Elaine Stritch

Actress and Vocalist
Born Feb 2, 1925
Age 90
Hometown Michigan
Death Place Birmingham, Michi...
Religion Roman Catholic
Height 5' 7½" (17...
Nationality American
Alma Mater New School for So...

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 Elaine Stritch was born in 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


1944 19 Years Old Stritch made her stage debut in 1944.


1947 22 Years Old However, her Broadway debut was in Loco in 1947, directed by Jed Harris, followed soon after by Made in Heaven (as a replacement) and then the revue Angel in the Wings (1947) in which she performed comedy sketches and the song "Civilization".
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 She starred in Noël Coward's Sail Away on Broadway in 1961. … Read More


1966 41 Years Old In 1966, she played Ruth Sherwood in the musical Wonderful Town at New York's City Center, and appeared in an Off Broadway revival of Private Lives in 1968. … 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 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. … Read More
1980 55 Years Old When she returned to the United States in the mid 1980's from London, Woody Allen cast her as the former movie star mother in his drama September (1987). … 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
2002 77 Years Old Elaine Stritch at Liberty played to British audiences in 2002-03.
2008 83 Years Old She reprised Elaine Stritch at Liberty at Hartford Stage in June 2008.
2010 85 Years Old 1 More Event
She appeared in the Broadway revival of the Sondheim-Wheeler musical A Little Night Music, from July 2010 to January 2011, succeeding Angela Lansbury in the role of Madame Armfeldt, the wheelchair-bound mother who remembers her life as a courtesan in the song "Liaisons". … Read More
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