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Brassy Broadway legend, Elaine Stritch, dies

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Actress Elaine Stritch, renowned Broadway actress has died at 89. (Source: Greg Hernandez/WikiCommons) Actress Elaine Stritch, renowned Broadway actress has died at 89. (Source: Greg Hernandez/WikiCommons)

(RNN) – Broadway and Hollywood legend Elaine Stritch died Thursday in her home in Birmingham, MI. She was 89 years old.

Stritch was born in Detroit on Feb. 2, 1925. She studied acting with Marlon Brando at the New School’s Dramatic Workshop in New York, according to Variety.

Stritch’s career spanned more than seven decades and included stints on television, in movies and on Broadway. On performing, Stritch once said that, “it’s truly an emotional need for me to perform.”

Her lengthy career on Broadway was marked by her decades-long association with composer Stephen Sondheim. Her most memorable performance was as Joanne, the acerbic, cynical society woman in Sondheim’s 1970 musical, Company. Her vodka-soaked anthem in the show, “The Ladies who Lunch,” became her signature song and earned her a Tony nomination.

Some of her other theatrical performances included Pal Joey, Call Me Madam, Sail Away, The King and I, Bus Stop, Show Boat and Mame.

Stritch was nominated for five Tony Awards. Her one-woman show, Elaine Stritch at Liberty won a Tony for Best Special Theatrical Event. It also won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show.

During her lengthy career, Stritch appeared on many television shows, including Law and Order, the Edge of Night, Wagon Train, Pollyanna, and The Cosby Show. She even appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Most recently, the sharp-tongued actress played the role of Colleen Donaghy, the mother of Alec Baldwin’s character, Jack, on 30 Rock. She won an Emmy for that role in 2007.

Her television work garnered her eight Emmy nominations. She won three. Stritch also earned a Best Spoken World Album for Children Grammy for her narration of The Best Halloween Ever.

Stritch also appeared on the big screen with roles in films including A Farewell to Arms, September, Cadillac Man, Monster-in-Law, Small Time Crooks, and Autumn in New York.

Stritch was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1995.

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