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Broadway Icon Elaine Stritch Dead at 89

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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.

RIP.


Actress Elaine Stritch Dishes On Gay Fandom, Relationship With Rock Hudson

American actress and singer Elaine Stritch became famous on Broadway for performing Stephen Sondheim and Edward Albee. She has since maintained her fame as Jack Donaghy's mother, Colleen, in the NBC comedy series 30 Rock. During her recent interview with PrideSource, the 89-year-old performer said that she’s just becoming aware of her gay fandom.

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A Broadway legend has to be aware the community thinks she's an icon, but no, not Stritch. "I'm just becoming aware of it," she admits, but why now? "By articles such as this one. I really have become very much aware, first of all, what great audiences they are. And it isn't that I finally discovered that gay people understand me and straight people don't - oh, no no no. Not a word of truth in that. I can't tell you how many straight people I know that think I am the cat's pajamas."

But not knowing you have a gay following until now, 70 years into your career ... a career in one of the gayest professions pursuable: the theater? Stritch is as surprised as you are.

"It sounds like I've lost my mind, but I feel like I'm becoming aware of it.”

The respect she has for (her friend, playwright Edward Albee) is just immense, she says, but that fondness also extends to the other gay men in her life, near and far. It's their sense of humor she savors. 

"I gotta get in that line, because I think gay people have extraordinary humor. Extraordinary! I'm talking deep, deep, deep humor. Deep humor that goes way below the [typical things].”

She goes onto say that she developed an intense platonic relationship in the late 1950s with Rock Hudson, something that many people assumed was a physical affair. Stritch responded:

"Did we have an affair? No," she clarifies. "He was nuts about me, and I felt it, knew it. And I was madly in love with this gorgeous guy. But I couldn't have reacted in any real way because I don't think he was truly in love with me. I think he just loved me and loved that we had fun and loved to be with me."

Hudson, she says, dedicated all his off-set time to her, never to anyone else working on the film.

"Anybody that dates you all the time, wants to be with you all the time, takes you out everywhere - he had a good time with me. You know what I'm talking about. And there's nobody who says that gay guys don't have fun with women, because they do!"

Stritch recently appeared in her own docutmentary entitled "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me" and recently dropped an F-bomb on The Today Show.


Movies: Elaine Stritch is Still Here in the Must-See 'Shoot Me'

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Stritch gets ready for another show... and then another... and then another

BY NATHANIEL ROGERS 

I saw Elaine Stritch’s famous one woman Broadway show “At Liberty” in the last days of 2001 a couple of years after moving to New York. I’m not exaggerating when I say that it was nothing short of spiritual ecstasy but then showbiz is my religion and actresses are my only gods. You might then justifiably say that I am predisposed to love the hell out of the new documentary ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME and you’d be right. But I can still tell a peak performance from a Wednesday matinee and the last doc I saw on Stritch, which shared its title with “At Liberty” was significantly less stellar. Shoot Me is a must-see, even if you only know this Broadway legend from her hilarious guest appearances as Jack Donaghy’s impossible mother on 30 Rock.

We don’t feel enough sacred reverence for stage actors in our culture. Beyond of course the self-flogging of parting with $100+ for tickets. What they do is harder than what movie and television actors do and they do it 8 times a week. And in today’s reality-tv soaked culture, when people regularly get famous for merely subjecting themselves to cameras, the stage performer’s old school work ethic is almost unimaginably titanic.

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Elaine Stritch Drops Hilarious F-Bomb on 'Today' with Hoda and Kathie Lee: VIDEO

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Broadway legend Elaine Stritch appeared on the Today show with Hoda and Kathie Lee this morning and dropped a hilarious F-bomb immediately after Kathie Lee complimented her for not mincing her words.

Said Kathie Lee: "Elaine you are so beloved, but as much for your work, of course, but for your mouth. You say whatever you want to say."

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