It was such a joy and, indeed, a pleasure to have finally met Tony winner Linda Hopkins (“Inner City”) at a restaurant in Santa Monica, California. Ms. Hopkins received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005. Of all her musical performances, I asked the eighty-four-year-old stroke survivor which was her favorite. “Me and Bessie!” she said with no hesitation. Her portrayal of blues great Bessie Smith was extraordinary. “I’ve lived a long life and have no regrets,” Ms. Hopkins later told me.