Elaine Stritch

Actor, Acting teacher
A bona fide legend of Broadway, Elaine Stritch spent over five decades on the musical and dramatic stage, though her reputation as a sharp-tongued, unapologetically audacious personality spread far beyond the boards of ... Read more »
Born: 02/02/1925 in Detroit, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Actor (58)

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me 2014 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Six by Sondheim 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

ParaNorman 2012 (Movie)

Grandma (Voice)

The 2009 Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

30 Rock 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Romance and Cigarettes 2007 (Movie)

Grace Murder (Actor)

Monster-in-Law 2005 (Movie)

Gertrude (Actor)

Broadway: The Golden Age 2004 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Liz Smith 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Once Upon a Sleigh Ride 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Autumn in New York 2000 (Movie)

Dolly (Actor)

My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Screwed 2000 (Movie)

Miss Crock (Actor)

Small Time Crooks 2000 (Movie)

Chi Chi Potter (Actor)

Mia Farrow: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock Hudson: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 53rd Annual Tony Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Noel Coward Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

3rd Rock From the Sun 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

An Unexpected Life 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Krippendorf's Tribe 1998 (Movie)

Irene Hargrove (Actor)

Law & Order 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Oz 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Out to Sea 1997 (Movie)

Mavis (Actor)

The 49th Annual Tony Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Cadillac Man 1990 (Movie)

Widow (Actor)

Sensibility and Sense 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Steel Magnolias 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock Hudson: Tall, Dark & Handsome 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Cocoon: the Return 1988 (Movie)

Ruby (Actor)

September 1987 (Movie)

Diane (Actor)

Stranded 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ellen Burstyn Show 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Song By Song 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Providence 1977 (Movie)

Helen Wiener (Actor)

The Powder Room 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Pigeons 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

Original Cast Album: Company 1969 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Trials of O'Brien 1965 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

Who Killed Teddy Bear? 1965 (Movie)

Billie (Actor)

The Perfect Furlough 1958 (Movie)

Liz Baker (Actor)

A Farewell to Arms 1957 (Movie)

Helen Ferguson (Actor)

The Scarlet Hour 1956 (Movie)

Phyllis Ricker (Actor)

Three Violent People 1956 (Movie)

Ruby LaSalle (Actor)

Growing Paynes 1948 - 1949 (TV Show)

Actor

An Inconvenient Woman (TV Show)

Actor

Chance of a Lifetime (TV Show)

Actor

Elaine Stritch at Liberty (TV Show)

Actor

Follies in Concert (TV Show)

Actor

Paradise (TV Show)

Actor

The Spiral Staircase (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A bona fide legend of Broadway, Elaine Stritch spent over five decades on the musical and dramatic stage, though her reputation as a sharp-tongued, unapologetically audacious personality spread far beyond the boards of New York and London. With her whiskey-soaked voice and wry comic timing, Stritch established herself as an unconventional leading lady in 1950s Broadway productions "Pal Joey" and "Bus Stop," with her show-stopping performance of the cynical and world-weary number "Ladies Who Lunch" from the 1970 musical "Company" becoming her career-long signature piece. The long-legged dame starred in several British sitcoms during the 1970s and remained a fixture in the American theater scene during the 1980s and 1990s, touring nationally and making a small dent in the film world with an acclaimed role in Woody Allen's 1987 film "September." She was 77 years old when she unveiled the one-woman show "Elaine Stritch at Liberty" and earned rave reviews for the autobiographical music and monologue production that won a Tony, Emmy and new fans as it morphed from Broadway to screen to cabaret. Into the new century, Stritch was tapped for scene-stealing character roles in film and TV including an Emmy-winning appearance on "30 Rock" (NBC, 2006- ), and enjoyed her status not only as a revered treasure of Broadway's old guard, but as a salty addition to any stage or screen gathering. Heath at the age of 89 in July 2014 led to fond remembrances from generations of fans and fellow actors.

