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.
One last look. (Photo by Stuart Ramson/AP)