Elaine Stritch dies

Broadway and Hollywood star was 89.

by Jennie Kermode

Elaine Stritch and Mia Farrow in September
Elaine Stritch and Mia Farrow in September

Elaine Stritch, who starred in the likes of The Spiral Staircase, A Farewell To Arms and Woody Allen's September, has died at the age of 89. The redoubtable actress and wit was a big name on Broadway and also won fans for her role as Jack's mother in TV series 30 Rock.

In her later years. Stritch focused increasingly on the stage and on cabaret, but she was still making films and her final work, River Of Fundament, was released in February. She also worked in voice acting, playing the hero's grandmother in 2012's Paranorman. Last year she was the subject of a celebrated biopic, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, and she gave a talk at the Tribeca Film Festival about her remarkable life.

Recently Stritch had been struggling with alcohol issues and had developed diabetes, but it is not known if these contributed to her death. She is understood to have passed away peacefully at home. Known for her love of life, she once said that she had never been bored.

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