BroadwayWorld.com has confirmed the sad news today that Broadway legend Elaine Stritch died this morning, at home in Birmingham, MI. The star was 89 years old.
Click here to read a full bio on Ms. Stritch.
Stritch made her professional stage debut in 1944 and her Broadway debut in the comedy Loco in 1946. Notable Broadway credits include her Tony Award nominated roles in the original production of William Inge's 1955 play Bus Stop, Noël Coward's 1961 musical Sail Away, Stephen Sondheim's 1970 musical Company, which includes her performance of the song "The Ladies Who Lunch", the 1996 revival of the Edward Albee play A Delicate Balanceand her 2001 Tony Award winning one-woman show Elaine Stritch at Liberty.
For a look at Stritch's career in her own words, check out BWW's InDepth InterView from earlier this year here.
Friends and colleagues have already turned to Twitter to express their sorrow at the unexpected news. BWW will continue to update the reactions as they are posted.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson: What a life! 89 full years. A true legend & one of my all time favorites. R.I.P.
Lin-Manuel Miranda: RISE. RISE. RISE. RISE. RISE. RISE. Elaine Stritch, RIP.
Martha Plimpton: laine Stritch. http://nyti.ms/1zN9IYt I didn't think it was possible. I didn't think it was possible. Rest In Peace, Powerhouse.
Beth Behrs: RIP Elaine Stritch. You were one of my biggest inspirations growing up. #ladieswholunch
Scott Alan Net: So sad to hear about the passing of one of the acting greats. You will be missed Elaine Stritch. Everybody rise & drink to Elaine !
Lena Dunham Here's to the lady who lunched: Elaine Stritch, we love you. May your heaven be a booze-soaked, no-pants solo show at the Carlyle. Thank you
Anna Kendrick: Elaine Stritch man. Hell of a performer, spirit and woman. This one really hurts. Today's work is for you ma'am. Crazy love.
Ben Rimalower: I was #ElaineStritch's date to the 1999 Tony Awards. She criticized almost everybody in sight and serenaded me in the back of her limo. RIP
Michael Musto: There will never be another Elaine Stritch.
Brent Spiner: Farewell to the great Elaine Stritch. She was a trip. Loved working with her. Shared a few laughs, and a birthdate. Something of a genius.
Richard Roeper: No doubt the lights on Broadway will go out for a moment to honor the legendary Elaine Stritch. RIP
Josh Groban: I was lucky enough to see Elaine Stritch's one woman show and meet her. One of a kind and just the wittiest. So sad to hear of her passing.
Mia Farrow: I suspect Elaine Stritch won't know how to rest-in-peace! Iconic entertainer, force of nature, my wonderful movie-mom
The Tony Awards: Elaine Stricth, rest in peace. The @nytimestheater obit: http://t.co/t2aNLdwrxg
John Gallagher: I will always love you Elaine Stritch.
Actor's Equity: With a heavy heart, we share the news that Elaine Stritch has died. Rest in peace dear friend
Betty Buckley: So upset to hear this. I loved her deeply. Elaine Stritch, Tart-Tongued Broadway Actress and Singer, Is Dead at 89
Andy Cohen: RIP the great Elaine Stritch. Seeing her onstage was so special and memorable.
Sarah Hyland: What a life! 89 full years A true legend & one of my all time favorites R.I.P. #ElaineStritch"Getting off a plane to this hurts
Sam Harris: Dear Elaine Stritch died. What a woman! What a powerhouse of raw honesty and a big life! She will
Be missed but..
Nic Rouleau: I had the distinct honor to perform for Elaine Stritch in 2012. Her infectious laugh still sticks with me today. #RIP
Norm Lewis: The Broadway lights should be dimmed tonight in honor of a true Broadway legend: #RIP Elaine Stritch
Laura Benanti: RIP Elaine Stritch #EverybodyRise
Debbie Gibson: Saddened 2 hear of Elaine Stritch passing. She played my Auntie in a Little Women workshop n was a firecracker! Honored 2 have worked 2getha
Steve Kazee: Everybody Rise! RIP Elaine Stritch
Tim Federle: A petition to always refer to Elaine Stritch in the present tense.
