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 Posted:   Apr 8, 2013 - 4:00 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

"71 Years in New York City Is Enough for Elaine Stritch"

She does her final show at age 88:

I've only seen her in a few things, but nearly always enjoyed her. (I found her BBC series puzzlingly unengaging,the few minutes I saw of it.)

I'm especially glad the one-woman show she did was put on video. It's worth seeing to hear some history of the NY stage.

A salute to her as she retires to Michigan to live near her family!

 Posted:   Apr 8, 2013 - 6:31 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

The first actress to play Trixie Norton on "The Honeymooner" (when it was a sketch on "Dumont's Cavacade Of Stars").

 Posted:   Apr 8, 2013 - 6:48 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

She was positively ballsy in September (1987).

 Posted:   Apr 8, 2013 - 7:32 PM   
 By:   Mike_H   (Member)

A one-of-a-kind! New York will miss you.

 Posted:   Apr 9, 2013 - 11:31 AM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

She announced some years ago that she was a recovering alcoholic. But, in a recent New York Times article, she stated she drinks "a glass of wine" before going on stage, to calm herself, and also allows herself "one drink a day."

As a recovering alcoholic myself, I can only describe these details as horrifying. She plans to leave New York, where she is well-known, to move to Michigan, where, I surmise, she will isolate and drink a lot more than "one drink a day."

I hope that doesn't happen, but the danger signs are all too apparent.

Which is too bad. I saw her, twice, in the original cast of "Company," 43 years ago, if you please, back in the spring of 1970. She was haughty and magnificent in what is now probably regarded as her greatest performance. (Although, the first time I saw it, during the Boston tryout, she seemed drunk, was slurring her words, and needed prompting for "The Ladies Who Lunch," from the conductor. The second time I saw it, in New York, at a matinee, she was blistering in her intensity.)

I hope she finds her way to safety.

 Posted:   Apr 9, 2013 - 2:49 PM   
 By:   eriknelson   (Member)

I saw her on Broadway during her "At Liberty" run. It was a riveting, funny and moving account of her life and career. What a gal!

 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 12:04 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)


 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 12:05 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Actress Elaine Stritch, star of Broadway hits including “Elaine Stritch at Liberty” and “Show Boat,” who was nominated for multiple Tonys and Emmys, winning three of the latter, has died. She was 89.

Stritch, an atypical star of stage and screen known for her association with Stephen Sondheim, quickly gained a reputation for the worldly, acerbic wit that often defined her characters. In her one-woman show “Elaine Stritch at Liberty,” Stritch talked candidly about battling the bottle and her colorful, albeit destructive, love life. Her role as the drunk yet lucid Claire in “A Delicate Balance” earned her a 1996 Tony nomination for best actress. Roles in “Bus Stop,” “Sail Away” and “Company” snagged her three other noms while “Elaine Stritch at Liberty” won her the 2002 award for special theatrical event.

On television, Stritch was memorable late in her career for her recurring role on NBC’s “30 Rock” as the crusty, goofy mother to Alec Baldwin’s character, drawing five nominations for the role and winning in 2007. She was also impressive as a fierce but notably ethical defense attorney on two episodes of “Law & Order,” winning an Emmy for the role in 1993. A P.A. Pennebaker documentary of her “At Liberty” stage show won several Emmys in 2004, including for her the award for outstanding individual performance in a variety program.

Stritch did not restrict her candor to the stage, once telling Variety’s Army Archerd that she “flipped over Rock Hudson — and we all know what a bum decision that turned out to be,” referring to her failed romance with the closeted actor. These gritty, honest revelations contributed to the unique style Stritch brought to her work.

Born in Detroit, Stritch ironically attended finishing school before landing the abrasive, tough-as-nails roles for which she became known. She studied acting at the New School’s Dramatic Workshop with Marlon Brando and once said of performing: “There are a lot of things I do that I don’t want to, but I have to. It’s truly an emotional need for me to perform.” This necessity was reflected in her career, which spanned several decades and two oceans, leading her to stages in London’s West End and dozens of appearances on the small and silver screen.

On TV, she racked up credits in the episodic anthologies of the 1950s, appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” starred in a TV series version of “My Sister Eileen” in 1960-61, starred in the U.K. sitcom “Two’s Company” in the late ’70s and had a role on “The Ellen Burstyn Show” in 1986-87; she also recurred on “The Cosby Show.”

Film credits include the 1957 film adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s “A Farewell to Arms,” Woody Allen’s 1987 film “September,” the Robin Williams comedy “Cadillac Man,” Allen’s “Small Time Crooks” and romancer “Autumn in New York.”

Stritch made her stage debut at New York’s New School in 1944. The actress understudied Ethel Merman for “Call Me Madam” while simultaneously appearing in the 1952 revival of “Pal Joey”; later she starred in the national tour of “Call Me Madam.”

Her professional relationship with Sondheim lasted decades. She made famous Sondheim’s sneeringly witty tune “The Ladies Who Lunch” in 1970’s “Company,” sang his enduring “I’m Still Here” in her 2002 solo show and performed in a 2010 revue of his tunes called “At Home at the Carlyle: Elaine Stritch Singin’ Sondheim…One Song at a Time.” The actress appeared in Garth Drabinsky’s smash hit “Show Boat” in 1994 and in Edward Albee’s play “A Delicate Balance” in 1996.

In 2010 Stritch replaced Angela Lansbury as Madame Armfeldt in “A Little Night Music” on Broadway.

The actress was profiled in the 2013 feature documentary “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me” (photo above), directed by Chiemi Karasawa.

 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 12:30 PM   
 By:   Clark Wayne   (Member)

"She's dead, Jim".

 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 6:26 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

A little known fact about Elaine Stritch is that she was the very first actress ever to play Trixie Norton on "The Honeymooners" when it was a sketch on Dumont's "Calvacade Of Stars". R.I.P. Elaine.

 Posted:   Jul 18, 2014 - 2:10 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I heard on national Public Radio today that at 7:45 tonight, Broadway dims its lights for Elaine Stritch.

 Posted:   Jan 29, 2015 - 4:30 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Stritch plays my favorite BBC radio quiz show, "Just a Minute"

Part 1




(Total time 30 minutes)

 Posted:   Jan 29, 2015 - 4:34 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

If you want to buzz ahead to her turn, it seems to start in part 2, around 2:40.

 Posted:   Jan 30, 2015 - 7:55 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

She also presented an evening of film and television music. At Filmharmonic 80 in the Royal Albert Hall she co-presented a section celebrating 25 years of our main commercial channel, ITV, together with Donald Sinden, her co-star in Two's Company, their hit sitcom.

It was my first film music concert at the tender age of 19. Of course, I was there for the John Williams section which was incredible to my ears.

I know a compilation of some of the music has been mention here. But here's the cover of the original vinyl LP album featuring the two stars:

Wonderful evening.

 Posted:   Jan 30, 2015 - 1:16 PM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

I've watched probably as many episodes of Law And Order as I have Star Trek and I distinctly remember her two guest appearances on the show. She was a real firebrand and even though she was on the "other side" and protecting someone who was guilty of a heinous crime, MAN, did she ever sell that role.

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