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Elaine Stritch, stage performer, dies at 89

 

NEW YORK (AP) — 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.

(L-R) Tovah Feldshuh, Elaine Stritch and Sandra Bernhard
(L-R) Tovah Feldshuh, Elaine Stritch and Sandra Bernhard (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

Stritch died at home Thursday in Birmingham, Mich.

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.

Stritch’s signature style was wearing a loose fitting white shirt, high heels and sheer black tights.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed)

 

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