The acting legend Elaine Stritch, who hailed all the way from Detroit to New York to became an actress, passed away yesterday at the age of 89. She leaves behind a storied career that includes work on the stage, television, and film, what may be her famous moment came courtesy of Stephen Sondheim’s 1970 dark comedy Company. A Tony-award winning musical, Stritch’s solo tune of “Ladies Who Lunch” became a highlight as it was a lyrical satire of the women of districts like the Upper East Side that do so much yet at the same time do so little with their lives. While a somewhat harsh realization, with the combined wit of Sondheim and Stritch, the song is undeniably catchy and is a Broadway classic.
In memoriam, listen to the tune below. There are are clips of the actress performing her signature song at events commemorating Company, but the original recording remains the best.
Au revoir! Elaine Stritch 1925-2014