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Broadway legend & TV star Elaine Stritch dies, aged 89

Broadway legend & TV star Elaine Stritch dies, aged 89

LAST UPDATED // Friday, 18 July 2014 11:58 Written by // Andrew Shaw

Tony and Emmy award-winning Broadway star and singer Elaine Stritch died at her home in Birmingham, Michigan, yesterday.

Stritch, whose career spanned over six decades, starred in musicals, non-musical dramas, solo cabaret shows, television, and movies.

She began her acting career in 1940 when she came to New York City to pursue her dreams.

She was in the original performer cast in the role of Joanne in Stephen Sondheim's Company (1970) on Broadway, and Woody Allen cast her as the former movie star mother in September (1987).

Elaine Stritch sings 'Ladies Who Lunch'

Throughout her career, she won six Primetime Emmy nominations and three wins for her roles on Law and Order and 30 Rock (as Jack Donaghy’s bitchy mother Colleen).

She won her only Tony following four nominations for her 2002 one-woman show, Elaine Stritch at Liberty which she performed on Broadway. The show was a memoir that told the story of her long battle with alcoholism: in 1968, she told the New York Times: “I drink, and I love to drink, and it’s part of my life.”

Last year, in failing health, she left her luxury Carlyle Hotel residence in New York to return to her home state of Michigan to be near relatives.


Andrew Shaw

Andrew Shaw

Andrew Shaw is editor of Queensland Pride.

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