WASHINGTON: On Thursday, Elaine Stritch, a gruff-voiced actress whose performances over six decades lit up New York’s Broadway and London’s West End and brought a trace of the profane to the stage with her brassy personality, passed away at age 89.
Stritch, who also had Emmy-winning roles on the television shows “30 Rock” and “Law & Order,” passed away at home in Birmingham, Michigan, a suburb of her native Detroit, from natural causes, her representatives stated.
Stritch was more or less recognized with New York that the city’s Landmarks Conservancy declared her a living landmark in 2003. Stritch initially went to New York in 1944 at age 17 to attend completing school. She turned engrossed in the world stage and studied at Stella Adler’s acting school, where Marlon Brando and Walter Matthau were acquaintances.
Remarkable Broadway performances included “Pal Joey” and “Bus Stop,” which made her the first of five Tony nominations, and “Sail Away.”
Elaine 2002 one-woman show “Elaine Stritch: At Liberty” won her a Tony, as easily as an Emmy for the version that aired on cable’s HBO. Onstage, her costume – a man’s white Oxford shirt worn over black tights – showed off her dancer’s legs. She was blunt about her battles with alcohol, singing about how she drank before taking the stagecoach.
On Friday night, the Broadway League pronounced it will blur the lights on Broadway to honor Stritch.