Hollywood Mourns Harper Lee

Harper Lee - Getty - H 2016
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Harper Lee - Getty - H 2016

Celebrity fans took to social media on Friday to remember the author of 'To Kill a Mockingbird.'

Harper Lee, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman "died peacefully" on Friday. She was 89.

Hollywood stars and directors, authors and publishing houses quickly took to social media to mourn the writer and celebrate one of the most important novels of the 20th century. Mockingbird, a landmark novel bringing to life Southern lawyer Atticus Finch and his daughter Scout, was published in July of 1960 and Watchman was released last July.

Robert Duvall, who portrayed Boo Radley in the 1962 film, told The Hollywood Reporter: "Harper Lee was a fine person and a wonderful writer. To Kill a Mockingbird was a masterpiece. I was privileged to be in the film version adapted to the screen by her good friend Horton Foote. I only hope that the film did justice to the book. She will be fondly remember by many. I remember when I started production Harper Lee sent me a telegram that simply said 'Hey, Boo.' I was so proud to be a part of that film."

Actress Mary Badham, who played Scout on-screen, stated: "Very sorry to hear this news. Obviously TKAM has been a big part of my life. Even though Miss Nelle is no longer with us, her insight into the human conditions so eloquently expressed in her writing will live on and continue to educate and inspire future generations as much as it has for over half a century. I will continue to be a champion for TKAM and its themes as I travel to to schools, colleges, Big Read events and other celebrations of one of our great works of American literature."

"Harper Lee my 1st favorite author!" tweeted Oprah Winfrey. "I always wanted to interview her. She said" honey I already said everything I had to say". #RIPHarperLee"

Read more of the heartfelt social media posts below.


#ThankYouHarperLee #Courage #Justice

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RIP Harper Lee. Thank you, thank you, thank you. #HarperLee #ToKillAMockingbird

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