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Broadway Icon Elaine Stritch Dead at 89


Elaine Stritch has died, the NYT reports:

Elaine Stritch, the brassy, tart-tongued Broadway actress and singer who became a living emblem of show business durability and perhaps the leading interpreter of Stephen Sondheim’s wryly acrid musings on aging, died on Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich. She was 89.

Her death was confirmed by a friend, Julie Keyes. Before Ms. Stritch moved to Birmingham last year, she lived, famously, for many years at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan.

Stritch was recently the subject of a documentary called Shoot Me. Earlier this year, she became a viral sensation on the web after dropping a hilarious F-bomb on the Today show with Hoda and Kathie Lee.

Stritch also said recently that she was just becoming aware that she had a huge gay fanbase.


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  1. RIP. Loved her voice and sharp wit. Bravo!

    Posted by: MP | Jul 17, 2014 1:11:47 PM

  2. SHE was a genuine icon.

    Posted by: Pervy McPerv | Jul 17, 2014 1:12:45 PM

  3. A legend who will never be forgotten. RIP Madame Stritch

    Posted by: MickyFlip | Jul 17, 2014 1:22:47 PM

  4. I had the opportunity to see her at The Curran Theatre in San Francisco, where she performed, "Elaine Strich: At Liberty". She was wonderful.

    Posted by: Carlos | Jul 17, 2014 1:26:19 PM

  5. omg..she actually LIVED at the Carlyle??

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Jul 17, 2014 1:37:57 PM

  6. A true Broadway icon. RIP.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Jul 17, 2014 2:53:13 PM

  7. If you have not ever seen Elaine Stritch's "At Liberty." you have been deprived. Her account of her involvement with Rock Hudson alone is worth one's seeing the play for. It is out on DVD, and it is fantastic. She brought great joy to many people. RIP, Elaine!

    Posted by: RonCharles | Jul 17, 2014 3:01:18 PM

  8. Flew back to NYC from LA many years ago & realized she was also in the cabin just by hearing her voice.
    She was a unique talent. #RIP

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Jul 17, 2014 3:11:07 PM

  9. When I head the news, my first thought was -
    "Everybody rise, rise RISE..."

    Here's to you, Elaine Stritch!

    Posted by: DBAUDIT | Jul 17, 2014 3:28:01 PM

  10. The end of an era.

    RIP, Broadway baby!


    Posted by: Michael in Toronto | Jul 17, 2014 3:34:48 PM

  11. I had the privilege of seeing Elaine a number of times at the Carlyle and in "A Little Night Music." She was a real dame, a great entertainer, and will certainly been missed.

    No longer "still here," . . . RIP Elaine.

    Posted by: Alan | Jul 17, 2014 4:40:26 PM

  12. Dbaudit, that's where my brain went too! "Another vodka studio stinger; I'll drink to that...everybody rise! Rise! RIIIISE!!" And as she quoted Noel Coward, "I've been to a marvelous party"-oh Stritchey, you WERE the party.

    Posted by: Dback | Jul 17, 2014 5:41:51 PM

  13. RIP is perhaps ones of the most meaningless things a person can say, on the event of another person's death.

    Posted by: Randy | Jul 17, 2014 6:43:43 PM

  14. Sad day. It really is the end of an era.

    There are many performers--actors, singers, rock and rollers--who aren't going to be around forever. See them live while you still can. I'm glad I saw her twice--At Liberty and at The Carlyle.

    Posted by: Tatts | Jul 17, 2014 11:29:19 PM

  15. Saw her "at liberty" and the Carlyle - and shared an elevator alone with her in SF when she just started at the curran. What a thrill to have her ask me where the nearest Starbucks was!
    Yes, I gushed a little.

    Posted by: Dw | Jul 18, 2014 12:04:43 AM


    A taste....

    Posted by: johnny | Jul 18, 2014 10:56:23 AM

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