Elaine Kaufman: Hostess to the Stars

Elaine Kaufman, who died Friday at the age of 81, was the beloved matriarch of the Upper East Side hot spot Elaine’s, where Woody Allen, Jackie Kennedy, and countless boldfaced names were regulars. In an excerpt from his book Everyone Comes to Elaine’s, A.E. Hotchner pays tribute to Manhattan’s favorite restaurateur.

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Dennis Stein and Elaine Kaufman

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Elaine Kaufman and George Plimpton

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Liz Smith, Elaine Kaufman, and Kitty Carlisle Hart

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Ed Koch, Ron Rosenbaum, and Elaine Kaufman

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Woody Allen and Elaine Kaufman

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Ester Margolis, Elaine Kaufman, Frank McCourt

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Elaine Kaufman, Tony Shafrazi, Stephanie Seymour, Peter Brant

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Richard Johnson, Elaine Kaufman, Bill Maher