RIP: Elaine Stritch

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By Richard Horgan

Broadway World has one of the first and best comments about the passing of the 89-year-old stage and film legend. It comes from Stritch’s agent Joel Dean:

“Elaine was truly one-of-a-kind. She was feisty, irascible and at the same time very vulnerable. After first meeting her she was very protective and hard to get to know but once I did she would be a friend forever. I learned not to be intimidated when she yelled at me which was very often.”

The full New York Times obituary is forthcoming. But in a career retrospective authored by Bruce Weber and Robert Berkvist, some key highlights are remembered. Including:

One of Ms. Stritch’s most memorable appearances was in the Sondheim musical Company (1970), in which, as a cynical society woman, she saluted her peers with the vodka-soaked anthem “The Ladies Who Lunch.” It not only brought her another Tony nomination but became her signature tune — at least until, in her 70s, she became equally known for Sondheim’s paean to showbiz longevity and survival, “I’m Still Here.”

RIP.