1. Elaine Stritch died at her home in Birmingham, Michigan on Thursday, July 17. She was 89.
3. The charismatic actress who began her career in 1940 starred in Broadway hits including “Elaine Stritch at Liberty” and “Show Boat,” and was nominated for multiple Tonys and Emmys, winning three of the latter.
The actress performing in “Elaine Stritch At Liberty” in 2002.
4. In recent years, Stritch was a beloved recurring character on the NBC comedy, 30 Rock, playing the bossy, goofy mother to Alec Baldwin’s character. She won an Emmy for the role in 2007.
5. One of her most memorable appearances was in the in the Sondheim musical Company where she famously sang “The Ladies Who Lunch.”
The song became her signature tune.
6. In 2013, the actress was profiled in a feature documentary, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me as she reached her 87th year.
The film was a funny and poignant portrait of the Broadway legend in which she shared her struggles with aging, diabetes and alcoholism.
She also appeared in movies such as Woody Allen’s September and Small Time Crooks.