Leslie Uggams: RIP dear lady. MT @nytimestheater Elaine Stritch, Broadway Actress & Singer, Dies at 89
Jordan Roth: "Happiness is up to you. You just have to understand what it is before you get it." -Elaine Stritch
Wesley Taylor: #ElaineStritch, Salty Veteran of Broadway and Cabaret, Dies at 89
Christina Applegate: Ahhh the Ladies who Lunch! Elaine Stritch shall be missed
Roseanne Barr: RIP ELAINE STRITCH! I love u! We'll miss u terribly-no 1 alive is as gr8 an actor/entertainer as U! All Hail a vagenius has left this realm!
Lena Hall: One of a kind! Elaine Stritch R.I.P
Sierra Boggess: Omg Elaine Stritch... Now making all the angels laugh RIP
Melissa Fumero: Broadway Legend Elaine Stritch Dead at 89 http://t.co/feY9Pd9Ker #RIP" Here's to the ladies who lunch. God speed Ms. Stritch! #icon
Bob Martin: (Writer and star of Drowsy Chaperone) Today we lost an honest-to-God, no bullshit, singing, dancing power dame. RIP Elaine Stritch.
David Lindsay-Abaire: Here's to Elaine Stritch. Everybody rise. Rise! Rise! Rise!
Michael Feinstein: I am devastated to hear of the passing of my dear friend, Elaine Stritch. fb.me/1zeN9BG1K
Alec Baldwin: A woman that I loved and admired, and a true one in a million, has gone to her rest.
Alec Baldwin: I'm sure that even God is a bit nervous right now. I love you, Elaine. insidemovies.ew.com/2014/02/18/ale...
Alec Baldwin: Thanks to all who took time to remember the one and only Elaine Stritch... pic.twitter.com/tbtVTPLwY6
Morgan Fairchild: Elaine Stritch, Tart-Tongued Broadway Actress and Singer, Is Dead at 89 nyti.ms/1zN9IYt What a loss! What a broad! Theater Legend!
Jane Lynch: God Bless and God Speed ELAINE STRITCH
Ben Platt: Elaine Stritch was always completely and honestly herself. That's the mark of a true comedian and a true legend. What a loss. #RIP
Ryann Redmond: RIP Elaine Stritch. A comedic legend and true Broadway diva.
Nia Vardalos: A vodka stinger toast to the late, great Elaine Stritch.
Melina Kanakaredes: RIP amazing Elaine Stritch #legend
Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (Stritch's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC co-star): "So many people have been reaching out this afternoon with apologies and condolences, but I haven't had a single cry yet - I am the most blessed actor and human alive to have had the opportunity to get to know Elaine Stritch in the capacity that I did. We first met in 2010 when she joined the Broadway production of A Little Night Music that I was in - and from day one we were inseparable. She told a joke backstage one night and I was the only one that laughed at the punch line. That's all it took!! She taught me so much, but most importantly, she taught me who I was. She taught me to always search for the truth and that there was nothing more important than the love that can exist for other people in this world. She was the closest person in my life and I wish everyone in this world could have had the chance I had to get to know her. She was a gift to this world."
Richard Jay-Alexander: Like Damon Runyon characters, Broadway Stars are BIGGER THAN LIFE. Elaine Stritch fit the BILL ... to a T. A passionate life fully lived and just as passionate on stage. No one, but NO ONE will ever deliver, "Does anyone still wear a hat?" BETTER or MORE BELIEVABLY. A TRUE ORIGINAL ... That, oh, so RARE thing. RIP Elaine and thank you for all the thrills.
The Carylye: Today we remember one of our own...the incomparable, vivacious and unforgettable Elaine Stritch. pic.twitter.com/4D0maEdmNM
Morgan James: RIP one the THE greats: Elaine Stritch.
Joel Dean, Stritch's long-time agent: "Elaine was truly one-of-a-kind. She was feisty, irascible and at the same time very vulnerable. After first meeting her she was very protective and hard to get to know but once I did she would be a friend forever. I learned not to be intimidated when she yelled at me which was very often."
Ann Hampton Calloway: In tears going to the airport having learned Elaine Stritch has died. She was in the first Broadway show our... fb.me/2GemTpi14
Joshua Malina: R.I.P. Elaine Stritch -- a force of Nature.
Lea Salonga: Rest in peace, Elaine Stritch. There is no one like you, and there never will be.
