Hollywood dignitaries, from Rob Reiner to Alan Alda, took to social media on Tuesday to pay tribute to the late Carl Reiner. Reiner, the 98-year-old whose legendary career as a comedy writer, director and producer spanned over 60 years, died Monday of natural causes.
His son Rob Reiner wrote, “Last night my dad passed away. As I write this my heart is the hurting. He was my guiding light.”
Reiner’s longtime friend Alan Alda said, “His talent will live on for a long time, but the loss of his kindness and decency leaves a hole into our hearts. We love you, Carl.”
Bernadette Peters, who starred into Reiner’s 1979 screwball comedy “The Jerk” with Steve Martin, said “Dearest Carl this was your last tweet always always caring til the end. We shall miss you very much.”
Mia Farrow offered her condolences on Twitter, writing, “We lost a person who gave us great times-countless laughs. He was brilliant. And kind. I met him only once but will never forget his gentle thoughtfulness. He was with us through good times and hard times. Thank you Carl Reiner. His memory will be a blessing.”
Three days before he died, Reiner, who was prolific on Twitter, reflected on his own life. “Nothing pleases me more than knowing that I have lived the best life possible by having met & marrying the gifted Estelle (Stella) Lebost—who partnered with me into bringing Rob, Annie & Lucas Reiner into to this needy & evolving world,” he wrote.
Director Edgar Wright shared a scene from “The Jerk,” thanking him for “so much laughter into film and TV, into front of and behind the camera.” He added, “Apart from anything else, thank you for this, the most romantic bedroom scene of all time.”
Actor Josh Gad called Reiner “one of the greatest comedic minds of all time.” He wrote, “As if 2020 weren’t cruel enough. Thank you for always making us laugh and for always giving us joy.”
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