Tina Fey is one of many mourning the passing of comedy great
. The two worked together on
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
. "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.