Elaine Stritch's Best Tweets Show What a Real Badass The World Just Lost
This is the saddest news ever. According to the New York Times, showbiz legend (not to mention Jack Donaghy's mother) Elaine Stritch has died at the age of 89 at her home in Birmingham, Michigan, where she moved last year after living at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan for years. Stritch's death was reportedly confirmed by her friend, Julie Keyes.
Stritch was a Broadway legend, and frequently collaborated with composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim throughout her career — as the New York Times puts it, Stritch was "the leading interpreter of Stephen Sondheim’s wryly acrid musings on aging." While she's extremely well known for portraying Jack's difficult-to-please mother Colleen in Tina Fey's 30 Rock, Stritch also won numerous awards for her work in the industry, including Tonys and Emmys, and in 2003 the New York Landmarks Conservancy even declared her a living landmark. One of her most memorable performances, as Claire in A Delicate Balance, earned her a Tony nomination in 1996.
Stritch was also known for her quick wit and, well, general badassery: Not only did she really not give a crap about network television censorship during an appearance on Today earlier this year, but she also ran a hilarious Twitter account in which she gave out romantic advice and asked her followers if "global trending" was a disease. It's amazing.
To celebrate Stritch's life — and to keep myself from crying so much that I drown my laptop in my tears — here's a collection of Stritch's best tweets to honor her. She truly was legendary.