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She proudly tells me, “I started singing at 65.” And how old are you? “I’m 92,” she laughingly answered.

Yes, Estelle Reiner is indeed 92 and she’s still singing. She volunteered the information when I told her I’d received a notice from the Gardenia in Hollywood, noting that Estelle Reiner would be back with “An All New Show” — Dec. 1.

It seemed like I’d been receiving similar notices about Estelle for years — maybe 27 years?

“How many dates have you played?” I asked her.

“500 — maybe not quite that many.”

“Maybe you mean 100?”

“No,” she laughed — “500.”

Among the tunes in her “all new show” is the theme from “Where’s Poppa” the movie directed by husband Carl and features son Rob. (Carl and Estelle have been married 62 years).

Among the other songs she listed for me is a medley of songs from Mel Brooks films — “The Producers,” “High Anxiety,” and “Blazing Saddles.” And “I’ll Know” — from “Guys and Dolls,” “Marlon Brando sang it in the movie,” she told me, “and he sang it wonderfully, too!”

Marlon would have loved being at the Gardenia, Dec. 1, Estelle.

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