Actress Elaine Stritch dies at 89

Actress Elaine Stritch attends the 'Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me' screening at Paley Center For Media on February 19, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

Actress Elaine Stritch dies at 89

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Jul 17, 2014

Actress and singer Elaine Stritch, who conquered Broadway, films and TV, died Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Alabama, at the age of 89. Her friend, Julie Keyes, confirmed the news to The New York Times, which describes Stritch as a “brassy, tart-tongued” actress who was “perhaps the leading interpreter of Stephen Sondheim’s wryly acrid musings on aging.” 

Before moving to Birmingham last year, Stritch lived for many years at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan, the Times reports.
In her nearly 70-year career. Stritch appeared in films such as Woody Allen’s “September” (1987) and “Small Time Crooks” (2000), as well as “Cocoon: The Return” (1988), “Cadillac Man” (1990), “Autumn in New York” (2000), and “Monster-in-Law” (2005). Her television series included “My Sister Eileen,” “Wagon Train,” and most recently, NBC’s “30 Rock,” where she played the crotchety mother of Alec Baldwin’s character. She also made guest appearances on “The Cosby Show,” “Head of the Class,” “Law & Order,” “Oz” and “3rd Rock from the Sun.”
On Broadway, she appeared in “Pal Joey,” “Goldilocks,” “Sail Away,” “Bus Stop,” “Company,” “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” “A Delicate Balance” “Endgame” and “Show Boat.” She earned multiple Tony nominations.
A one-woman show titled “Elaine Stritch at Liberty” became a Broadway smash, according to The Times. The show won a Tony Award for best special theatrical event. When “Elaine Stritch at Liberty” was broadcast on HBO in 2004, Stritch added an Emmy to her collection of awards, the Times reports.
She made her final Broadway appearance in 2010, the Times reports, replacing Angela Lansbury in a Broadway revival of “A Little Night Music.”
“In April 2013, before she left the Carlyle, in whose cabaret lounge, Café Carlyle, she had frequently performed, she gave one last show: ‘Elaine Stritch at the Carlyle: Movin’ Over and Out,’” according to The New York Times. “A documentary about her, ‘Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me,’ was released this year.”
No cause of death has been reported.
Phyllis Stark

Phyllis Stark

Email Facebook Twitter
Phyllis Stark is the Digital Executive Producer - National Content for Scripps Media.