Elaine Stritch dies at 89
Broadway legend Elaine Stritch—best known for her acerbic performances in plays and musicals including Company, A Little Night Music, and her award-winning one-woman show Elaine Stritch at Liberty—has died, the New York Times reports. She was 89.
Stritch spent nearly 70 years performing on the stage and screen; contemporary audiences may know her best as Colleen Donaghy, the sharp-tongued mother of Alec Baldwin’s character on 30 Rock. She won an Emmy for playing that role in 2007—her third such award, following statuettes for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her work on Law & Order in 1993 and Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety Program for Elaine Stritch at Liberty in 2004. Stritch was also nominated for four Tony awards; in 2002, at Liberty won the Tony for Best Special Theatrical Event, as well as the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show.
A full obituary is in the works; in the meantime, celebrate Stritch by watching her perform her two signature songs, “The Ladies Who Lunch” and “I’m Still Here” (both by Stephen Sondheim):