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Elaine Stritch Passes Away at 89

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Comedienne and Broadway star Elaine Stritch dies aged 89 after a legendary life and career.

Elaine Stritch Passes Away at 89

Comedienne and Broadway legend, Elaine Stritch, passed away Thursday morning, July 17th.

Stritch died of natural causes. She suffered with diabetes for several years before sadly passing in Birmingham, Michigan. 

Stritch's career launched onwards and upwards after her 1946 Broadway debut in the comedy, Loco. She went on to play more starring roles on Broadway, in productions of Bus Stop, No No Nanette and The King and I.

Stritch had most recently built up her acting profile as Colleen Donaghy, the mother of Alec Baldwin's character on 30 Rock. She received five Emmy nominations for the role and took home the statuette in 2007. She also received an Emmy for "Outstanding Guest Actress" on Law and Order in 1993.

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In 1979 Stritch earned herself a BAFTA TV nomination for "Best Light Entertainment Performance" for her role in the British sitcom, Two's Company. She was then admitted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1995.

Stritch's TV and film career stretches back to 1949 where she played Laraine Payne in the TV series, The Growing Paynes. Her acting career grew tremendously in her later years, earning five Tony nominations between 1955 to 2001, including a win for her one-woman show, Elaine Stritch at Liberty. 

Stritch's career spanned over six decades of musical and comic brilliance. R.I.P. Elaine Stritch.

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