful way to keep marriage fresh and loving.

I had no idea that Elaine had passed. Together now in eternity, I imagine.