"Elaine was a 'tough old bird,' but I suspect she may have been a 'tough old bird' since birth," Fey told People. "I loved her voice, her timing, her stories and her natural elegance."
"One day she was wearing a beautiful butterfly cocktail ring, and when I admired it, she gave it to me on the spot — like an Arab sheik in black pantyhose," she added. "I feel very lucky to have worked with her as much as I did."
Alec Baldwin, who played Stritch's son on the show, took to Twitter to remember his friend.
A woman that I loved and admired, and a true one in a million, has gone to her rest.http://t.co/sq0EZyfd4r— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) July 17, 2014
I'm sure that even God is a bit nervous right now. I love you, Elaine.http://t.co/P3wQtnqsmV— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) July 17, 2014
Thanks to all who took time to remember the one and only Elaine Stritch... pic.twitter.com/tbtVTPLwY6— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) July 17, 2014
Stritch's agent, Joel Dean, explained the cancer that eventually took the actress's life.
"They took out a good part of her stomach, that was maybe two months ago," he said. "She said, 'They got it all, they got it all.' But it came back quite aggressively."
Friends, colleagues and fans are remembering Stritch for her years of performing and will always remember her as the tough old bird she was.
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