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Here's to the lady who's dead. A vodka zinger anyone?

Elaine as she was
Elaine as she was
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Here's to the the ladies at lunch.
They know Elaine Stritch is still singing about them, still acknowledging their shopping for hats, still slurring her speech as they slur their voices sucking down vodka zingers.
Now she's dead.
Stritch died at 89 on Thursday, July 17. The four-time Tony Award nominee and three-time Emmy winner battled diabetes for decades and last year broke her hip and pelvis in separate spills. She knew the end was near, so she bought a co-op in Birmingham, Michigan, last year to be closer to her nieces and nephews. We all wonder what will happen to her digs at Madhattans's C Hotel in Manhattan.
We will remember her is so many ways---a 7-year career of screen and stage performances, recordings and, of course, the new DVD Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (IFC Films). A ferocious, funny and poignant portrait of this one-of-a-kind Broadway legend Shoot Me showcases the brash, uncompromising Tony and Emmy winner and cabaret star both onstage and off.
The documentary captures the actress-singer's immeasurable charm, acerbic wit and impressive accomplishments with footage and interviews with friends and collaborators, including Sondheim, Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Nathan Lane, John Turturro a landmark and James Gandolfini.
Stritch's career has spanned generations, from plays and musicals, including William Inge's Bus Stop, Noel Coward's Sail Away and Sondheim's Company (in which she immortalized the song "The Ladies Who Lunch"), to long-running New York cabaret engagements and a recurring role as Alec Baldwin's mother in the NBC hit 30 Rock.
The 2001 one-woman show Elaine Stritch at Liberty has stood as the summation of her life and career until now, with this portrait of an American treasure.
Another vodka stinger?

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