An elegant, distinguished stage actress, first noted for her comedic roles on the London stage, Browne began appearing in films in the late 1930s and is probably best known for her role in Peter Medak...
Rocker Morrissey has offered up a tribute to actress pal Elaine Stritch, who died on Thursday (17Jul14), calling her "a demented genius". The former The Smiths singer and the Two's Company star became unlikely pals after Morrissey introduced himself to her in a Los Angeles hotel, and he wrote about their friendship in his recently released memoirs, Autobiography.
In a statement released on Friday (18Jul14), he wrote: "Elaine was my friend for a while. She was, of course, a demented genius - in loveable ways. Can we appreciate the people who are around us right now? The answer, of course, is 'No', for we are all pathetic human beings. It takes death for us to say aloud: thank you for everything, Elaine Stritch.
Stritch was 89 when she died at her home in Michigan.
Writing about the beloved actress in his book, Morrissey noted: "Stritch stretches back one hundred years, a true star of the American stage, and a hallowed prize on any of her rare television appearances. She is a cauldron of Lucille Ball, Tallulah Bankhead, Coral Browne, Estelle Getty and Beatrice Arthur - her creaky tough-nut croak of a voice is loud enough to fill the hotel foyer. She is a blase broad of yesteryear - so funny that people hope that she will soon stop talking."
Joined the Old Vic, London; appeared in "Othello", "King Lear", "Hamlet" and "Macbeth"
Australian stage debut in "Loyalties", Melbourne
Portrayed herself in the based-on-fact "An Englishman Abroad", which detailed her relationship with spy Guy Burgess
Appeared with future husband Vincent Price in "Theatre of Blood"
London stage debut as understudy, "Lover's Leap"
Portrayed an adult Alice Liddell in "Dreamchild"
Co-starred with Peter O'Toole in "The Ruling Class"
An elegant, distinguished stage actress, first noted for her comedic roles on the London stage, Browne began appearing in films in the late 1930s and is probably best known for her role in Peter Medak's zany satire, "The Ruling Class" (1972). She appeared in the British-made TV drama "An Englishman Abroad" (1983), directed by John Schlesinger and based on her real-life 1958 encounter with spy Guy Burgess. Browne was also outstanding in Gavin Millar's "Dreamchild" (1985) as octogenarian Alice Hargreaves, who as a girl had inspired Lewis Carroll to write "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". Married to second husband, actor Vincent Price, from 1974 until her death.