Bernadette Peters Reacts to Passing of Elaine Stritch

Bernadette Peters Reacts to Passing of Elaine Stritch

Bernadette Peters, a close friend of legendary Broadway star Elaine Stritch, who died this morning at her home in Birmingham, MI at age 89, commented to BWW on the sad news of her passing:

"She was a dear friend, a tremendous talent and really smart - one of the most remarkable people I've ever known." says Peters, adding, "I loved her very much"

In 2010, the actresses co-starred in the Broadway revival of Sondheim's A Little Night Music, with Peters taking over the role of Desirée Armfeldt from Catherine Zeta-Jones and Stritch taking the baton from Angela Lansbury as Madame Armfeldt. The show played its final performance at the Walter Kerr Theatre on January 9, 2011.

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.

Photo Credit: Peter James Zielinski

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