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Elaine Stritch: A toast to a stage legend

17 July 2014 2:45 PM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

“I’d like to propose a toast.” They’re just six simple words introducing “The Ladies Who Lunch” in the musical Company, but they’re the six words that introduced the scene that got theater and cabaret audiences talking about Elaine Stritch, who died today at age 89.

This bit, which unfolds over about 12 minutes with the tension of an ace Hitchcock thriller, is about as apt a descriptor of Stritch’s legacy as any: In the benchmark 1971 D.A. Pennebaker documentary Company: Original Cast Album, Stritch famously tries to get through a marathon show album recording. Tugging at her hair with voice tired and weary, »

- Jason Clark

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Elaine Stritch, Broadway Legend and TV Star, Dies

17 July 2014 10:10 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Elaine Stritch - a showbiz survivor who at last became a household name in her 80s when she played Colleen Donaghy, the harridan mother of Alec Baldwin's Jack Donaghy, on TV's 30 Rock - died on Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Michigan, reports The New York Times. She was 89. Only last year, in failing health, she left New York to return to her home state of Michigan to be near relatives, though in the days leading up to her departure from her luxury Carlyle Hotel residence, The Times chronicled her nearly every hiccup - she was such a fixture of the city. »

- Stephen M. Silverman

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Jimmy Fallon and Jon Hamm Photobomb Tourists

11 March 2014 11:40 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Goofy bros photobombing your family's vacation pictures are never fun – unless those two bros are Jimmy Fallon and Jon Hamm. On Monday, the Tonight Show host and Mad Men star took to the top of Rockefeller Center where they inaugurated the Tonight Show's "Celebrity Photobomb" segment, "ruining" photos visitors were told would appear on NBC's Top of the Rock website ("We were lying," cracked Fallon).

Fallon and Hamm started small with run-of-the-mill goofy faces, but soon upped the ante with chest-bumps, high-fives and piggy back rides, all without attracting »

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