Billy Eichner: RIP Elaine Stritch. One of the greatest of all time. One in a billion. #EverybodyRise
Zachary Quinto: elaine stritch. a legend. an inspiration. a most fully lived life. for all of the joy you brought so... instagram.com/p/qkANUJri2J/
Joss Whedon: Everybody rise. pic.twitter.com/KgEx5OVfh6
Katie Couric: So saddened by the loss of the legendary Elaine Stritch. nyti.ms/UdnfaA via @nytimes pic.twitter.com/ocxZUQXfpV
Signature Theatre: Here's to one of the greats! EVERYBODY RISE! #elainestritch
Kyle Dean Massey: RIP Elaine Stritch. I'll drink to you.
Telly Leung: My heart is broken today. Rest in peace, @ElaineStritch and THANK YOU for dedicating your life to the theater! You will be missed.
Andy Mientus: I'll drink to that.
Tracie Thoms: NOOO! Aw MAN, this one stings. #RIPElaineStritch. There will never be another genius like her. I'll drink to that! search.yahoo.com/search?p=elain...
Bruce Campbell: Elaine Stritch, Acerbic Tony and Emmy Winner, Dies at 89 She had a hell of a run! #finalbow news360.com/article/248547...
Kathy Lee GIfford: "I have great respect and affection for her." -@KathieLGifford remembers Elaine Stritch on.today.com/Wflzz7 pic.twitter.com/ssHbB7rl0d
Christopher Jackson: RIP Miss Elaine Stritch. We ALL stand on your shoulders. #REALDIVA #Original #TheyBroketheMold
Orfeh: "I find it easier to abstain than do a little bit of anything I'm not a little bit kind of dame I want it all whatever I do." RIP E. Stritch
Erich Bergen: RIP to the brilliant Elaine Stritch. I was honored to witness her brilliance in action many times and interview her. A life well lived.
Annoying Actor Friend: Elaine Stritch. We lost a piece of Broadway today, didn't we? It's like a corner of Shubert Alley just fell off the map.
Rosie O'Donnell: One of a kind ....Elaine Stritch - truly adored her instagram.com/p/qkG7MEDmB8/
Audra McDonald: RIP Elaine Stritch. There never was or ever will be anyone like you.
Audra McDonald: Sadly Elaine Stritch joins another legend whose life ended on this day albeit 55 years ago, Billie Holiday who died on July 17th, 1959.
Caroline Rhea: I LOVED Elaine Stritch and the world is now short one truly funny, gifted broad! #ILoveYourHat
Lucy Lawless: Oh, my god! What a great Broad. My hero! "@GroovyBruce: Elaine Stritch,Tony and Emmy Winner, Dies at 89! #finalbow news360.com/article/248547..."
Lucy Lawless: As Fierce as She Is Fragile: Elaine Stritch in Michigan nyti.ms/15Iu7Ac
Emilie de Ravin: #RIPElaineStritch you awesome and talented lady xo mobile.nytimes.com/2014/07/18/the...
Cheyenne Jackson: RIP Elaine Stritch. Bless you.
Kate Rockwell: It seems impossible to imagine Broadway without the fiery Elaine Stritch. She was an icon for me. I'll drink to you. Everybody rise!
Al Hirschfeld Foundation: #RIP #ElaineStritch alhirschfeldfoundation.org/search?keyword... pic.twitter.com/e6kzdjjllt
Matthew Sweet: Elaine Stritch's live show is one of the best nights I've had in a theatre. She bounded on in fishnets, breathlessly, and gasped...
Harvey Fierstein: All hail a true American original- ELAINE STRITCH! A giant talent. A giant pain in the ass. But when she cooked she cooked w/atomic power!
Hoda Kotb: So sad to hear about Elaine stritch. Xoxo she always had us laughing xoxo pic.twitter.com/P3WT2PRi1k
Bernadette Peters: "She was a dear friend - a tremendous talent and really smart - one of the most remarkable people I've ever known and I loved her very much"
Luke Evans: Here's to the lady..... and what a lady she was! RIP Elaine Stritch whosay.com/l/vBy8PGR
Bobby Cannavale: RIP Elaine Stritch. Never ever ever anyone like her.
