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Stars Line Up for Elaine Stritch Tribute

16 October 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

George C. Wolfe, who directed the 2002 Tony-winning solo show Elaine Stritch at Liberty, will stage an all-star tribute to the incomparable Broadway diva, titled Everybody, Rise! A Celebration of Elaine Stritch. The one-time-only show will take place Nov. 17 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in New York, with a limited number of tickets to be made available to the public on the day of the event. Performers and theater luminaries scheduled to participate include Betty Buckley, Bernadette Peters, Christine Ebersole, Patti LuPone, Hal Prince and Michael Feinstein, with other names expected to join the lineup. Read more

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10 Necessary Documentaries About Funny People

9 September 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

When Joan Rivers died last week, a common refrain resounded throughout the movie sphere of Twitter: “Watch Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work.” It was good advice. Anyone who wants to understand her importance as a media figure, or just as a person, would do well to check out that documentary. And after seeing it, you might have a hankering to check out more docs about entertainers who are devoted to making people laugh. Here are ten, including the Rivers film, to catch up with: Elaine Stritch at Liberty (2002) and Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2013) The Broadway legend kept working right up until her death earlier this year. At Liberty is Elaine Stritch in her own words, a filmed version of her acclaimed one-woman show. She won an Emmy for her riotous recounting of her life and work, a two-hour cavalcade of memories shot by a team of directors led by D.A. Pennebaker and Chris HegedusShoot Me »

- Nonfics.com

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Daily | Elaine Stritch, 1925 – 2014

20 July 2014 6:03 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

When, in 2002, the one-woman show Elaine Stritch at Liberty moved to Broadway from the Public Theater, Marc Peyser, writing for Newsweek, noted that it'd "acquired the credit 'Constructed by John Lahr. Reconstructed by Elaine Stritch.' 'The reconstruction means I had the last say,' she says. 'Damn right I did.'" Stritch passed away on Thursday, and the following day, John Lahr wrote for the New Yorker: "Elaine Stritch’s death, at the age of 89, marks the end of an era—the end of old-school, succeed-or-die, knock-’em-dead, Broadway show-biz. We collect remembrances from, among others, Woody Allen: "I was crazy about her." » - David Hudson »

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Stage And Screen Legend Elaine Stritch Dies At 89

17 July 2014 3:46 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Elaine Stritch, one of the most unforgettable and acerbically funny actors of the Broadway stage, as well as the big and small screen, died at her home in Birmingham, Mich., on Thursday. She was 89.

A brash and beautiful presence who infused audiences with laughter even into her late eighties, Stritch is perhaps best known to young audiences as Colleen Donaghy, the mother of Alec Baldwin’s character on 30 Rock. Since the early 1950s, the actress had been entertaining audiences on the New York stage, racking up four Tony nominations. She was such a titan of Broadway that in 2003, in the late prime of her career, the New York Landmarks Conservancy declared Stritch a “Living Landmark.” She also won three Emmy awards between 1993 and 2007.

On Broadway, she was best known for her performance as Joanne in the Stephen Sondheim-penned musical Company and for stealing the show in Noel Coward’s »

- Jordan Adler

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Remembering Elaine Stritch: 6 Things You Probably Didn't Know About the Broadway Icon

17 July 2014 2:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

An acid tongue, a tart persona and an arch sense of humor were the hallmarks of Elaine Stritch's career, which spanned some 60 years and hopped from stage to screen and back. The 89-year-old Broadway legend died of natural causes Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Michigan, leaving behind a body of work that included heralded stints on Broadway in, among others, the 1952 revival of Pal Joey, Noël Coward's 1961 musical Sail Away, and the groundbreaking 1970 production of Company. Although newer fans might most easily recognize her for playing the mother of Alec Baldwin's Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock, Stritch »

- Thom Geier

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Remembering Elaine Stritch: 6 Things You Probably Didn't Know About the Broadway Icon

17 July 2014 2:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

An acid tongue, a tart persona and an arch sense of humor were the hallmarks of Elaine Stritch's career, which spanned some 60 years and hopped from stage to screen and back. The 89-year-old Broadway legend died of natural causes Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Michigan, leaving behind a body of work that included heralded stints on Broadway in, among others, the 1952 revival of Pal Joey, Noël Coward's 1961 musical Sail Away, and the groundbreaking 1970 production of Company. Although newer fans might most easily recognize her for playing the mother of Alec Baldwin's Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock, Stritch »

- Thom Geier

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Elaine Stritch a career in clips

17 July 2014 1:51 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

From Sondheim to 30 Rock, Elaine Stritch commanded audiences' attention. Here she is at her best

In pictures: an incorrigible scene-stealer

Emma Brockes: 'a personality polished to a furious shine'

Stritch interview: 'I'm a do-it-myself kind of broad'

Obituary: 'feisty, quick-witted star'

Elaine Stritch, who has died aged 89, was a visceral, volatile performer with more honest-to-god personality than a kick line of ingenues. Here are some clips that sum up one of Broadway's loudest, saltiest, most spirited voices.

