Mitzi Gussow, Improv Comedienne
Mitzi, 71, thrives on the interplay of ideas, picking up on whatever is thrown at her. "It's the best training for life you can imagine," she says. Gussow performs a couple of times per month with "the oldest improv troupe in the country" -- Late Bloomers. Says her director, Summer Golden, "What cracks you up is her facial expressions. And the way she goes risque. At her age!" Mitzi's only beef: men. "Once they pass 17, their egos get in the way. I like working with women. They're more generous, vulnerable, and open." But, 71? "Trust me. I'm ready for my close-up."