Elaine Stritch, Broadway Legend and Three-Time Emmy Winner, Dead at 89

Elaine Stritch, a Broadway legend who won three Primetime Emmy Awards in the latter part of her career, died this morning at the age of 89, according to Entertainment Tonight.

While the actress and singer made her name on the Great White Way — scoring five Tony nominations from 1955 to 2001, including a win for her one-woman show Elaine Stritch at Liberty — TV fans might best remember her as Colleen Donaghy, irascible mother of Alec Baldwin’s network chief Jack on 30 Rock.

Stritch scored five Emmy nominations as Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for the 30 Rock role, and took home the statuette in 2007. She was nominated three other times in her career — winning Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for Law & Order in 1993 and Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for the televised version of Elaine Stritch at Liberty in 2004. (Her other nod came in 1991, for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special in An Inconvenient Woman; she lost that year to Ruby Dee.)

Stritch also earned a BAFTA TV nomination in 1979 for “Best Light Entertainment Performance” for her role in the British sitcom Two’s Company.

Check out video below of Stritch killing it in her final episode as Colleen, and dishing her profanity-laden audition for a role in The Golden Girls (a monologue from At Liberty).


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  1. NC says:

    It comes off as unnecessarily harsh when TV Line uses the word “Dead” in the headline instead of “Dies”.

    RIP Elaine Stritch.

    • Lauren says:

      You cannot be serious. Find a story on her death/any death that doesn’t use dead or dies in the headline.

    • Regina says:

      I hate that too! Whenever someone dies it’s “dead at whatever age”. It sounds so harsh! There’s gotta be a nicer way to put it…

      • Alex says:

        Hate it all you want, but it’s not harsh, it’s the truth. And it doesn’t make the person any less d-e-a-d, DEAD DEAD DEAD! Honestly, of all the piddly things to whine about…

    • schu says:

      I actually agree, it’s not cnn, it’s an entertainment site and I would think they could make the headline more classy/respectful as well.

  2. N says:

    I loved her on 30 Rock…..RIP

  3. Jane says:

    A toast to that invincible bunch,
    The dinosaurs surviving the crunch.
    Let’s hear it for the ladies who lunch–
    Everybody rise!
    Rise! Rise! Rise! Rise! Rise! Rise! Rise!

    I loved her and her music.

  4. Awesome actor, entertainer and all around broad. RIP Ms Stritch

  5. Cheeks says:

    She was amazing! I loved her…I didn’t know much of her work until she was older, but damn she was a funny lady. RIP Elaine, thanks for the laughs.

    • glennbronx says:

      Elaine actually UNDERSTUDIED for Ethel Merman on Broadway in CALL ME MADAM @ 1950…playing much older than she actually was….and then toured nationally. She also did a secondary role in BUS STOP with Kim Stanley, WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF and Neil Simon’s THE GINGERBREAD MAN…both HEAVY dramatic roles. I’ll try to track down her dramatic EMMY AWARD winning performance from LAW AND ORDER/SVU from 1993.

  6. Here’s to the ladies who lunch….rest in peace.

  7. BrazenSongBird says:

    To Elaine,

    Thank you for the laughs, tears, entertainment, and inspiration. We BITs (Broads in Training) salute you! It’s hard to believe you’re really gone… so see ya around…maybe not right away…(welling up now).

    • glennbronx says:

      yup. I live in NYC/north Bronx, never saw Elaine on Broadway, even though I was offered tickets for AT LIBERTY//one woman show…but E;aine did manage to ALMOST knock me on my but 3-4 times at th corner of 27th and 7th from @2004-2006 or so…walking with one of her grandnephews (from school). I worked in the area at the time, and never spoke with her, but did give her a knowing nod….Elaine was VERY hard to miss…always wearing that pork-pie hat! If you see the documentary SHOOT ME, you can tell that Elaine was declining in health…probably from her long-time diabetes…but 89+ years is a “good run”. (and what a legacy)

  8. Fabe says:

    She was a real talent. She will be missed!

  9. SJ says:

    I don’t usually get that upset about celebrity deaths, but I got really choked up reading about the passing of Ms. Stritch. Rest in peace, you lovely lady and wherever you are, I hope you are wearing a hat! <3

  10. Joey Padron says:

    Sad to hear about her passing. She was great on 30 Rock. RIP

  11. JAO says:

    Goodby Classy Lady.

  12. Glenn Leahey says:

    I wish there was “something” on youtube or other channels which include Elaine Stritch’s 1993 EMMY win for LAW AND ORDER/SVU. Since I’ve found nothing on-line, I can only ASSUME she was NOT at the EMMY 1993 ceremony.