Stritch first made her mark in the 1952 revival of Pal Joey, selling the hell out of the comic song Zip. Here's a clip from Elaine Stritch at Liberty in which she performs without the benefit of trousers: "Zip! I'm a little hectic." Were truer words ever sung? (Honestly, if you have the time, the whole of At Liberty is worth a watch.)

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- Alexis Soloski

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Rip Elaine Stritch

17 July 2014 1:28 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Elaine Stritch, a 5-time Tony nominated Broadway legend and a recurring character on TV’s 30 Rock, passed away this morning at the age of 89.

Stritch made her Broadway debut in 1946 for the production Loco and had since starred in productions by William Inge, Noel Coward and Stephen Sondheim. In 1995 she was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame. She finally a Tony for her one-woman show Elaine Stritch at Liberty, recanting stories of her time on Broadway and struggles with alcoholism.

More recently, Stritch was profiled in the documentary Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me and won her third Emmy in 2007 for playing Jack Donaghy’s mother Colleen.

 

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- Brian Welk

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Elaine Stritch, Broadway Star and '30 Rock' Fan Favorite, Dies at 89

17 July 2014 12:08 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Beloved actress Elaine Stritch, a Broadway legend who in recent years earned attention for a brilliant recurring role on 30 Rock, died Thursday in her home in Birmingham, Michigan, The New York Times reports. She was 89.

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Stritch began her career in the mid-40s and arrived on Broadway in 1946 in the show Loco; but her career began to truly take off in the 1952 revival of Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart and John O'Hara's Pal Joey. In 1961 she picked up her third Tony nomination for her staring role in the musical, »

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Acting Legend Elaine Stritch Dead At 89, A Family Friend Shares Her Memories

17 July 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

Iconic actress and singer Elaine Stritch died at her home in Birmingham, Mich. on Thursday. She was 89 years old. Recent fans may know her best as the Jack Donaghy’s brash mother on 30 Rock, but her extensive career goes back to the 1940s. With her work spanning across television, film, and Broadway, she truly embodied the role of the performer.

Prior to returning to her home state due to ill health last year, Stritch was a fixture of New York City — in fact, the New York Landmarks Conservancy declared her a Living Landmark in 2003. She ruled Broadway with an iron voice, starting off as an understudy for the equally brassy Ethel Merman in 1950′s Call Me Madam. From there her star continued to ascend, taking roles in William Inge’s 1955 drama Bus Stop, Noël Coward‘s 1961 Sail Away, and Stephen Sondheim‘s 1970 musical Company, singing the immortal “Ladies Who Lunch. »

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Elaine Stritch obituary

17 July 2014 11:21 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Feisty, quick-witted actor and singer acclaimed as the 'first lady of Broadway'

From Sondheim to 30 Rock: Stritch's career in clips

Stritch interview: 'I'm a do-it-myself kind of broad'

In pictures: an incorrigible scene-stealer

During her seven decades as an actor and singer, Elaine Stritch, who has died aged 89, became indelibly associated with three songs written by her favourite collaborator, Stephen Sondheim. These numbers all featured in the Tony award-winning autobiographical one-woman show, Elaine Stritch at Liberty (2001), which she performed to great acclaim in the Us and the UK. Each lyric captured key aspects of her career and personality.

I'm Still Here, from Sondheim's 1971 musical Follies, was the defiant anthem of a showbiz trouper who had survived professional failures, private crises and changing fashions to remain in demand into old age. Although originally written for a character whom Stritch never played in a full theatrical version, Sondheim's lines about the progress of an acting career "First, »

- Mark Lawson

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Elaine Stritch Dead at 89: Anna Kendrick, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and More Remember the Broadway Icon

17 July 2014 10:59 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Elaine Stritch has died at the age of 89. The Emmy and Tony winner passed away Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich. Born in Detroit in 1925, Stritch got her start in show business on Broadway in the 1940s. She starred in over 40 Broadway productions, including Sail Away, Show Boat, Follies, The Full Monty and A Little Night Musical. Her one-woman show Elaine Stritch at Liberty won the Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event. In recent years, Stritch was known for starring on 30 Rock as Colleen Donaghy, the hilariously bossy and overbearing mother of Alec Baldwin's character Jack Donaghy. In addition to her Tony win, Stritch has won three Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Guest Actress for Law »

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Elaine Stritch Dead at 89

17 July 2014 10:39 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

After a long, full, and varied career and a long, full, and varied life, Elaine Stritch passed away this morning. She was 89. Born in Detroit on February 2, 1925, Stritch left Michigan for New York to study at the New School's Dramatic Workshop alongside classmates Marlon Brando and Bea Arthur. She made her stage debut in 1944 and her Broadway debut in 1946, in Loco. She'd go on to a legendary stage career that included five Tony nominations, with her finally winning her first in 2002 for her one-woman show Elaine Stritch at Liberty. She is maybe best known for originating the role of Joanne in Stephen Sondheim's 1970 musical Company. (Read a full, wonderful timeline of here career here.)Stritch, of course, had many notable roles in TV and movies, leading her to eight Emmy nominations and three wins. Most recently, she is possibly best known for playing Jack Donaghy's cantankerous »

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Elaine Stritch Dead -- Broadway Star & '30 Rock' Actress Dies At 89

