Legendary actress Elaine Stritch passed away on Thursday, July 17th at the age of 89 after her battle with stomach cancer.
Stritch made her Broadway debut in 1946 when she appeared in the comedy, “Loco.” Her long list of credits include Tony Award nominated roles in “Bus Stop,” “Sail Away” and “Company,” which ultimately led to her 1995 induction into the American Theater Hall of Fame. She also went on the star in her own one woman show, “Elaine Stritch at Carlyle: Movin’ Over and Out.”
The acting legend may be best known for her work on Broadway, but she also appeared in several films and television shows including NBC’s hit series, “30 Rock.”
While Broadway prepares to pay tribute to the late actress by dimming their Marquee lights this evening, celebrities are stepping forward to remember the late, great Elaine.
“30 Rock” creator Tina Fey reflected on her memorable experience working with Stritch on her hit show saying, “Elaine was a ‘tough old bird,’ but I suspect she may have been a ‘tough old bird’ since birth. I loved her voice, her timing, her stories and her natural elegance.” Fey continued, “One day she was wearing a beautiful butterfly cocktail ring, and when I admired it, she gave it to me on the spot – like an Arab sheik in black pantyhose. I feel very lucky to have worked with her as much as I did.”
Stritch, who played Alec Baldwin’s unforgiving on-screen mother Colleen Donaghy on “30 Rock,” was mourned by a slew of other celebs including Liza Minnelli, Lena Dunham, Anna Kendrick and Baldwin himself who tweeted, “A woman that I loved and admired, and a true one in a million, has gone to her rest.”
It’s clear that though the Broadway legend has passed on, her memory will live on forever through her incredible work and dedication to entertainment.
Lena Dunham said it best, “Here’s to the lady who lunched: Elaine Stritch, we love you. May your heaven be a booze-soaked, no-pants solo show at the Carlyle. Thank you.”