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Elaine Stritch, Brash Stage Performer, Dies at 89

Updated: 07/17/2014 2:08 PM
Created: 07/17/2014 2:04 PM WDIO.com
By: JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer

NEW YORK (AP) - Elaine Stritch, the brash theater performer whose gravelly, gin-laced voice and impeccable comic timing made her a theatrical icon, has died, according to Brigade Marketing. She was 89.

Stritch died at home Thursday in Birmingham, Mich.

Although Stritch appeared in movies and on television, garnering three Emmys, she was best known for her stage work, particularly in her candid one-woman memoir, "Elaine Stritch: At Liberty," and in the Stephen Sondheim musical "Company."

She worked well into her late 80s, most recently as Madame Armfeldt in a revival of Sondheim's musical, "A Little Night Music." She replaced Angela Lansbury in 2010 to critical acclaim.

Stritch's signature style was wearing a loose fitting white shirt, high heels and sheer black tights.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

FILE - In this July 19, 2010 file photo shows actress Elaine Stritch performing at a White House Music Series event saluting Broadway in the East Room of the White House in Washington.
AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, file

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