Broadway legend Elaine Stritch mourned 

Last year's documentary "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me" painted the Broadway star as a larger-than-life personality, but her story ended Thursday.

The Associated Press reports that Elaine Stritch died Thursday at 89 in her home state of Michigan, where she moved last year after leaving her beloved New York.

The acerbic singer and actress was known for Broadway shows such as "Company" and "Bus Stop," and reached new fans as a sharp-tongued matriarch on TV's "30 Rock."

Stritch also struggled with alcoholism and grief over the death of her husband, John Bay, in 1982, which she described in the Tony- and Emmy-winning show "At Liberty."

Few details were released about her death Thursday, but tributes to her life poured in from celebrities.

"Elaine was a magnificent woman in every sense of the word ... a true trailblazer. Her talent and spunk will be greatly missed by so many of us," actress Liza Minnelli told The AP.

"Here's to the lady who lunched: Elaine Stritch, we love you," tweeted actress-writer Lena Dunham. "May your heaven be a booze-soaked, no-pants solo show at the Carlyle. Thank you."

See Emperor Norton on TV

The emperor will rise again.

Technically, San Francisco's beloved Emperor Norton I, emperor of the United States and protector of Mexico, is resting in peace in Colma.

But Joseph Amster, who portrays the eccentric 19th-century character in his "Emperor Norton's Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine" walking tour, is keeping his spirit alive in an appearance on the Travel Channel's "Monumental Mysteries" show today at 9 p.m.

Amster was named "best local legend" in an SF Weekly reader's poll last year.


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Giselle Velazquez

Giselle Velazquez was born and raised in the shadow of San Francisco's Diamond Heights and now lives in the shadow of South San Francisco's Sign Hill. She has written for publications such as The S.F. Examiner, Ventura County Star, and the S.F. Bay Guardian.
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