Broadway Actress Elaine Stritch Dies

    Actress Elaine Stritch performs during a "A Broadway Celebration: In Performance at the White House" in Washington July 19, 2010.  The performance is part of the White House music series celebrating the arts. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT) - RTR2GJU7

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    Elaine Stritch, the acerbic star of Broadway shows like Elaine Stritch at Liberty, passed away Thursday at the age of 89. Stritch was also well known for playing Jack’s mother on 30 Rock, a role that nabbed her five Emmy nominations (she won in 2007). Born in Detroit, Stritch was also known for working with Stephen Sondheim for decades. In the one-woman show At Liberty, she spoke about her struggles with alcohol and her love life. She was famously known for living at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan for years. The New York Times described her as, “Plainspoken, egalitarian, impatient with fools and foolishness, and admittedly fond of cigarettes, alcohol, and late nights.”

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