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Broadway legend Elaine Stritch dies at age 89

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    Elaine Stritch holds her Emmy for outstanding individual performance in a variety or music program, for "Elaine Stritch: At Liberty," while backstage at the 56th annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, September 19, 2004. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson FG/SV - RTRB71Q

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Broadway legend Elaine Stritch died on Thursday morning at the age of 89.

Stritch died from natural causes in Birmingham, Michigan. She had suffered from diabetes for several years.

Stritch made her Broadway debut in the comedy "Loco" in 1946. The five-time Tony nominee went on to starring roles in Broadway productions of "Bus Stop," "No No Nanette," and "The King and I."

She was best known for her candid one-woman memoir, "Elaine Stritch: At Liberty," and for her role as Joanne in the Stephen Sondheim musical "Company."

Her film credits include "A Farewell to Arms," "September," "Small Time Crooks," and "Monster In Law." Her documentary, "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me," had its New York City premier just this year.

Her TV roles reached back to the 1950s, where she was the original Trixie Norton in the pilot for "Honeymooners." She won one Emmy in 2007 for her portrayal of Colleen Donaghy, the mother of Alec Baldwin's character Jack Donaghy, on "30 Rock," and another for Outstanding Guest Actress on "Law & Order" in 1993." She was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for Children for "The Best Halloween Ever."

She was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1995.

Stritch worked well into her late 80s, most recently as Madame Armfeldt in a revival of Sondheim's musical, "A Little Night Music." She replaced Angela Lansbury in 2010 to critical acclaim.

Stritch was married to John Bay in 1973. He died in 1982.

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