Elaine Stritch

Actress and Vocalist
Born Feb 2, 1925

Elaine Stritch is an American actress and vocalist. She has appeared in numerous stage plays and musicals, feature films, and many television programs. She is known for her performance of "The Ladies Who Lunch" in Stephen Sondheim's 1970 musical Company, her 2001 one-woman show, Elaine Stritch at Liberty, and recently for her role as Jack Donaghy's mother Colleen on NBC's 30 Rock.… Read More

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1925 Birth Stritch was born on February 2, 1925, in Detroit, Michigan, the youngest daughter of Mildred (née Jobe; 1893–1987), a homemaker, and George Joseph Stritch (1892–1987), an executive with B.F. Goodrich. … Read More


1940 15 Years Old Samuel Stritch, Archbishop of Chicago from 1940 to 1958, was one of her uncles. … Read More
1944 19 Years Old 1 More Event
…  She made her professional stage debut in 1944 and appeared in numerous stage plays, musicals, feature films and television series. … Read More


1946 21 Years Old 1 More Event
Stritch made her Broadway debut in the 1946 comedy Loco and went on to receive four Tony Award nominations; for the William Inge play Bus Stop (1956); the Noël Coward musical Sail Away (1962); the Stephen Sondheim musical Company (1971), which included her performance of the song "The Ladies Who Lunch", and for the revival of the Edward Albee play A Delicate Balance (1996). … Read More
1952 27 Years Old Stritch understudied Ethel Merman for Call Me Madam, and, at the same time, appeared in the 1952 revival of Pal Joey, singing "Zip". … Read More


1961 36 Years Old 1 More Event
She starred in Noël Coward's Sail Away on Broadway in 1961. … Read More


1972 47 Years Old After over a decade of successful runs in shows in New York, Stritch moved in 1972 to London, where she starred in the West End production of Company. … Read More


1975 50 Years Old In 1975, Stritch starred in the British LWT comedy series Two's Company opposite Sir Donald Sinden. … Read More
1979 54 Years Old In 1979, both Stritch and Sinden were nominated for a BAFTA TV Award for Two's Company, in the category "Best Light Entertainment Performance", losing out to Ronnie Barker.
1980 55 Years Old In 1980, Stritch starred in another series for LWT, Nobody's Perfect (the British version of Maude) - not to be confused with the 1980 American series of the same name, which aired in the UK as Hart Of The Yard - playing Bill Hooper alongside Richard Griffiths as her husband Sam. … Read More
1982 57 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1982, Stritch appeared on an edition of the long-running BBC Radio comedy series Just a Minute alongside Kenneth Williams, Clement Freud and Barry Cryer. … Read More


1993 68 Years Old She appeared in a one-night only concert of Company in 1993 and as Parthy in a Broadway revival of the musical Show Boat in 1994.
1996 71 Years Old In 1996 she played Claire in a revival of Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance, with Variety writing: "Equally marvelous is Stritch, with a meatier role than her recent foray as Parthy in Show Boat.' … Read More
2001 76 Years Old Her one-woman show Elaine Stritch at Liberty, a summation of her life and career, premiered at New York's Public Theater, running from November 7 to December 30, 2001. … Read More
2005 80 Years Old Stritch performed a cabaret act in New York City at the Cafe Carlyle in the Carlyle Hotel, where she was a resident from 2005 until she left New York in 2013. … Read More
2010 85 Years Old Between musical numbers, Stritch told stories from the world of stage and screen, tales from her everyday life and personal glimpses of her private tragedies and triumphs. She performed at the Cafe Carlyle in early 2010 and in fall 2011 in At Home at the Carlyle: Elaine Stritch Singin' Sondheim One Song at a Time. Strich was married to the actor John Bay from 1973 until his death in 1982. … Read More
2013 88 Years Old In March 2013, Stritch announced she was leaving New York and relocating to Birmingham, Michigan. … Read More
2014 90 Years Old Stritch died in her sleep at her home in Birmingham, Michigan on July 17, 2014. … Read More
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