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Elaine Stritch

Birth Place: Detroit, MI, USA

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Elaine Stritch was an American actress and singer, known for her work on Broadway. She made her professional stage debut in 1944 and appeared in numerous stage plays, musicals, feature films and television series. She was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1995.

Stritch made her Broadway debut in the 1946 comedy Loco and went on to receive four Tony Award nominations: for the William Inge play Bus Stop (1956); the Noël Coward musical Sail Away (1962); the Stephen Sondheim musical Company (1971), which included her performance of the song "The Ladies Who Lunch"; and for the revival of the Edward Albee play A Delicate Balance (1996). Her one-woman show Elaine Stritch at Liberty, won the 2002 Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event.

Stritch relocated to London in the 1970s and starred in several West End productions, including Tennessee Williams' Small Craft Warnings (1973) and Neil Simon's The Gingerbread Lady (1974). She also starred with Donald Sinden in the ITV sitcom Two's Company (1975-79), which earned her a 1979 BAFTA TV Award nomination. She won an Emmy Award in 1993 for her guest role on Law & Order and another for the 2004 television documentary of her one-woman show. From 2007 to 2012, she had a recurring role as Colleen Donaghy on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock, a role that won her a third Emmy in 2007.

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Elaine Stritch STAGE CREDITS

Broadway Revival, 2009
Madame Armfeldt [Replacement]


Broadway Transfer, 2002

Public Theater Production, 2001

New York Concert, 1999
Mimi Paragon

Angela Lansbury Tribute Benefit, 1996



Broadway Revival, 1996

Broadway Revival, 1994
Parthy Ann Hawks

Reunion Concert, 1993

Melissa Gardner [Replacement]

Melissa Gardner [Replacement]

New York Concert, 1985
Hattie Walker

[West End]
London Revival, 1973
Rose [Replacement]

[West End]
London Production, 1972

[US Tour]
National Tour, 1971

Original Broadway Production, 1970


[US Tour]
1st National Tour, 1968
Vera Charles

Martha (Alternate) [Replacement]

[West End]
London Production, 1962
Mimi Paragon

Original Broadway Production, 1961
Mimi Paragon

Original Broadway Production, 1958
Maggie Harris

Gertrude Muldoon

Grace Hoylard

Broadway Revival, 1954
Peggy Porterfield

Broadway Revival, 1952
Melba Snyder

[US Tour]
National Tour, 1951
Mrs. Sally Adams

Original Broadway Production, 1950
Mrs. Sally Adams (Standby)

June Farrell

Original Broadway Production, 1947



Lula Belle


Little Nettie

Pamela Brewster


Elaine Stritch Movies

The Scarlet Hour
[ 1956 ] Phyllis Rycker
A Farewell to Arms
[ 1957 ] Helen Ferguson
The Perfect Furlough
[ 1958 ] Liz Baker
Kiss Her Goodbye
[ 1959 ] Marge Carson
Who Killed Teddy Bear
[ 1965 ] Marian Freeman
Too Many Thieves
[ 1966 ] Miss G
The Sidelong Glances of a Pigeon Kicker
[ 1970 ] Tough Lady
The Spiral Staircase
[ 1975 ] Nurse
[ 1977 ] Helen Wiener
[ 1987 ] Diane
Cocoon: The Return
[ 1988 ] Ruby
Cadillac Man
[ 1990 ] Widow
Out to Sea
[ 1997 ] Mavis LaBreche
Krippendorf's Tribe
[ 1998 ] Irene Hargrove
[ 2000 ] Miss Crock
Autumn in New York
[ 2000 ] Dolly
Small Time Crooks
[ 2000 ] Chi Chi Potter
[ 2005 ] Gertrude
Romance & Cigarettes
[ 2005 ] Nick's Mother
[ 2012 ] Grandma
River of Fundament
[ 2014 ] Eulogist

Elaine Stritch TV Shows

30 Rock
Colleen Donaghy
3rd Rock from the Sun
Martha Albright
Law & Order
Lanie Stieglitz
Nobody's Perfect
Bill Hooper
Soul Man
Mrs. Foster
Tales of the Unexpected
Pamela Beauchamp, Mary Pearl
The Cosby Show
Mrs. McGee
The Edge of Night
Mrs. DeGroot
The Ellen Burstyn Show
Sydney Brewer
The Trials of O'Brien
Miss G
Two's Company
Dorothy McNab

Elaine Stritch Awards and Nominations

Olivier Awards - 2003 - Best Actress in a Musical or Entertainment

Elaine StritchElaine Stritch At Liberty

Drama League Awards - 2002 - Distinguished Achivement in Musical Theatre

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New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 2002 - Special Citation

Elaine Stritch, Elaine Stritch at Liberty

Obie Awards - 2002 - Special Citations

Elaine Stritch, Elaine Stritch at Liberty

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2002 - Outstanding Solo Performance

Elaine Stritch, Elaine Stritch at Liberty

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2002 - Outstanding Solo Performance

