"John, here’s twenty bucks. Do me a favor and screw up my name so they’ll still be talking about me tomorrow on Twitter. My show needs the publicity."
[Terrance McNally’s] life and career began to change course in 1980, at Stephen Sondheim’s 50th birthday party, where Mr. McNally — in his cups as usual — spilled a drink on Lauren Bacall, who was not amused.
“Then someone I hardly knew, Angela Lansbury, waved me over to where she was sitting,” he said. “And she said, ‘I just want to say, I don’t know you very well, but every time I see you, you’re drunk, and it bothers me.’ I was so upset. She was someone I revered, and she said this with such love and concern. I went to an A.A. meeting, and within a year, I had stopped drinking.”