Relationships

Mildred Stritch

Mother

Joe Allen

Companion

John Bay

Husband
British married in 1973 until his death in 1982

Ben Gazzara Actor

Companion
Had relationship in the 1950s

George Stritch

Father

Gig Young

Companion

EDUCATION

Convent of the Sacred Heart

Birmingham , Michigan
Attended for 12 years

Dramatic Workshop of the New School for Social Research

New York , New York 1944
Studied with Erwin Piscator

Milestones

2011

Returned to the stage for "Elaine Stritch At Home at The Carlyle: Singin’ Sondheim…Again. Why Not?" at the Café Carlyle

2007

Appeared as the mother of Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) on the NBC hit series "30 Rock"; earned Emmy nomination (2008, 2009, 2010) for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

2005

Cast as James Gandolfini's mother in "Romance & Cigarettes" directed by John Turturro (released theatrically in 2007)

2004

Received a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word for The Best Halloween Ever

2002

Appeared in the one-woman show, "Elaine Stritch at Liberty"; began performances Off-Broadway at the Public Theatre and later moved to Broadway (aired on HBO in 2003)

1999

Reprised starring role in concert version of "Sail Away"

1997

Featured as Dyan Cannon's mother in the comedy "Out to Sea"

1996

Earned fourth Tony nomination for her performance as the alcoholic sister Claire in the revival of Edward Albee's "A Delicate Balance"

1993

Played Parthenia Hawks in Harold Prince's revival of the landmark musical, "Show Boat"

1992

Created the role of lawyer Lanie Siegel on an episode of the NBC series "Law & Order"; reprised role four years later in another episode

1990

Had starring role in the busted CBS pilot for a sitcom based on "Steel Magnolias"

1987

Made return to features after a decade in Woody Allen's "September"

1986

Played Ellen Burstyn's mother on the short-lived ABC sitcom "The Ellen Burstyn Show"

1985

Appeared in the all-star concert version of the Stephen Sondheim-James Goldman musical "Follies"

1983

Returned to New York City

1977

Last film for a decade, "Providence" opposite John Gielgud and Ellen Burstyn

1975

Moved to London; starred in the British TV comedy, "Two's Company"

1969

Appeared in the documentary "Original Cast Album: Company"; film depicted the gruelling 15-hour recording of the original cast album of the stage musical; Stritch's many takes and growing frustrations was one of the more fascinating parts of the film

1969

Delivered a scene-stealing turn as the acerbic Joanne in the Broadway musical "Company"; performed what became her signature song "The Ladies Who Lunch"; earned a Tony nomination

1965

Featured on the CBS series "The Trials of O'Brien"

1965

Last feature for 12 years, "Who Killed Teddy Bear?"

1962

Assumed the role of Martha in the Broadway production of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

1961

Received a Tony nomination for her role in Noel Coward's Broadway musical "Sail Away!"; Coward wrote the role for Stritch; reprised role in 1962 for the London production

1960

Starred on the short-lived CBS sitcom "My Sister Eileen"

1956

Made film debut in "The Scarlet Hour"

1956

Earned a Tony nomination for her dramatic role as Grace, the diner owner, in "Bus Stop"

1955

Cast as Trixie Norton in the pilot episode of "The Honeymooners" (CBS); fired by Jackie Gleason

1952

Cast as newspaper reporter Melba Snyder in the revival of the Rodgers and Hart show "Pal Joey"

1952

Headlined the national tour of "Call Me Madam"

1950

Was the understudy to Ethel Merman for the Irving Berlin musical "Call Me Madam"

1949

Made TV debut on the eseries "The Growing Paynes" (Dumont)

1947

Played Regina Giddens in the Broadway production of "The Little Foxes"

1946

Made Broadway debut in "Loco"

1943

Made NY Stage debut as a tiger and a cow in the children's show, "Bobino"

1943

Moved to New York City

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan

Regular panelist on TV's "Pantomine Quiz"

Joined the Stella Adler Conservatory as an advanced acting teacher

Bonus Trivia

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Some sources listed Stritch's birth year as 1926.

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On her favorite review: "It was in USA Today. Can't think of the critic's name. At the end of the review, he said, 'Elaine Stritch is the most dangerous actress on Broadway.' As Noel [Coward] said in his song, 'I couldn't have liked it more.'" – from InTheater magazine, Nov. 8, 1999

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