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Elaine Stritch dies at 89; Broadway actress had blue-collar attitude
Elaine Stritch dies at 89; Broadway actress had blue-collar attitude

Elaine Stritch, the raspy-voiced actress whose forceful personality and salty language enlivened the New York stage for more than six decades, died Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich. She was 89. Her death was confirmed by her friend, Julie Keyes, who cited age-related illnesses as the cause. In a lengthy theater career whose ups and downs included a Tony-winning one-woman show, collaborations with Stephen Sondheim and Edward Albee, and a debilitating but ultimately successful battle with alcoholism, Stritch had a temperament that was outsized even by Broadway standards. She made few apologies in her career, describing herself as a "Catholic, diabetic, alcoholic, pain in the...

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