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Birth name Elaine StritchNationality USABirth 2 february 1925
at Detroit (USA
)Death 17 july 2014
(at 89 years) at Birmingham (USA
Primetime Emmy Award
Elaine Stritch (February 2, 1925 – July 17, 2014) was an American actress and singer, best known for her work on Broadway. She appeared in numerous stage plays and musicals, feature films, and television series. She was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1995.
Stritch made her professional stage debut in 1944 and her Broadway debut in the comedy Loco in 1946. Her notable Broadway credits include her Tony Award-nominated roles in the original production of William Inge's 1955 play Bus Stop and musicals by Noël Coward (Sail Away, 1961) and Stephen Sondheim (Company, 1970), the latter including her performance of the song "The Ladies Who Lunch", plus the 1996 revival of the Edward Albee play A Delicate Balance and her 2001 Tony Award-winning one-woman show Elaine Stritch at Liberty.
In the 1970s, Stritch relocated to London, starring in several West End productions, including Tennessee Williams' Small Craft Warnings in 1973 and the Neil Simon play The Gingerbread Lady in 1974. She also starred with Donald Sinden in the ITV sitcom Two's Company, which ran from 1975 to 1979 and earned her a BAFTA TV Award nomination.
Stritch won an Emmy Award in 1993 for her guest role on Law & Order and another in 2004 for the television documentary of her one-woman show. From 2007 to 2012, she had a recurring role as Colleen Donaghy on NBC's 30 Rock, a role that won her a third Emmy in 2007.
Strich was married to the actor John Bay from 1973 until his death in 1982. He was part of the family that owns the Bay's English Muffins company, and Stritch sent English muffins as gifts to friends. Said John Kenley: "Every Christmas, she still sends me English muffins." When she was based in London, Stritch and her husband lived at the Savoy Hotel.
She was good friends with gossip columnist Liz Smith, with whom she shared a birthday (February 2). In March 2013, Stritch announced she was leaving New York and relocating to Birmingham, Michigan.
Stritch was candid about her struggles with alcohol. She took her first drink at 14 and began using it as a crutch before performances to vanquish her stage fright and insecurities. Her drinking worsened after Bay's death, and she sought help after experiencing issues with effects of alcoholism, as well as the onset of diabetes. Elaine Stritch at Liberty discusses the topic at length.