Elaine Stritch, the husky-voiced actress known for her brash personality and fearless performances has died Thursday, her agent and attorney confirmed to NBC News . She was 89. A force to be reckoned with, Stritch stole scenes for over 60 years, from Sondheim’s “Company,” in which she sang the landmark “The Ladies Who Lunch” to her acclaimed one-woman show, “Elaine Stritch: At Liberty,” to her guest-starring role on NBC’s “30 Rock.”
Stritch was so closely identified with Broadway and New York that the city's landmark conservancy group declared her a living landmark in 2003. In 2013, Stritch said she no longer had the energy required to live in New York and returned to her native Michigan.
Performers quickly took to social media to remember the star, whose over-sized glasses and sharp tongue inspired generations to never be afraid to say what's on their minds. "I think talking and telling the truth is a lot of fun," she told TODAY in 2014.
- Ryan Creed with Reuters
First published July 17 2014, 11:15 AM