One of the legends of Broadway has died. Entertainment Tonight reports that Elaine Stritch, a five-time Tony nominee (one-time winner) and three-time Emmy winner, died this morning, Thursday, July 17, 2014. She was 89.
Stritch won Emmys for guest appearances on "Law & Order" in 1993 and on "30 Rock" in 2007, and won for outstanding individual performance in a variety program for "Elaine Stritch: At Liberty" in 2004. She was nominated for a total of eight Emmys, including five for her guest appearances on "30 Rock."
Stritch, who also had a solid feature film resume, made her biggest mark on Broadway, with a career going back to 1944. Her acclaimed performance in the 1955 play "Bus Stop" earned Stritch her first Tony nomination in 1956, and was followed by Tony nods for "Sail Away" (1962), "Company" (1971) and "A Delicate Balance" (1996).
Her one-woman show "Elaine Stritch at Liberty" won the Tony for best special theatrical event in 2002.
On the big screen Stritch appeared in two Woody Allen movies, "September" (1987) and "Small Time Crooks" (2000), with her recent performances including "Monster In Law" (2005), "Autumn In New York" (2000), "Screwed" (2000) and "Out to Sea" (1997), the report notes.
"As far as her musical background, Stritch has starred in 'No No Nanette,' 'The King and I' and 'I Married an Angel.' She was also nominated for a Grammy Award in 2005 for Best Spoken Word Album for Children for 'The Best Halloween Ever.' The actress was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1995," the ET report adds.
The report quotes Stritch's agent, Joel Dean, saying: "Elaine was truly one-of-a-kind. She was feisty, irascible and at the same time very vulnerable. After first meeting her she was very protective and hard to get to know but once I did she would be a friend forever. I learned not to be intimidated when she yelled at me, which was very often."
Here's a clip of a memorable night when Stritch dropped in on David Letterman's late-night show: