Date of Birth: February 02, 1925 (94)
Birth Place: Detroit, MI, USA
Gender: Female

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.

Elaine Stritch Awards and Nominations

(winners are in red)

 
Olivier Awards - 2003 - Best Actress in a Musical or Entertainment
Elaine StritchElaine Stritch At Liberty
 
Drama League Awards - 2002 - Distinguished Achivement in Musical Theatre Gold Star
Elaine Stritch
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 2002 - Special Citation Gold Star
Elaine Stritch, Elaine Stritch at Liberty
 
Obie Awards - 2002 - Special Citations Gold Star
Elaine Stritch, Elaine Stritch at Liberty
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2002 - Outstanding Solo Performance Gold Star
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