tina fey elaine stritch gi Elaine Stritch dies: '30 Rock' star Tina Fey says goodbye to her former co starTina Fey is one of many mourning the passing of comedy great Elaine Stritch. The two worked together on “30 Rock,” where Stritch played the mother of Alec Baldwin’s Jack Donaghy, and Fey has nothing but kind things to say about her former costar.

“Elaine was a ‘tough old bird,’ but I suspect she may have been a ‘tough old bird’ since birth,” Fey tells People. “I loved her voice, her timing, her stories and her natural elegance.”

Even the story Fey tells of Stritch has the ring of comedy that made the 89-year-old such a legend. Fey recalls, “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. I feel very lucky to have worked with her as much as I did.”

Stritch passed away on July 17 at her home in Birmingham, Mich.
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