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Elaine Stritch

Elaine Stritch

Close friend of Noel Coward. He later wrote the role of "Mimi Paragon" in the musical "Sail Away" for her.

Cousin of Ed Lauter.

Created the role of Joanne in the Broadway musical, "Company", the show in which she made famous the song "Ladies Who Lunch".

Is a diabetic.

Lived with Ben Gazzara for two years.



Made a "Living Landmark" of New York City in 2003 for her contributions to Broadway.

Niece of the late U.S. Roman Catholic Archbishop, 'Samuel Cardinal Stritch'.

Once nearly married late actor Gig Young. After their broken engagement he married pre-"Bewitched" (1964) star Elizabeth Montgomery.

Once was the legendary actress Alla Nazimova's understudy.

Shares the same birthdate (February 2) as her good friend, New York-based columnist Liz Smith.

She was nominated for a 2003 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for her performance as Best Actress in a Musical or Entertainment in "Elaine Stritch at Liberty" at The Old Vic Theatre of 2002.

Spoofed by Forbidden Broadway (an ongoing collection of parodies of Broadway shows and performers) in the song "Stritch," itself a humorous send-up of the song "Zip" from the musical "Pal Joey."

Studied theatre at the New School in Manhattan

Wins Tony award for Best Special Theatrical Event and Drama Desk award for best solo performance for her one-woman memoir of a Broadway show "Elaine Stritch At Liberty." Show also won Drama Desk award for best book of a musical (May/June 2002).

Won a Drama Desk award for best solo performance for her one-woman memoir Broadway show "Elaine Stritch At Liberty." Show also won Drama Desk award for best book of a musical (May/June 2002).

Won Broadway's 2002 Special Theatrical Event Tony Award for her one-woman show, "Elaine Stritch at Liberty," recreated for television and on video as Elaine Stritch: At Liberty (2002) (TV). She had four previous Tony nominations: as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) in 1956, for William Inge's "Bus Stop;" as Best Actress (Musical) in 1962, for "Sail Away," and in 1971, for "Company;" and as Best Actress (Play), in 1996 for a revival of Edward Albee's "A Delicate Balance."


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