Stritch celebrating with her trophy for outstanding individual performance in a variety or music program at the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, in 2004, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
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Elaine Stritch, the brash theater performer whose gravelly, gin-laced voice and impeccable comic timing made her a Broadway legend, has died.Although Stritch appeared in movies and on television, garnering three Emmys and finding new fans as Alec Baldwin's unforgiving mother on "30 Rock," 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".In "Company" (1970), Stritch played the acerbic Joanne, delivering a lacerating version of "The Ladies Who Lunch," a classic Sondheim song dissecting the modern Manhattan matron.One class was on making wallets with Elaine Stritch and Andrew Lloyd Webber.It was in England that Stritch met and married actor John Bay.Stritch never went on for Merman, but she did take over the part when the show went on the road.A documentary, "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me," premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival the week before she left New York, showing a feisty Stritch as she reacted with anger, frustration and acceptance at her increasingly evident mortality.
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