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Elaine Stritch (1925–2014)

A brash, incorrigible scene-stealer now entering her sixth decade in a career that has had many highs and lows, veteran Elaine Stritch certainly lives up to the Stephen Sondheim song "I'm Still Here". Having stolen so many moments on stage that she could be convicted of grand larceny, this tough old broad broaching 80 with the still-shapely legs, ... See full bio »

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Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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One Life to Live
One Life to Live Wilma Bern #2 (1993)
ParaNorman Grandma
Autumn in New York
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 2014 Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja (TV Series)
- Fudge Factory/Best Buds (2014) ... Ruth (voice)
 2014 River of Fundament
 2012 ParaNorman
Grandma (voice)
 2004/I Paradise (TV Movie)
 2003 Life's a Bitch (TV Series)
 2000 Autumn in New York
 2000 Small Time Crooks
Chi Chi Potter
 2000 EGG, the Arts Show (TV Series)
- A Day at the Met ... Narrator
 1998 Oz (TV Series)
Judge Grace Lema
- Losing Your Appeal (1998) ... Judge Grace Lema
 1998 An Unexpected Life (TV Movie)
Lucinda Sadwich
 1998 Soul Man (TV Series)
Mrs. Foster
- Grabbed by an Angel (1998) ... Mrs. Foster
 1997 Out to Sea
Mavis LaBreche
 1992-1997 Law & Order (TV Series)
Lanie Stieglitz
 1995 Bless This House (TV Series)
- Misery on 34th Street (1995) ... Sheila
 1991 Chance of a Lifetime (TV Movie)
 1991 An Inconvenient Woman (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1991) ... Rose
- Episode #1.1 (1991) ... Rose
 1990 The Secret Life of Archie's Wife (TV Movie)
Rowena Sharphorn
 1990 Steel Magnolias (TV Movie)
Ouiser Boudreaux
 1990 Cadillac Man
 1990 Sparks: The Price of Passion (TV Movie)
Marti Sparks
 1989-1990 The Cosby Show (TV Series)
Mrs. McGee
- Mr. Sandman (1990) ... Mrs. McGee
- Cliff la Dolce (1989) ... Mrs. McGee
- Shall We Dance? (1989) ... Mrs. McGee
 1990 Head of the Class (TV Series)
Mrs. Hartman
- From Hair to Eternity: Part 2 (1990) ... Mrs. Hartman
- From Hair to Eternity: Part 1 (1990) ... Mrs. Hartman
 1988 Tattinger's (TV Series)
- Rest in Peas (1988) ... Franny
 1987 September
 1986 Stranded (TV Movie)
 1983 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Dr. Mary Gerrard
- Supernurse (1983) ... Dr. Mary Gerrard
 1981 Christmas Spirits (TV Movie)
Julia Myerson
 1980/II Nobody's Perfect (TV Series)
Bill Hooper
 1979-1980 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
Pamela Beauchamp / Mary Pearl
- My Lady Love, My Dove (1980) ... Pamela Beauchamp
- William and Mary (1979) ... Mary Pearl
 1979 Jackanory (TV Series)
 1975 Shades of Greene (TV Series)
- Two Gentle People (1975) ... Patience
 1975 The Spiral Staircase
 1974 The President's Last Tape (TV Movie)
 1974 Funny Ha-Ha (TV Series)
On-screen participant
- Don't Blame Us! (1974) ... On-screen participant
 1974 Dial M for Murder (TV Series)
- If You Knew Susie (1974) ... Geneva
 1973 Pollyanna (TV Mini-Series)
Aunt Polly
- Episode #1.6 (1973) ... Aunt Polly
- Episode #1.5 (1973) ... Aunt Polly
- Episode #1.4 (1973) ... Aunt Polly
- Episode #1.3 (1973) ... Aunt Polly
- Episode #1.2 (1973) ... Aunt Polly
 1971 The Powder Room (TV Movie)
 1970 Pigeons
Tough Lady
 1968 One Life to Live (TV Series)
Wilma Bern #2 (1993)
 1965 Who Killed Teddy Bear
Marian Freeman
 1963 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Irma Downey
- The Witch of the East Wing (1963) ... Irma Downey
 1960 Art Carney Special (TV Series)
- Three in One (1960)
 1960 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Tracy Sadler
- The Tracy Sadler Story (1960) ... Tracy Sadler
 1959 Kiss Her Goodbye
Marge Carson
 1959 Adventures in Paradise (TV Series)
Ethel Forester
- Haunted (1959) ... Ethel Forester
 1959 True Story (TV Series)
Lois Kirby
- Episode dated 22 August 1959 (1959) ... Lois Kirby
 1958 The Perfect Furlough
Liz Baker
 1958 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
- The Left-Handed Welcome (1958) ... Shirley
 1958 Climax! (TV Series)
Kristie Crane
- The Disappearance of Daphne (1958) ... Kristie Crane
 1957 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
- He's for Me (1957) ... Laura
 1956 Three Violent People
Ruby LaSalle
 1956 The Edge of Night (TV Series)
Mrs. DeGroot (1984)
 1956 The Scarlet Hour
Phyllis Rycker
 1955 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
- Coming of Age (1955)
 1955 Appointment with Adventure (TV Series)
 1953-1955 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
Guest Star
- Beloved Stranger (1955) ... Guest Star
- Here's Father (1954)
 1954 The Motorola Television Hour (TV Series)
Hazel Beck
- The Family Man (1954) ... Hazel Beck
 1953 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
 1948 The Growing Paynes (TV Series)
Laraine Payne (1949)
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She played Joanne in the musical, "Company," at the Hanna Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio with George Chakiris (Robert); Louisa Flanigam, Robert Goss, Marian Hailey, Del Hinkley, Ann Johnson, Jane A. Johnston, Bobbi Jordan, Carolyn Kirsch, Gary Krawford, Bernie McInerney, Marti Stevens, and George Wallace in the cast. Stephen ... See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 11 Articles | See more »


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I was twelve, and my dad and sisters were downstairs in the living room having cocktails. My dad made what must have been a strong whiskey sour, and he gave me half. And a star was born! See more »


Stritch was unapologetically a mass of contradictions, as irascible as she was soft, as frugal as she was generous. One minute she was stuffing fruit in her Bendel's bag from a table display at a fancy dinner party - "I need fruit," - she shouted, as though strictly following doctor's orders, the next she was ushering a homeless man into the back kitchen of a fancy Italian restaurant on Madison ... See more »


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