Elaine Stritch was born in Detroit, Michigan, on February 2, 1925. She was an American actress and singer, best known for her work on Broadway. She appeared in numerous stage plays and musicals, feature films and many television programs. She was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1995.
Stritch made her professional stage debut in 1944 and her Broadway debut in the comedy Loco in 1946. The actress’s Notable Broadway credits include her Tony Award nominated roles in the original production of William Inge’s 1955 play Bus Stop, and musicals by Noël Coward (Sail Away, 1961) and Stephen Sondheim (Company, 1970), the latter included her performance of the song “The Ladies Who Lunch”, plus the 1996 revival of the Edward Albee play A Delicate Balance and her 2001 Tony Awardwinning one-woman show Elaine Stritch at Liberty.
In the 1970s, she relocated to London, starring in several West End productions, including Tennessee Williams’ Small Craft Warnings in 1973 and the Neil Simon play The Gingerbread Lady in 1974. She also starred with Donald Sinden in the ITV sitcomTwo’s Company, which ran from 1975 to 1979 and earned her a BAFTA TV Award nomination.
She won an Emmy Award in 1993 for her guest role on Law & Order and another in 2004 for the television documentary of her one woman show. From 2007 to 2012, she had a recurring role as Jack Donaghy’s mother, Colleen, on NBC’s 30 Rock, a role that won her a third Emmy in 2007.