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Where Is She Now?

Elaine Stritch was never one for the big screen, or the little screen, so a lot of her credits in those areas are limited. Since 2000, she has appeared in only 10 TV shows or movies. She made an appearance in two episodes of 3rd Rock from the Sun as Martha Albright, her first in the 1997 episode Dick-In-Law, and her second in 2001 My Mother, My Dick. 2005 proved to be a “busy” year for Stritch. She would appear in a supporting role in the romantic comedy Monster-in-Law, starring Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda. She would also make an appearance in the John Turturro directed film, Romance & Cigarettes, but it was a very minor role.

But there is one show where she has become very well known to us all of a younger generation: 30 Rock. She plays the absolutely hilarious and wonderful Colleen Donaghy, the mother of Jack Donaghy. In fact, in 2007, Elaine Stritch won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for the episode Hiatus. She would go on to be nominated again the next three years in a row. She is honestly one of the funniest characters in the show whenever she gets a chance to appear. I absolutely love her character and how much she is feared.

But while Stritch has been quiet in front of a camera, she still does her thing on stage. From November 7, 2001 to December 30, 2001, she had a one-woman show, Elaine Stritch at Liberty in New York’s Public Theater. The show was a summation of her life and career. It ran on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre from February 21, 2002 to May 27, 2002. And since 2005, Stritch has been performing a cabaret act at the Cafe Carlyle in New York City. It’s safe to say that she’s still got it. And for anyone who may miss Stritch, she will be lending her voice to the stop-motion animated film ParaNorman, which will be in theaters August 17, 2012.

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Known more for her work on the stage than on the big screen, Elaine Stritch was born February 2, 1925 to Mildred and George Stritch in Detroit, Michigan. Born into a wealthy family, Stritch had the opportunity to pursue her dream of acting and train at the Dramatic Workship of The New School in New York City. Several other students of the prestigious Dramatic Workshop were Bea Arthur, Harry Belafonte, Marlon Brando, Tony Curtis, Rod Steiger, and Tennessee Williams.

Stritch made her stage debut in 1944, and in three short years was able to make her Broadway debut in the play Loco. 1947 would also mark her appearance in two other plays, Made in Heaven and the revue Angel in the Wings. As the years went on, her roles began to get bigger and better. While she was an understudy to Ethel Merman in Call Me Madam, she appeared in the revival of Pal Joey (1952). She would then star in the national tour of Call Me Madam, and was given a supporting role in the original production of William Inge’s Bus Stop.

It was in 1961, when Stritch starred in Noël Coward’s Sail Away, that she was “promoted over the title and given virtually all the best songs when it was reckoned that the leading lady … although excellent, was rather too operatic for a musical comedy.”(1) Throughout her time on the stage, Stritch became known as the singer with the brassy, powerful singing voice — and it wasn’t long before she became the toast of both Broadway and London’s West End.

When talking about Elaine Stritch, it’s essential to talk about her role in the British comedy series Two’s Company alongside Donald Sinden. Stritch played the role of Dorothy McNab, an American writer who lives in London and is famous for her sensationalist thriller novels. Sinder played the role of Robert, Dorothy’s English butler who disapproved of just about everything Dorothy did. The series thrived on the culture clash between these two characters. The show lasted from 1975 to 1979, and in total was nominated for four Britich Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA): 1977 for Best Comedy, 1979 for Best Comedy, Best Graphics (for the opening credits sequence) and Best Light Entertainment Performance for the two stars, Stritch and Sinden.

Stritch never appeared in many films, but when she did make an appearance, she always seemed to be a small, but integral part, of a very strong cast. Early on in her career, she appeared in the 1956 film Three Violent People, which starred Charlton Heston and Anne Baxter. She then co-starred with Rock Hudson and Jennifer Jones in the David O. Selznick remake of A Farewell to Arms. A year later, she appeared in The Perfect Furlough co-starring with Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh. But her best performance, in my opinion, was in the film Providence, directed by French filmmaker Alain Resnais.

(1) Source: http://books.google.com/books?id=iQyQNfaIKXwC&pg=PA126&dq=Coward+%22Sail+Away%22&hl=en#v=onepage&q=Coward%20%22Sail%20Away%22&f=false

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Elaine Stritch

Prominent Roles

The Scarlet Hour (1956) as Phyllis Rycker
Three Violent People (1956) as Ruby Lasalle
A Farewell to Arms (1957) as Helen Ferguson
The Perfect Furlough (1958) as Liz Baker
Providence (1977) as Helen Wiener
Two’s Company (1975-1979) as Dorothy McNab
September (1987) as Diane
The Cosby Show (1989-1990) as Mrs. McGee
An Inconvenient Woman (1991) as Rose
Law & Order (1992/1997) as Lanie Stieglitz
Small Time Crooks (2000) as Chi Chi Potter
3rd Rock from the Sun (1997/2001) as Martha Albright
Monster-in-Law (2005) as Gertrude
30 Rock (2007-1012) as Colleen Donaghy
ParaNorman (2012) as Grandma

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