Elaine Stritch Dead at 89
The indomitable Elaine Stritch passed away Thursday morning. She was 89.
Though today she is perhaps most recognizable as Jack Donaghy’s mother on 30 Rock, Stritch is best known for her theater work which netted her five Tony nominations throughout her decades-long career. She was also nominated for eight Emmys, winning three, including one in 2007 for her role on 30 Rock. Stritch was also nominated for a Grammy in 2005 for, ironically enough, Best Spoken Word Album for Children. Stritch also had a prolific film career, stretching from 1954 to 2012’s ParaNorman.
Perhaps more so, even, than her critically acclaimed acting work, Stritch was beloved for her notoriously acerbic tongue and, later in her life, her uniform of giant glasses, an oversized dress shirt, tights and no pants. Earlier this year, Stritch was up to her old tricks, dropping an f-bomb on Today while promoting the documentary about her life, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me.
They don’t make many like they made Elaine; she will be dearly missed.