By Shipra Harbola Gupta | Indiewire July 17, 2014 at 2:08PM
Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Elaine Stritch has died at the age of 89.
Her death was confirmed to the press by longtime friend Julie Keyes.
Stritch may be best known for starring in the original run of William Inge's "Bus Stop" and Stephen Sondheim's "Company." But her career spanned seven decades that not only included multiple performances on Broadway, but also a successful run with several shows on London's West End during the 1970s and guest spots on a range of television shows, most notably, "30 Rock," where she played the mother of Alec Baldwin's character.
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Praised by critics for its honesty, Karasawa's documentary shows the still-vibrant 87-year-old Stritch touring around and enjoying a new burst of fame even as she struggles with alcoholism and diabetes. "Stritch may very well deliver her best performance to date," wrote Indiewire's Eric Kohn about the film, which IFC Films released earlier this year.
In an interview with Indiewire timed to the release, Stritch told Indiewire's Nigel M. Smith that she "just sat down and told the truth to every question they asked me. And that takes guts, it takes initiative...it takes a terrifying amount of energy to tell the truth."