The Broadway community mourns the loss of actress and singer Elaine Stritch, who passed away today at age 89. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in her memory tomorrow night, Friday, July 18th, at exactly 7:45pm for one minute.
The American actress and singer was best known for her work on Broadway. The four-time Tony Award - nominee has appeared in numerous stage plays and musicals, feature films, and many television programs. She also starred in several West End productions in London.
"Elaine Stritch's big personality was matched by her big talent. Collaborating with some of Broadway's greatest playwrights and composers throughout her lengthy career, her signature numbers and singular style created a memorable legacy," said Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of the Broadway League. "Elaine Stritch will always be remembered as an important part of Broadway's rich history, and she will be missed by her many fans."
Ms. Stritch made her Broadway debut in the comedy Loco in 1946. Notable Broadway credits include her four Tony Award â - nominated roles in the original production of William Inge's play Bus Stop(1956), Noel Coward's musical Sail Away (1962), Stephen Sondheim's musical Company (1971), and the revival of the Edward Albee play A Delicate Balance (1996). Her one-woman show Elaine Stritch at Liberty received a Special Theatrical Event Tony Award in 2002. Stritch's last turn on Broadway came in 2010 as Madame Armfeldt in the revival of the Stephen Sondheim - Hugh Wheeler musical A Little Night Music.
Elaine Stritch at Liberty was re-created for television, and Stritch collected the second of her three career Emmys. In 2003, she was saluted by The New York Landmark Conservancy as a "living landmark" for her contributions to the Great White Way. In 2013, the documentary about her, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.