Elaine Stritch in her dressing room at the Savoy Theatre, London in 1973. Born in Detroit, Stritch ironically attended finishing school before landing the abrasive, tough-as-nails roles for which she became known.
Stritch was the star of the Broadway hit “Sail Away,” in a role Noel Coward wrote for her.
Opening night of “Company”
She was Tony-nominated for her performance as Joanne in “Company.” Her relationship with Stephen Sondheim would continue as she sang “I’m Still Here” in her 2002 solo show and performed in a 2010 revue of his tunes called “At Home at the Carlyle: Elaine Stritch Singin’ Sondheim…One Song at a Time.”
“A Delicate Balance”
Stritch’s role as the drunk yet lucid Claire in “A Delicate Balance” earned her a 1996 Tony nomination for best actress.
“Elaine Stritch at Liberty”
“Elaine Stritch at Liberty” won the actress the 2002 Tony for special theatrical event. In the show she talked candidly about battling the bottle and her colorful, albeit destructive, love life.
Late in her career, Stritch was memorable for her recurring role on NBC’s “30 Rock” as the crusty, goofy mother to Alec Baldwin’s character, drawing five nominations for the role and winning in 2007.
Elaine Stritch at home at the Carlyle Hotel in 2010
She lived at New York’s Carlyle Hotel for 15 years. In 2013 she relocated to her home state of Michigan.
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“At Home at the Carlyle: Elaine Stritch Singin’ Sondheim…One Song at a Time”
Stritch became a featured act at the hotel's famous Cafe Carlyle in 2005 and played a string of cabaret shows there, wearing her signature look: white blouse and black stockings. She paid tribute to Stephen Sondheim in 2010 with “At Home at the Carlyle: Elaine Stritch Singin’ Sondheim…One Song at a Time.”
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“A Little Night Music”
Elaine Stritch last appeared on Broadway in 2010 replacing Angela Lansbury in “A Little Night Music.”
“Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me”
Chiemi Karasawa’s documentary “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me” followed the star as she contemplated retirement and her mortality before her 87th birthday. The film played at the Tribeca Film Festival and was picked up by Sundance Selects.