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Elaine Stritch Dead: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Actress and singer Elaine Stritch died at home in Birmingham, Michigan, her friend Julie Keyes confirmed to The New York Times. She was 89.

Elaine made her career on the Broadway stage, but was later known for her role as Alec Baldwin’s mother on the NBC comedy 30 Rock.


1.Stritch Quit Smoking and Drinking in Her Sixties

The surly actress enjoyed her late nights with smoking and drinking, according to The New York Times. She told a Times reporter in 1968 about her fondness for having fun and drinking:

I’m not a bit opposed to your mentioning in this article that Frieda Fun here has had a reputation in the theater, for the past five or six years, for drinking. I drink and I love to drink, and it’s part of my life.


2. Strich Famously Lived at the Carlyle Hotel in New York City for Years

Before moving to Michigan last year, Stritch lived in the Carlyle Hotel for her last several years in New York. She moved out of Michigan in 1942 and felt it was time to move back due to her diabetes, memory problems, hip replacement and eye troubles, according to The New Yorker.

She gave her final live performances at the Cafe Carlyle in April 2013 where she sang her favorite Broadway tunes and told stories of her life and career. Guests such as Mandy Patinkin, Liza Minnelli, Tony Bennett, Bernadette Peters and Tom Hanks came out to see her one last time. She finished each show with the song “All My Tomorrows” (watch her perform it above).


3. She Received Five Emmy Nominations for Her 30 Rock Role

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Stritch played Colleen Donaghy on 30 Rock, the mother of Alec Baldwin’s Jack Donaghy. She made nine appearances, and received an Emmy nominations from 2007-2010 and again in 2013. She won for her performance in 2007.


4. She Won a Tony for Her One-Woman Show in 2002

Stritch made her Broadway debut in 1946 in the comedy Loco. She received Tony nominations for her roles in William Inge’s 1955 play Bus Stop, Noel Coward’s 1961 musical Sail Away, Stephen Sondheim’s 1970 musical Company and the 1996 revival of Edward Albee’s play A Delicate Balance.

She received her first and only Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event in 2002 for her one-woman show Elaine Stritch at Liberty. The show ran from Nov. 7 to Dec. 30, 2001. Stritch wore her signature men’s white buttoned-town shirt with black leggings and high heels in a performance where she illustrated her life and career through spoken word and song.

Watch Stritch talk about her failed audition for the NBC’s comedy The Golden Girls in the video above.


5. She Released Her Documentary Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me in 2013

Stritch documented her 70 years in show business in the film Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me. Celebrity pals Cherry Jones, Nathan Lane, Harold Prince, John Turturro, George C. Wolfe and James Gandolfini. The movie included Stritch’s final appearance on 30 Rock and interviewed her co-stars Baldwin and Tina Fey.

Elaine Stritch Dead: All the Memes & GIFs You Need to See

Broadway and television star Elaine Stritch died today at age 89. Celebrate her life from Sondheim to 30 Rock with these memes, both funny and endearing.

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