Rest In Peace: Elaine Stritch (1925 – 2014)

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First Johnny Winter, and now this? Today sucks.

News has been breaking for the past hour that broadway and screen legend Elaine Stritch died on Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Michigan. She was 89.

Stritch started her entertainment career more than half a century ago. She landed a few small TV roles at the end of the 1940s, but most Broadway historians will likely tell you that Stritch originally rose to fame in the 1952 revival of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart’s once controversial production, Pal Joey. Stritch was required to strip as part of her role, which at the time was considered incredibly taboo, but it won her fame and fans like no other character could and soon she found herself receiving offers for bigger and better roles.

Over time, Stritch found herself tackling many of the most iconic roles on stage. She appeared in Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, Sail Away, A Delicate Balance, and more. She also worked more in TV and film, appearing in two Woody Allen films (Small Time Crooks and September) and countless sitcoms.

In 2013, a documentary about Elaine’s life, titled Shoot Me, was released. The film is currently available for download or purchase wherever films are sold. You can view a trailer below.

I will always remember Elaine Stritch for her longtime role as Colleen Donaghy, the harridan mother of Alec Baldwin’s Jack Donaghy, on TV’s 30 Rock. She was the sassiest and sweetest mother a fictional character could ever ask for, and anytime she made an appearance laughs were guaranteed to follow suit.

Rest in peace, Elaine. You will be missed.

James Shotwell

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