Elaine Stritch, Salty Broad of Broadway, Is Dead at 89


Broadway legend Elaine Stritch passed away Thursday morning at her home in Birmingham, Michigan. She was 89. Little is known so far about her death, but one thing is for certain: Stritch knew how to live.

From her obit (which was clearly written way in advance of her death) in The New York Times:

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.”

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