Stage Star And Emmy Winning Actress Elaine Stritch Dead At 89

Stage Star And Emmy Winning Actress Elaine Stritch Dead At 89
(Birmingham, MI) -- Broadway actress and singer Elaine Stritch has died. The "New York Times" quotes friend Julie Keyes who says Stritch, known for her sharp tongue and no-holds barred candor, passed away Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Michigan. She was 89. The Detroit-born performer began her career in showbiz in the 1940s, making her Broadway debut in "Loco" in 1946. She earned several Tony nominations along the way for roles in 1955's Bus Stop," 1961's' "Sail Away" and Stephen Sondheim's 1970 musical "Company." Woody Allen's "September," 2000's "Small Time Crooks" and 2005's" "Monster-in-Law" were among her film credits. On television, Stritch was best known for her Emmy winning role as Colleen, the domineering mother of Alec Baldwin's character Jack Donaghy on NBC's "30 Rock."

She also won Emmys for a guest role on NBC's "Law & Order" in 1993 and for her TV documentary about her one-woman show "Elaine Stritch: At Liberty." Stritch famously lived at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan for many years before moving to Birmingham, Michigan last year.