Elaine Stritch is an Irish-American actress and singer.
Her Broadway debut came in the revue “Angel in the Wings”. Stritch became known as a singer with a brassy, rough voice who could portray brash characters. After over a decade of successful runs in shows in New York, Stritch moved to London, England in 1972, where she starred in the West End production of Company.
Although her work has primarily been on the stage, Stritch has also made many appearances in films, most recently in films such as Woody Allen’s “September” and “Small Time Crooks”, “Monster-In-Law”, and “Autumn in New York”. In 2002, her one-woman show Elaine Stritch At Liberty won the Tony for Best Special Theatrical Event.
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