NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Rest in peace, Stritchy.
Elaine Stritch, the brash theater performer whose gravelly, gin-laced voice and impeccable comic timing made her a theatrical icon, has died, according to Brigade Marketing. She was 89.
Stritch died at home Thursday in Birmingham, Mich.
Stritch’s signature style was wearing a loose fitting white shirt, high heels and sheer black tights.
Although Stritch appeared in movies and on television, garnering three Emmys, she was best known for her stage work, particularly in her candid one-woman memoir, “Elaine Stritch: At Liberty,” and in the Stephen Sondheim musical “Company.”
She worked well into her late 80s, most recently as Madame Armfeldt in a revival of Sondheim’s musical, “A Little Night Music.”
She replaced Angela Lansbury in 2010 to critical acclaim.
“Elaine Stritch’s big personality was matched by her big talent. Collaborating with some of Broadway’s greatest playwrights and composers throughout her lengthy career, her signature numbers and singular style created a memorable legacy,” said Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of the Broadway League. “Elaine Stritch will always be remembered as an important part of Broadway’s rich history, and she will be missed by her many fans.”
At 7:45 p.m. Friday, Broadway marquees will dim their lights in memory of Stritch.
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