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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

July 17, 2014 at 10:46 AM

R.I.P., Elaine Stritch

Very sad news today: Elaine Stritch, a true legend of stage and screen, died this morning at her home in Michigan, at the age of 89. Though primarily a stage performer (a longtime Broadway regular, she most recently performed a series of one-woman shows at New York’s Carlyle Hotel, showcasing the songs of Stephen Sondheim), she became known to a new generation as Jack Donaghy’s wonderfully tart-tongued mother Colleen in “30 Rock,” and was the subject of a moving documentary earlier this year, “Elaine Stritch; At Large.” This Emmy speech, from 2004, seems to be a perfectly distilled Elaine Stritch experience; she’s funny, vulnerable, a little nasty, and just wonderful. In other words, a true original.

Elaine StritchOne last look. (Photo by Stuart Ramson/AP)

 

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