|Understudied Ethel Merman in 1950's Call Me Madam.|
|Struggled with alcoholism for years as a way of dealing with her stage fright.|
|Studied theater with Erwin Piscator at the Dramatic Workshop of the New School for Social Research in New York City, where fellow students included Marlon Brando, Walter Matthau and Tony Curtis.|
|Won a 2002 Tony Award for her one-woman show, Elaine Stritch at Liberty. Two years later, she won an Emmy for the same show when it aired on HBO as a documentary.|
|Made her Broadway debut in the 1947 revue Angel in the Wings.|
|Briefly dated Brando while they were both at New School, an experience she recounted in her one-woman show.|
|Created the role of Joanne in Stephen Sondheim's 1970 musical, Company, which included her now-famous rendition of "The Ladies Who Lunch."|
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