Elaine Stritch, Elaine Stritch at Liberty

The Lortels - 2002 - Outstanding Lead Actress

Elaine Stritch, Elaine Stritch At Liberty

Tony Awards - 1996 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Elaine Stritch , A Delicate Balance

Drama Desk Awards - 1995 - Outstanding Actress - Musical

Elaine StritchShowboat

Tony Awards - 1971 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Elaine Stritch , Company

Tony Awards - 1962 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Elaine Stritch, Sail Away

Tony Awards - 1956 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Elaine Stritch, Bus Stop

Elaine Stritch Videos

Elaine Stritch News

Adam Guettel, Austin Pendleton and More Will Be Honored with Dramatists Guild Awards

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Review: Gender-Swapped COMPANY Cleverly Reimagines Sondheim Show

More than 50 years after its original Broadway production, which had a Boston tryout at the Shubert Theatre, the Stephen Sondheim musical Company, with book by George Furth, had its third revival in 2021, in a sprightly, cleverly reimagined, gender-swapped production that won five Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical.
Celebrity Series of Boston: Patti LuPone A LIFE IN NOTES

After two previous appearances with the Celebrity Series of Boston in 2003 and 2011, the long overdue return of Patti LuPone to the stage at Symphony Hall on Tuesday night was an epic performance worth the wait. Enthusiastic entrance applause greeted Joseph Thalken (music direction and arrangements) and Brad Phillips (strings), but rose to Richter scale magnitude when Patti strode out.
MEN ABOUT TOWN Al Hirschfeld Exhibition is Now Live Online

The Al Hirschfeld Foundation as opened its latest online exhibition, 'Men About Town: Al Hirschfeld Draws Noël Coward.'
Ronald Rand Will Lead LET IT BE ART! at Greece's Lithographeion Theatre in Patras

Goodwill Cultural Ambassador Ronald Rand, during his 24th year touring around the world to 26 countries will perform in his celebrated solo play, LET IT BE ART! as Harold Clurman, 'the Elder Statesman of the American Theatre,' on March 31st at the renowned Lithographeion Theatre in Patras, Greece.
La MaMa Experiments Play Reading Series to Present Paul Iacono's HIGH PRIEST

La MaMa's “Experiments Play Reading Series” will present the first public reading of Paul Iacono's new play HIGH PRIEST for one night only. Learn more about the play and see how to purchase tickets.
Aaron Tveit Will Make Cafe Carlyle Debut This June

Tony winner Aaron Tveit is set to enchant audiences with his debut residency at the iconic Café Carlyle from June 18 to 29. We have all the details on his upcoming shows!
Barb Jungr Brings Three Nights of Concerts to London's Crazy Coqs With 'Singing Into My 70s'

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HIGH PRIEST A New Play By Paul Iacono Debuts At La MaMa In Free Reading This March

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Robert Klein and Julie Gold Among The 14 Honorees At The 39th Annual BISTRO AWARDS GALA

Celebrate the musical and comedy artistry of Robert Klein, Julie Gold, and more at the 39th Annual Bistro Awards Gala on April 1 at Gotham Comedy Club. Hosted by Steve Hayes, the event honors exceptional artists with performances and special awards.
Review: Gender-Swapped COMPANY Falls Flat at the Ohio Theatre Despite Genius Sondheim Score

Nominated for a record-setting 14 Tony Awards and winning 6 in the original production in 1970, Stephen Sondheim’s COMPANY was one of the first musicals to deal with contemporary dating, marriage, and divorce.  Originally played by a male lead, Director Marianne Elliott (with approval from Sondheim) decided to swap genders in the second West End revival in 2018, and Bobby then became Bobbie.
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How many Broadway shows has Elaine Stritch been in?

Elaine Stritch has appeared on Broadway in 19 shows.

How many West End shows has Elaine Stritch been in?

Elaine Stritch has appeared on London's West End in 3 shows.

What was Elaine Stritch's first West End show?

Elaine Stritch's first West End show was Sail Away which opened in 1962

What awards has Elaine Stritch been nominated for?

Elaine Stritch has been nominated for various awards throughout her career, including Best Actress in a Musical or Entertainment at the Olivier Awards for "Elaine Stritch At Liberty," Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre at the Drama League Awards, a Special Citation at the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards for "Elaine Stritch at Liberty," Special Citations at the Obie Awards for the same show, Outstanding Solo Performance at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Elaine Stritch at Liberty," Outstanding Lead Actress at The Lortels for "Elaine Stritch At Liberty," Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play at the Tony Awards for "A Delicate Balance," Outstanding Actress - Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for "Showboat," Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for "Company," Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for "Sail Away," and Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play at the Tony Awards for "Bus Stop."

What awards has Elaine Stritch won?

Elaine Stritch has won several awards for her performance in "Elaine Stritch at Liberty," including the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre from the Drama League Awards, a Special Citation from the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards, Special Citations from the Obie Awards, and Outstanding Solo Performance from the Outer Critics Circle Awards.

How many shows has Elaine Stritch written?

Elaine Stritch has written 1 shows including Elaine Stritch At Liberty (Bookwriter).

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