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The Mark Twain Prize (2003)

The All-Star Cast

Elaine Stritch
Elaine Stritch
Elaine Stritch moved to New York City straight out of finishing school in the mid 1940s and, by 1946, had landed her first Broadway role. Stritch has been a mainstay on The Great White Way and London's West End ever since, broadening her acclaim and appeal to television and film audiences. Her first Tony Award, for "Special Theatrical Event," came in 2002 for Elaine Stritch at Liberty. This acclaimed one-woman musical memoir has also won the Drama Desk Award, Obie Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and New York Drama Critics Award. She has garnered four Tony Award nominations for her roles in Bus Stop in 1955, Sail Away in 1961 (expressly written for her by Noel Coward), Company in 1970 and A Delicate Balance in 1996. Among her many stage credits are the notable Pal Joey, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Show Boat. Stritch first began working in television in 1948 in the pioneering domestic situation comedy The Growing Paynes and has appeared in numerous programs, including recurring roles on The Cosby Show and 3rd Rock from the Sun. She settled in London in the 1970s after the British production of Company and went on to headline two British comedies, Two's Company and Nobody's Perfect, the British version of the American hit Maude. Among her many accolades are the 1993 Emmy Award for her guest performance on Law & Order and a 1991 Emmy nomination for her role on An Inconvenient Woman. Stritch made her film debut in The Scarlet Hour in 1956 and appeared in the remake of A Farewell to Arms in 1957. She didn't make another truly worthwhile film, reportedly in her opinion, until Providence in 1977.