New Jersey Stage 2017: Issue 5 - Page 111

they laughed and I knew they had heard me. They had adjust- ed their hearing. “They say when you lose one arm the other gets twice as strong. I think that’s what hap- pened. My concentration got stronger. My voice didn’t get stronger, but my concentration did. That was the best night of my life. They gave a seven or eight minute standing ovation. We cried and they cried. In the audience were two women I had worked with - Silvia Sidney and Helen Hayes. Sidney turned to Helen and said, ‘have you ever been to the theatre where you’ve seen so much love come from the audience to the stage and back?’ And Helen Hayes said, ‘I’ve never seen so much love in the theatre.’ Later that night we went to a party where Tony introduced me as the gutsi- est son of a bitch. I said no, I’m the luckiest son of a bitch. To have friends like Tony and an au- dience who understood where I was and that it was the begin- David Saint with Paul Dooley and Jack Klugman. Photo by Gary Wien NJ STAGE 2017 - Vol. 4 No. 5 INDEX NEXT ARTICLE 111