Harper Lee dead: Celebrity reactions
Legendary To Kill A Mockingbird author Harper Lee died at 89 Friday in Monroeville, Alabama. Soon after the news broke, authors, actors, politicians, and more remembered the Pulitzer Prize-winning author on social media. Stars like Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon took to Twitter and Instagram to pay their respects.
“Like millions of others, I was saddened to learn this morning of the passing of Harper Lee, one of America’s most beloved authors,” said screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who is adapting To Kill a Mockingbird for a stage play. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to adapt her seminal novel for the stage.”
“Harper Lee may be gone, but Scout and Atticus and Boo Radley and the other residents of Maycomb live on, woven oh-so-deeply into the fabric of our national narrative, our dream of a better, more just America,” novelist Richard Russo tells EW.
“To Kill A Mockingbird proved literature’s power to change the moral stance of a nation,” author Ethan Canin tells EW in a statement.
“I was a great admirer of how Harper Lee conducted her life,” Bel Canto author Ann Patchett tells EW. “She was sort of the pre-Elena Ferrante. I loved her for that.”
“I’m deeply saddened by the passing of Nelle Harper Lee,” said Marja Mills, author of The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee. “Her friendship was a gift to me, as were her stories, which I was honored to share with readers. Some of my happiest memories are hearing her infectious laugh wash across a room. Her wit was one of the essential ways she experienced the world, and it was a joy to spend time with her. I am grateful for the hours I got to spend riding the back roads of Alabama with Nelle and her sister Alice, listening to the stories of their family, that land, its history, and its people. I will always be grateful to have known Nelle in the last years of life as she had known it for so long, sharing their father’s house with her sister in the town that inspired To Kill a Mockingbird.”
See more tributes below.