Broadway lights to be dimmed in memory of Elaine Stritch

Elaine Stritch speaks at the Tribeca Talks After the Movie: "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me" during the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival on April 22, 2013, in New York. Robin Marchant, Getty Images for Tribeca Film Fe

Broadway marquees will be dimmed in memory of a Tony- and Emmy-winning actress who epitomized New York and the theater world.

Elaine Stritch died Thursday at age 89 in her home state of Michigan. She was far from her longtime adopted home. But Broadway -- and New York -- immediately sent their love.

The marquees of the Great White Way will be dimmed for one minute at 7:45 p.m. ET on Friday.

The feisty actress found new fans as Alec Baldwin's mother on television's "30 Rock." But she was best known for her stage work -- especially her candid one-woman memoir and in the Stephen Sondheim musical "Company."

Broadway League Executive Editor Charlotte St. Martin says Stritch will always be remembered as an important part of Broadway's rich history.

She made her stage debut in 1944 before hitting Broadway for the first time in "Loco" in 1946.

Many notable Broadway credits followed, including the original production of William Inge's 1955 play "Bus Stop," the 1961 musical "Sail Away," Stephen Sondheim's 1970 musical "Company," the 1996 revival of "A Delicate Balance" and her 2001 Tony Award-winning one-woman show, "Elaine Stritch at Liberty."

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