Gay Icon & Legendary Performer Elaine Stritch Passes Away
Elaine Stritch, the brassy, tart-tongued Broadway actress and singer who became a living emblem of show business durability and perhaps the leading interpreter of Stephen Sondheim’s wryly acrid musings on aging, died on Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich. She was 89.
Her death was confirmed by a friend, Julie Keyes. Before Ms. Stritch moved to Birmingham last year, she lived, famously, for many years at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan.
In a Pride Source interview earlier this year, Stritch revealed she was surprised to learn she was a gay icon:
"I'm just becoming aware of it," she says. "I really have become very much aware, first of all, what great audiences they are."
The icon will be missed.