Restaurateur Elaine Kaufman Dies at 82

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Elaine Kaufman, the woman who opened the famous Elaine's retaurant in NYC, died Friday at the age of 81. She died of complications from emphysema.

Elaine's is one of Manhattan's most well-known restaurants, serving writers, actors, athletes and a ton of other celebs since its opening in 1963.

“I’ve lived just about the most perfect life,” Ms. Kaufman said in 1998. “I’ve had the best time. If I wanted to do something, I did it. Designers designed my clothes and did my apartment, I had house seats for the theater; I was invited to screenings and book parties. I’ve had fun; what else can you ask in life?”

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