17 July 2014 10:15 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Broadway actress Elaine Stritch -- who also starred in movies and TV shows including "30 Rock" -- has died at her home in Birmingham, Michigan.  She was 89 years old.Stritch had a 70-year career in show business. Her one-woman show, "Elaine Stritch at Liberty" earned her a Tony award in 2001 -- but most recently she played Alec Baldwin's mother on "30 Rock." She won an Emmy for that role.Some of her biggest Broadway productions include »

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Elaine Stritch, Broadway Legend and TV Star, Dies

17 July 2014 10:10 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com 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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Elaine Stritch, Broadway Legend and Three-Time Emmy Winner, Dead at 89

17 July 2014 10:02 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Elaine Stritch, a Broadway legend who won three Primetime Emmy Awards in the latter part of her career, died this morning at the age of 89, according to Entertainment Tonight.

While the actress and singer made her name on the Great White Way — scoring five Tony nominations from 1955 to 2001, including a win for her one-woman show Elaine Stritch at Liberty — TV fans might best remember her as Colleen Donaghy, irascible mother of Alec Baldwin’s network chief Jack on 30 Rock.

Stritch scored five Emmy nominations as Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for the 30 Rock role, and took home the statuette »

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Elaine Stritch, Acerbic Tony and Emmy Winner, Dies at 89

17 July 2014 10:01 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Actress Elaine Stritch, star of Broadway hits including “Elaine Stritch at Liberty” and “Show Boat,” who was nominated for multiple Tonys and Emmys, winning three of the latter, has died. She was 89.

Stritch, an atypical star of stage and screen known for her association with Stephen Sondheim, quickly gained a reputation for the worldly, acerbic wit that often defined her characters. In her one-woman show “Elaine Stritch at Liberty,” Stritch talked candidly about battling the bottle and her colorful, albeit destructive, love life. Her role as the drunk yet lucid Claire in “A Delicate Balance” earned her a 1996 Tony nomination for best actress. Roles in “Bus Stop,” “Sail Away” and “Company” snagged her three other noms while “Elaine Stritch at Liberty” won her the 2002 award for special theatrical event.

On television, Stritch was memorable late in her career for her recurring role on NBC’s “30 Rock” as the crusty, goofy »

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Elaine Stritch, Acerbic Tony and Emmy Winner, Dies at 89

17 July 2014 10:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Actress Elaine Stritch, star of Broadway hits including “Elaine Stritch at Liberty” and “Show Boat,” who was nominated for multiple Tonys and Emmys, winning three of the latter, has died. She was 89.

Stritch, an atypical star of stage and screen known for her association with Stephen Sondheim, quickly gained a reputation for the worldly, acerbic wit that often defined her characters. In her one-woman show “Elaine Stritch at Liberty,” Stritch talked candidly about battling the bottle and her colorful, albeit destructive, love life. Her role as the drunk yet lucid Claire in “A Delicate Balance” earned her a 1996 Tony nomination for best actress. Roles in “Bus Stop,” “Sail Away” and “Company” snagged her three other noms while “Elaine Stritch at Liberty” won her the 2002 award for special theatrical event.

See Also: Elaine Stritch’s Career in Pictures

On television, Stritch was memorable late in her career for her recurring role »

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Elaine Stritch, Broadway Legend, Dies At 89

16 July 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Elaine Stritch, the legendary Broadway actress and singer, died on Thursday at her Michigan home. She was 89.

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Stritch’s passing was confirmed by her friend Julie Keyes to The New York Times.

Stritch, a Detroit native, made her Broadway debut in 1946 in Jed Harris’ comedy Loco. She went on to earn Tony nominations for her inspired work in William Inge’s Bus Stop (1955), Noel Coward’s Sail Away (1961), Stephen Sondheim’s Company (1970), in which she sang one of her most enduring numbers – “The Ladies Who Lunch,” and Edward Albee play A Delicate Balance (1996). Stritch finally took home a Tony for her one-woman show Elaine Stritch at Liberty in 2001.

On the small screen, Stritch more recently appeared on Tina Fey’s 30 Rock, on which she played Jack Donaghy’s (Alec Baldwin) mother Colleen. Her recurring guest appearances earned her an Emmy in 2008. Stritch previously won Emmys for a »

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Elaine Stritch: ‘I Didn’t Declare Retirement’

21 February 2014 11:04 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When I first see Elaine Stritch—the 89-year-old legendary stage and screen actress—she’s propped in bed. Although she’s been a New York fixture since the 1940s (and spent 18 years living in a room at the Carlyle Hotel), she recently moved to Michigan. But she’s back in town this week to promote her new documentary, “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me.” Her trip will include a screening hosted by Perez Hilton, the film’s midtown premiere and catching a Broadway show (“The Glass Menagerie”) with her pal Bernadette Peters.

On this morning, Stritch has gone viral. She just appeared on “Today,” where she dropped the F-word on live TV. The film’s director, Chiemi Karasawa, tells her that she’s trending on Twitter. “What does it mean to be trending?” Stritch asks from her room in an Upper East Side clubhouse. I tell her. “Oh.” She takes a long pause. »

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