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Broadway Icon Elaine Stritch Dies at Age 89

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Five-time Tony award nominee Elaine Stritch, who performed well into her 80s at a cabaret show in the Carlyle Hotel on the Upper East Side, died Thursday at the age of 89. NY1's Donna Karger filed the following report.

She was a "showbiz broad" until the very end.

Perhaps best known for her boisterous personality and outspoken nature, Elaine Stritch's career spanned 70 years on stage and screen. 

The Michigan native, born in 1925, made her Broadway debut in 1946 in "Loco." 

She served as Ethel Merman's understudy in "Call Me Madam," and she also performed in the 1952 revival of "Pal Joey," where she sang "Zip," a song that became part of her long and legendary repertoire.  

She went on to originate the role of Joanne in Stephen Sondheim's "Company" in 1970, eventually performing the role as well in London's West End years later.

The feisty actress became a Broadway icon, performing in nearly 20 shows on the Great White Way, in a mix of musicals, comedies and dramas.

She was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1995, and was nominated for five Tonys, taking one home in 2002 for her one-woman show "Elaine Stritch At Liberty."

She was most recently seen on the Broadway stage in the latest revival of "A Little Night Music" opposite Bernadette Peters.

But Stritch's career wasn't limited to the stage. The comedienne received eight Emmy Award nominations for her work on the small screen, winning three, including one for the televised version of her powerhouse one-woman show and another for her recurring role as Alec Baldwin's salty mother on "30 Rock."

She was also nominated for a Grammy Award and was featured in dozens of films.

But it was the stage that was her home. Stritch became known for her cabaret show at the famed Cafe Carlyle, where she also famously lived for many years.

In 2013, Stritch announced her plans to retire from show business, closing out her New York stage career with a star-studded farewell show at the Carlyle.

However, she wasn't out of the spotlight for long. A documentary about her life, titled "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me," was released earlier this year and shows the actress in her rawest form, following her over the course of a year at the age of 87, tackling life on stage and off.

Following her retirement, Stritch moved back home to Michigan. She was 89.

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