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Broadway Veteran and 30 Rock Actress Elaine Stritch Dies at 89

Legendary Broadway actress Elaine Stritch, whose career began in the 1940’s and simply did not stop, died today at the age of 89.

Stritch’s credits include starring roles in iconic Broadway musicals and plays (Company, Follies, and Bus Stop among them), award-winning appearances in television shows like 30 Rock and Two’s Company, and, notably, Elaine Stritch at the Liberty, a one-woman show about her life that won a Tony award in 2002:

The New York Times writes:

Plainspoken, egalitarian, impatient with fools and foolishness, and admittedly fond of cigarettes, alcohol and late nights — she finally gave up smoking and drinking in her 60s — though she took it up again — Ms. Stritch might be the only actor to work as a bartender after starring on Broadway, and she was completely unabashed about her good-time-girl attitude.

“I’m not a bit opposed to your mentioning in this article that Frieda Fun here has had a reputation in the theater, for the past five or six years, for drinking,” she said to a reporter for The New York Times in 1968. “I drink and I love to drink, and it’s part of my life.”

And, probably because she wouldn’t mind, here’s one of her appearances on 30 Rock as Jack Donaghy’s mother, in which she talks about how she wants to be buried:

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