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Elaine Stritch (1925–2014)


A brash, incorrigible scene-stealer who led a six decade career that had many highs and lows, veteran Elaine Stritch certainly lived 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 broached her eighties with the still-shapely legs, puffy ... See full bio »

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

Known For

30 Rock
30 Rock Colleen Donaghy
(2007-2012)
Cocoon: The Return
Cocoon: The Return Ruby Feinberg
(1988)
Monster-in-Law
Monster-in-Law Gertrude
(2005)
Providence
Providence Helen Wiener
(1977)

Filmography

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 2014 Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja (TV Series)
Ruth
- Fudge Factory/Best Buds (2014) ... Ruth (voice)
 2014 River of Fundament
Eulogist
 2007-2012 30 Rock (TV Series)
Colleen Donaghy
- My Whole Life Is Thunder (2012) ... Colleen Donaghy
- Meet the Woggels! (2012) ... Colleen Donaghy
- Christmas Attack Zone (2010) ... Colleen Donaghy
- The Moms (2010) ... Colleen Donaghy
- The Natural Order (2009) ... Colleen Donaghy
 2012 ParaNorman
Grandma (voice)
 2005 Romance & Cigarettes
Nick's Mother
 2005 Monster-in-Law
Gertrude
 2004/I Paradise (TV Movie)
Isabella
 2003 Life's a Bitch (TV Series)
Mom
 1997-2001 3rd Rock from the Sun (TV Series)
Martha Albright
- My Mother, My Dick (2001) ... Martha Albright
- Dick-In-Law (1997) ... Martha Albright
 2000 Autumn in New York
Dolly
 2000 Small Time Crooks
Chi Chi Potter
 2000 Screwed
Miss Crock
 2000 EGG, the Arts Show (TV Series)
Narrator
- A Day at the Met ... Narrator
 1999 Pipe Dreams (Short)
Mother
 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
 1998 Krippendorf's Tribe
Irene Hargrove
 1997 Out to Sea
Mavis LaBreche
 1992-1997 Law & Order (TV Series)
Lanie Stieglitz
- Working Mom (1997) ... Lanie Stieglitz
- Point of View (1992) ... Lanie Stieglitz
 1995 Bless This House (TV Series)
Sheila
- Misery on 34th Street (1995) ... Sheila
 1991 An Inconvenient Woman (TV Mini-Series)
Rose
- Episode #1.2 (1991) ... Rose
- Episode #1.1 (1991) ... Rose
 1991 Chance of a Lifetime (TV Movie)
Sybil
 1990 The Secret Life of Archie's Wife (TV Movie)
Rowena Sharphorn
 1990 Steel Magnolias (TV Movie)
Ouiser Boudreaux
 1990 Cadillac Man
Widow
 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
 1990 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Older Marianne
- Sensibility and Sense (1990) ... Older Marianne
 1988 Tattinger's (TV Series)
Franny
- Rest in Peas (1988) ... Franny
 1988 Cocoon: The Return
Ruby Feinberg
 1987 September
Diane
 1986-1987 The Ellen Burstyn Show (TV Series)
Sydney Brewer
- Writes of Passage (1987) ... Sydney Brewer
- I'm Dancing Faster Than I Can (1987) ... Sydney Brewer
- The Box (1987) ... Sydney Brewer
- Writer, Wronger (1987) ... Sydney Brewer
- Molly Sings the Blues (1987) ... Sydney Brewer
 1986 Stranded (TV Movie)
Maxine
 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)
Reader
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1979) ... Reader
 1975-1979 Two's Company (TV Series)
Dorothy McNab
- The Friendly Aristocrats (1979) ... Dorothy McNab
- The Rolls-Royce (1979) ... Dorothy McNab
- The Silence (1979) ... Dorothy McNab
- The Visiting Scots (1979) ... Dorothy McNab
- The Salesman (1979) ... Dorothy McNab
 1977 Providence
Helen Wiener
 1975 Shades of Greene (TV Series)
Patience
- Two Gentle People (1975) ... Patience
 1975 The Spiral Staircase
Nurse
 1974 The President's Last Tape (TV Movie)
Priscilla
 1974 Funny Ha-Ha (TV Series)
On-screen participant
- Don't Blame Us! (1974) ... On-screen participant
 1974 Dial M for Murder (TV Series)
Geneva
- 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)
 1968 One Life to Live (TV Series)
Wilma Bern #2 (1993)
 1967 Too Many Thieves
Miss G
 1965-1966 The Trials of O'Brien (TV Series)
Miss G
- The Greatest Game: Part 1 (1966) ... Miss G
- No Justice for the Judge (1965) ... Miss G
- Dead End on Flugel Street (1965) ... Miss G
- Picture Me a Murder (1965) ... Miss G
- Charlie's Got All the Luck (1965) ... Miss G
 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
 1960-1961 My Sister Eileen (TV Series)
Ruth Sherwood
- Ruth's Holiday (1961) ... Ruth Sherwood
- Marty's Best Friend (1961) ... Ruth Sherwood
- The Protectors (1961) ... Ruth Sherwood
- Ruth, the Reformer (1961) ... Ruth Sherwood
- Separate Ways (1961) ... Ruth Sherwood
 1960 Alcoa Theatre (TV Series)
Ruth Sherwood
- You Should Meet My Sister (1960) ... Ruth Sherwood
 1960 Goodyear Theatre (TV Series)
Ruth Sherwood
- You Should Meet My Sister (1960) ... Ruth Sherwood
 1960 Art Carney Special (TV Series)
Carmenita
- Full Moon Over Brooklyn (1960) ... Carmenita
- 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)
Shirley
- The Left-Handed Welcome (1958) ... Shirley
 1958 Climax! (TV Series)
Kristie Crane
- The Disappearance of Daphne (1958) ... Kristie Crane
 1958 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
Aunt Bertha
- The Red Mill (1958) ... Aunt Bertha
 1957 A Farewell to Arms
Helen Ferguson
 1957 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Laura
- He's for Me (1957) ... Laura
 1956 Three Violent People
Ruby LaSalle
 1956 The Scarlet Hour
Phyllis Rycker
 1956 The Edge of Night (TV Series)
Mrs. DeGroot (1984)
 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)
 1951 Cavalcade of Stars (TV Series)
Trixie Norton
- The New Television Set (1951) ... Trixie Norton
 1951 Once Upon a Tune (TV Series)
Performer
- Three Little Pigs (1951) ... Performer
 1948 The Growing Paynes (TV Series)
Laraine Payne (1949)
Show Show Music department (1 credit)
Show Show Soundtrack (6 credits)
Show Show Writer (1 credit)
Show Show Self (89 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (9 credits)

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Other Works:

Play, Drama, Original, Broadway: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; First Preview Oct 10, 1962 - total previews:6; Opening date: Oct 13, 1962 - closing date: May 16, 1964 - total performances 664; Billy Rose Theatre; Produced by Theater 1963 (Richard Barr, Clinton Wilder), A.B.W. Productions, Inc. & Pisces Productions, Inc.; ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Height:

5' 7¼" (1.71 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on friend and actress Vivien Leigh] Everything about that girl was sad. Except her talent. Nothing sad about that. See more »

Trivia:

She was nominated for a 2003 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for her performance as Best Actress in a Musical or Entertainment in "Elaine Stritch at Liberty" at The Old Vic Theatre of 2002. See more »

Trademark:

Her shapely legs See more »

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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