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GrandmaEnjoying the sixth decade of an impressive career, Elaine Stritch sees no retirement in the near future.
Born in Detroit, Ms. Stritch studied at the New School under the direction of Erwin Piscator. She began her career in the Broadway revue Angel in the Wings and went on to appear in such notable shows as Pal Joey (while standing by for Ethel Merman in Call Me Madam). She has collected numerous accolades on both Broadway and in London’s West End, including Tony Award nominations for Bus Stop, Sail Away, A Delicate Balance, and Company. Her rendition of Stephen Sondheim’s “The Ladies Who Lunch,” from Company, is legendary.
She performed her one-woman musical memoir Elaine Stritch at Liberty with her music director Rob Bowman in London, across the U.S., and on Broadway, earning Drama Desk, Obie, Outer Critics Circle, and Tony Awards, among other honors. The television broadcast of the show brought her an Emmy Award; she has also won Emmys for her guest-starring role opposite Alec Baldwin on 30 Rock and for a performance on Law & Order. Her additional Emmy Award nominations include ones for 30 Rock and the miniseries An Inconvenient Woman, directed by Larry Elikann. Her additional television credits include guest turns on The Cosby Show and 3rd Rock from the Sun; and a starring role on the hit BBC series Two’s Company, for which she was a BAFTA Award nominee.
In 2005, Ms. Stritch made her New York cabaret debut with At Home at The Carlyle. She has since performed, among other cabaret shows, Elaine Stritch Singin’ Sondheim…One Song at a Time. Also in recent years, she performed with the New York Philharmonic in Sondheim! The Birthday Concert; performed before President Obama on In Performance at the White House: A Broadway Celebration; and returned to Broadway in A Little Night Music, opposite Bernadette Peters.
Her feature films include the 1957 remake of A Farewell to Arms, directed by Charles Vidor; Blake Edwards’ The Perfect Furlough; Joseph Cates’ Who Killed Teddy Bear; Alain Resnais’ Providence; Woody Allen’s September and Small Time Crooks; Robert Luketic’s Monster-in-Law; and John Turturro’s Romance and Cigarettes.