Born in Michigan, ELAINE STRITCH studied at the New School under the direction of Erwin Piscator. She began her award winning career in the Broadway revue Angel in the Wings and went on to appear in such notable shows as Bus Stop, Sail Away and Pal Joey (while standing by for Ethel Merman in the musical Call Me Madam.) She was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in the 1996 revival of Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance. Ms. Stritch’s rendition of “The Ladies Who Lunch” from the 1970 Stephen Sondheim musical Company is legendary.
Ms. Stritch made her film debut in the 1957 remake of A Farewell to Arms starring Rock Hudson. She co-starred in the 1977 Alain Resnais’ film Providence and the award-winning BBC television series Two’s Company. Her television credits include The Cosby Show, Third Rock From the Sun, Soul Man and the miniseries An Inconvenient Woman, for which she received an Emmy Award nomination. She won her first Emmy Award for her recurring role on Law & Order. Ms. Stritch received a Tony Award and two Drama Desk Awards for her critically-acclaimed Broadway production of Elaine Stritch At Liberty. In 2005, Ms. Stritch made her New York cabaret debut At Home at The Carlyle and the following year presented a sold out run of Elaine Stritch at Liberty at The Carlyle.
In April 2007, Ms. Stritch was introduced on the hit television show 30 Rock as Colleen Donaghy, Alec Baldwin’s mother, and received her second Emmy Award for Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance. In 2008, she and her music director Rob Bowman presented a limited engagement of Elaine Stritch at Liberty in London at the Shaw Theatre and then took the show on tour throughout the US.
Ms. Stritch returned to “old Broadway” this past year playing Madame Armfeldt to the A-adorable Bernadette Peters’ Desirée in A Little Night Music which ran for a limited sold-out (with extension) engagement. Thank God – another opening! No retirement in the near future. . .”isn’t it bliss?”