By Ben Rimalower
15 Feb 2014
Early in her lengthy, landmark career in musical theatre, Elaine Stritch was a spry young belter. Today, half a century later, the irresistibly inimitable Stritch is widely known for her trademark flaming gravel. Fortunately, the loss in vocal suppleness hasn't mattered at all — the main attraction has always been the indomitable Stritch personality. Indeed, her greatest role has been that of herself in her brilliant Tony and Emmy Award-winning solo show, Elaine Stritch at Liberty.
Moreover, the famous Stritch persona has been the subject or focal point of a number of screen productions over the years, including D.A. Pennebaker's acclaimed "Company: Original Cast Album," "Follies in Concert," the documentary about the making of Elaine Stritch At Liberty and innumerable variety specials, talk shows and award ceremonies, where her participation is always a highlight, living on ad infinitum in unforgettable viral videos.
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