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30 ROCK's Tina Fey Pays Tribute to Elaine Stritch: 'She Was a Tough Old Bird'

30 ROCK's Tina Fey Pays Tribute to Elaine Stritch: 'She Was a Tough Old Bird'While most remember legendary actress Elaine Stritch for her long and successful career on stage, fans of NBC's 30 Rock will remember her best for her portrayal of Colleen Donagy, mother of Alec Baldwin's Jack Donaghy on the comedy.

Yesterday, 30 Rock creator and star, Tina Fey, shared her memorable experience working with the actress with PEOPLE.

"Elaine was a 'tough old bird,' but I suspect she may have been a 'tough old bird' since birth," says Fey. "I loved her voice, her timing, her stories and her natural elegance."

She continued, "One day she was wearing a beautiful butterfly cocktail ring, and when I admired it, she gave it to me on the spot - like an Arab sheik in black pantyhose. I feel very lucky to have worked with her as much as I did."

Check out a clip of Stritch from NBC's 30 ROCK below:

Click here to see reactions from stars of stage and screen on the passing of Ms. Stritch, updating live.

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 theEdward Albee play A Delicate Balanceand her 2001 Tony Award winning one-woman show Elaine Stritch at Liberty.

Click here to read the full bio of Elaine Stritch.


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