This past week sadly ended with Tony and Emmy award winning legendary stage and screen actress Elaine Stritch's untimely passing.
Elaine Stritch's gained a whole new fame with a new generation when she appeared on the big screen, starring along side Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda, in the comedy "Monster in Law" in 2005 in playing Fonda's mother-in-law. Her other big screen credits in the past decade also include two Woody Allen movies, "September" and "Small Time Crooks," and recent films like "Autumn in New York," She played Winona Ryder's loving grandmother in the film
Elaine was the subject of a documentary recently, "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me,",by filmmaker Chiemi Karasawa. Stritch told the press early last year at the premiere. Show business,is a pain" And the only time that I really enjoy it is when I'm in front of an audience and they're reacting to me. That is magic, but getting there is so difficult. But you know, I get sick of saying how hard everything is. It's hard to get up in the morning. Everything's hard. Everything takes so much effort."
She was also inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1995.
She won a Emmy for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for her one woman show, "Elaine Stritch at Liberty." That one woman show also netted her a long-awaited Tony award, for Best Special Theatrical Event, as well as a Drama Desk award.
She won another Emmy Award in 1993 for her guest role on Law & Order and another in 2004 for the television documentary of her one woman show. From 2007 to 2012, she had a recurring
role as Jack Donaghy's mother, Colleen, on NBC's 30 Rock, a role that won her a third Emmy in 2007.
Other television roles included Elaine, as Judge Grace Lema on Oz in 1998; and as character Martha Albright Jane Curtin's mother on two episodes of 3rd Rock From the Sun. She did blow her audition on NBC's "The Golden Girls" to play Dorothy Zbornak, cast later with cast with Bea Arthur.
She was seen on One Life to Live in 1993, replacing fellow stage legend Eileen Heckart as Wilma Bern.
Stritch appeared in more films in her later years than the early part of her career. In 1956 "Three Violent People" Elaine starred alongside Charlton Heston, as the hotel proprietor pal of Anne Baxter.
Co-starring opposite Rock Hudson and Jennifer Jones in the David O. Selznick remake of A Farewell to Arms in 1957 as Hudson's nurse.
Elaine co-starred opposite Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh in "The Perfect Furlough.
In the cult film, "Who Killed Teddy Bear?" Elaine had a showy role as the lesbian proprietor of a barin 1965, which also starred Sal Mineo.
For playing a "tough-as-nails" nurse in the remake of The Spiral Staircase in 1975 Elaine was praised for her performance in "Providence" in 1977.
Stritch, whose stage career began in the 1940s, is perhaps known for her association with Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim, his musical "Company"and the song "Ladies Who Lunch" in particular. She was nominated for a Tony for the original 1970 production. Before that, she was also nominated
for Tonys for William Inge's 1955 play"Bus Stop" and Noël Coward's 1961 musical "Sail Away."
After her husband, John Bay, died from brain cancer in 1982, Her drinking worsened after Bay's death, she took her first drink at 14 and began using it as a crutch before performances to vanquish her stage fright and insecurities.and she sought help after experiencing issues with effects of alcoholism,as well as the onset of diabetes.
Stritch died in her sleep at her home in Birmingham, Michigan, on July 17, 2014. She was 89 years old. Stritch suffered from diabetes and had been in declining health for years.
Out of respect on Friday night, New Yorks Time Square lights were dimmed for Broadway legend Elaine Stritch dead at 89...