Vale Elaine Stritch

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Broadway legend and all-round sassy broad Elaine Stritch passed away this week and the outpouring of grief has been a testament to how special and appreciated she was. In his tribute to the icon, Steve Reiss writes, “She wasn’t traditionally beautiful, she didn’t have a particularly melodious voice, and her sole fashion imitator might be Diane Keaton. But she projected integrity, honesty, vulnerability and charisma with a force that demanded she be seen, heard, noticed.” He outlines how it’s her spirit that her friends, family and public loved about her most; she was “irrepressible, impossible to censor, incapable of being embarrassed or ashamed, simultaneously classy and inelegant.” And, in Stritch’s own perfect words, she told him, “I want to be an original.” She certainly was.