"3O ROCK" star, B’way legnd ELAINE STRITCH dead at 89.
Elaine Stritch, died on Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich. She was 89, The New York Times reported.
Before Stritch moved to Birmingham, Ala. last year, she lived, famously, for many years at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan.
Stritch’s career began in the 1940s and included her fair share of appearances in movies, including Woody Allen’s “September” (1987) and “Small Time Crooks” (2000), and on TV.
Stritch was Jackie Gleason’s first choice to play Trixie on ‘The Honeymooners’ but was fired and replaced by Joyce Randolph.
More recently, she played the domineering mother of the television executive played by Alec Baldwin on “30 Rock”.
But the stage was her true home be it Stephen Sonden musicals, dramas or solo cabaret shows, she captivated auds with her gravelly whiskey soaked, cigarette honed throaty voice, her been there, seen it, done it attitude and ALL the charisma of a star.
She received Tony nominations for her work in Bus Stop (1955), "Sail Away" (1961), "Company" and "A Delicate Balance" and was superb in a 1994 revival of Show Boat. In 2003, she was saluted by New York City as a “living landmark” for her contributions to the Great White Way.
“Why did I choose the career that I chose?” she said in an interview last year. “I want to be talked about. I want to be written about. I want everything about me! And I don’t make any bones about that. I like it being all about me. And it’s not funny!”
Au revoir, Ms. Stritch...