Elaine Stritch

Elaine Stritch

Alec Baldwin is leading the tributes to his TV mum, stage and screen legend Elaine Stritch, following her death on Thursday (17Jul14).

Hell of a performer, spirit and woman

The actor worked with the Two's Company star on his hit sitcom 30 Rock, in which Stritch played his sharp-tongued mother Colleen Donaghy - a role which won her an Emmy Award in 2007.

And he was among the first celebrities to honour her memory on Twitter.com on Thursday as the news of her passing broke.

Sharing an article about the loss of the 89 year old, Baldwin writes, "A woman that I loved and admired, and a true one in a million, has gone to her rest".

Girls creator and star Lena Dunham celebrated Stritch's lengthy career by making reference to her Tony-nominated Broadway performance of The Ladies Who Lunch from Stephen Sondheim's 1970 musical Company, tweeting, "Here's to the lady who lunched Elaine Stritch, we love you. May your heaven be a booze-soaked, no-pants solo show at the Carlyle (New York hotel she once called home). Thank you".

Meanwhile, singer Josh Groban remembered the veteran actress as "one of a kind and just the wittiest", and Anna Kendrick added, "Elaine Stritch man. Hell of a performer, spirit and woman. This one really hurts. Today's work is for you ma'am. Crazy love".

Early tributes have also poured in from the likes of Christina Applegate, James Van Der Beek and writerdirector Joss Whedon.