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Elaine Stritch, 89: Five noteworthy performances
Elaine Stritch, 89: Five noteworthy performances

This post has been updated. See details below. Elaine Stritch, the theatrical force of nature who died on Thursday at 89, was a foul-mouthed New York legend who seemed to deliver her best performances when she was playing thinly veiled versions of her irascible self. Sometimes on stage, she actually was herself, as in her career-topping swan song "Elaine Stritch at Liberty," a Tony Award-winning solo show in which she dissected with brutal honesty her stage career, personal life and decades-long struggle with the bottle.  Though some theatrical actors disappear into roles, Stritch was usually Stritch, especially in her later years, when her ample biographical baggage was...