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Zelda Kaplan on Dancing and Living at 87

From: Blank on Blank
Series: Blank on Blank
Length: 05:09

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87-year old Zelda Kaplan:"I am very interested in fashion. I like to look nice. I still love to dance. My friends are dead. ... So with whom should I go out? If I don’t go out with young people, who else is there?"

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Zelda Kaplan was 87 when we met at a bar in Manhattan. It was around 6PM. But her day wasn't ending. Her night was just beginning. After we met for a drink she was off to a fashion show. Then dinner. And dancing at a hot nightclub after that. Its the legend of Zelda. She’ll make you smile. 

INTERVIEW NOTES 

- The Date: Spring 2003 

- The Scene: Irish pub, New York City 

- The Source: Minidisc recorder 

- The Story: Profile originally ran in The L Magazine. 

 

 

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Zelda Kaplan was 87 when we met at a bar in Manhattan. It was around 6PM. But her day wasn't ending. Her night was just beginning. After we met for a drink she was off to a fashion show. Then dinner. And dancing at a hot nightclub after that. Its the legend of Zelda. She’ll make you smile. 

INTERVIEW NOTES 

- The Date: Spring 2003 

- The Scene: Irish pub, New York City 

- The Source: Minidisc recorder 

- The Story: Profile originally ran in The L Magazine. 

 

 

Transcript

David Gerlach: This is Blank on Blank. I'm David Gerlach. And thanks for listening as we partner with journalists and interviewers, writers and authors, to build an archive of American interviews. Today’s conversation speaks for itself. Zelda Kaplan was 87 when we sat down. She’s now 94 and when we met at a bar in Manhattan her night was just beginning. She was getting ready for one of her usual forays into the city. A night out that made my so-called social life look pretty lame. Just one example why: after we left the bar, we went to the street and hailed a cab. I was heading home and she was going downtown; She had a fitting for an upcoming fashion show. Zelda, she’ll make you smile. This is Blank on Blank

Song: 42nd Street Original Broadway Cast "Lullaby of Broadway (42nd Street)"

Zelda Kaplan: Here I am very old. Now I’m past 87. I’ll be 88. Here I am running around and I am very...
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Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Lullaby of Broadway (42nd Street) 42nd Street Original Broadway Cast 04:59
You Make me Feel So Young Joni James :00
Cheek to Cheek Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald Ella & Louis. Polygram Records :00

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