The Actors Fund: We mourn the loss of Elaine Stritch, cherished friend & staunch supporter of those in need in our creative community. pic.twitter.com/Bzhpc4wQN2
Kelly Sullivan: RIP Elaine Stritch. You are a legend. Thank you for your talent. #NoPants #IllDrinkToThat @JennColella pic.twitter.com/UnYI0CF9gk
Liza Minnelli: "Elaine was a magnificent woman in every sense of the word...a true trail blazer. Her talent and spunk will be greatly missed by so many of us."
Joan Rivers: "I adored Elaine Stritch. She was witty, sarcastic, a great New Yorker. Anyone that missed seeing her perform missed a legend like no other."
Corey Mach: RIP Elaine Stritch. such an inspiration XOXO
Joe Iconis: The greatest, the greatest, the greatest. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXLpg5vSGwc ... #RIP #ElaineStritch
Jason Robert Brown: Safe passage, Stritchie. You were totally fucking impossible and absolutely worth it.
Barrett Wilbert Weed: Elaine.
Ariana DeBose: #RIP #ElaineStritch she was a giant among women & a comedic legend. Here's to the ladies who lunch!
Adrienne Warren: Met you and watched you perform from the wings when I was 18. You're a real "game changer" for me and so many others! RIP @Elainestritch
Jenna Leigh Green: Just heard of the passing of the great Elaine Stritch. A true legend and inspiration...Here's to the ladies who lunch! RIP
Katie Lowes: Here's to the ladies who lunch... #EverybodyRise #RIPElaineStritch nytimes.com/2014/07/18/the...
The Late Show with David Letterman: Dave is Elaine Stritch's pool boy in this '96 appearance by the B'way legend. RIP. Watch: bit.ly/1tXeiTv #tbt pic.twitter.com/RaXW1PLyfs
Kerry Butler: I bet Elaine Stritch is up in heaven telling stories that make the angels blush. #theaterroyalty #oneofakind RIP
Alexandra Silber: Elaine Stritch, you were, and shall always be, a legend. #RIP
Larry King: Sorry to learn of the passing of Elaine Stritch at age 89. What a great actress and what a funny, funny lady. #Broadwaylegend
Molly Ringwald: Losing all the greats. Farewell Elaine Stritch. Even your name was cool. mobile.nytimes.com/2014/07/18/the...
Jenna Elfman: Ohhhhhh Ms. Elaine Stritch-- I'm gonna miss you. Thanks for being my hero and friend. Be free, my... instagram.com/p/qkZDIhvNOi/
Kelli O'Hara: @ElaineStritch, remembering your laughter at the Carlyle. And admiring you for being YOU. nytimes.com/2014/07/18/the...
Rose McGowan: Elaine Stritch legendary dame instagram.com/p/qkmQu7gYoJ/
Molly Pope: Everybody has an Elaine Stritch story because Elaine Stritch was everybody.
Stephanie J. Block: As Broadway dims their lights for THE Ms. Stritch... A tribute we can all be a part of is to remove our pants & just wear black hose today.
John Larroquette: Elaine Stritch, Charlie Haden and Johnny Winter. Hell of a trio in heaven tonight.
Adam Gwon: RIP Elaine Stritch, who taught Rudy Huxtable to dance, Broadway to cuss, and us theater folk to keep fighting the good fight.
Andrea Burns: Farewell, Elaine Stritch. Truly and forever, an original. R.I.P. pic.twitter.com/fY1jGtJnuu
Helene Yorke: Paving the way for women with balls. What an incredible artist Elaine Stritch was and always will be. buzzfeed.com/adambvary/the-
Holland Taylor: Do see @ElaineStritch documentary "Shoot Me," just out on @netflix. You will see that Elaine, as a person... trumps the legend.
Kay Cannon: While filming a Xmas ep of #30rock, Elaine Stritch made @riggirobot & I laugh harder than I think we ever had. Ah Stritchy, u crazy bitch!
Ann Harada: I'd tell you my Elaine Stritch story, but i know she wouldn't give a shit so why should you? RIP to one of the greats.
Gina Gershon: Here's to Elaine Stritch. I just loved her. A true broad. Incredible performer. An original. Will be greatly missed. pic.twitter.com/GwyVEbJEw3
Stay tuned to BroadwayWorld as the Broadway and Hollywood communities remember this one-of-a-kind legend.