Broadway legend Elaine Stritch dies at 89

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New York Times reporting that Broadway legend/actress Elaine Stritch has died at age 89.

One of Ms. Stritch’s most memorable appearances was in the Sondheim musical “Company” (1970), in which, as a cynical society woman, she saluted her peers with the vodka-soaked anthem “The Ladies Who Lunch.” It not only brought her another Tony nomination but became her signature tune — at least until, in her 70s, she became equally known for Sondheim’s paean to showbiz longevity and survival, “I’m Still Here.” It was the centerpiece of her 2001 one-woman show, “Elaine Stritch at Liberty,” and she sang it in 2010 at Mr. Sondheim’s 80th-birthday concert at Lincoln Center (Patti LuPone took on “The Ladies Who Lunch”) and at the White House for President Obama.

The five time Tony Award nominee (winning for her one woman show “Elaine Stritch at Liberty” ) also was honored with an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for Law & Order.

Her resume included many high profile feature films – including two with Woody Allen, September (1987) and Small Time Crooks (2000).

Stritch was also nominated for a Grammy Award in 2005 for Best Spoken Word Album for Children for The Best Halloween Ever.

The actress was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1995.