Versatile Broadway actress Elaine Stritch dies at 89
(CNN) — Actress Elaine Stritch, known for her brash persona, gravelly voice and versatility over seven decades on Broadway, died Thursday, longtime friend Julie Keyes told CNN. She was 89.
Stritch died at her Birmingham, Michigan, home early Thursday, surrounded by family, Keyes said.
Just 17 when she moved to New York to study acting, Stritch made her Broadway debut in 1946.
She was nominated for five Tony Awards and eight primetime Emmys over her long career. She did not win a Tony until her autobiographical one-woman show — “Elaine Stritch At Liberty” — won the 2002 special theatrical event Tony.
Her 2002 performance also won an Emmy after it was made into an HBO show. Stritch was awarded two other acting Emmys, including one for a guest star role on “Law & Order” and one for playing Alec Baldwin’s mother on “30 Rock.”
Stritch was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1925, but moved to New York City to study acting when she was 17.
Her Broadway debut came in “Loco,” a comedy that ran for just a month in October 1946. Her first musical role on Broadway came a year later in “Angel in the Wings.”
“The Ladies Who Lunch,” from Stephen Sondheim’s “Company,” became her signature song when she sang it on Broadway in 1971. The performance earned her a Tony actress nomination.
Her other Tony nominations came from “Bus Stop” in 1956 and “Sail Away” in 1962.
CNN’s Jane Caffrey contributed to this report.
By Alan Duke
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