Filmmaker Lynn Shelton, who died suddenly in May 54, was posthumously nominated for an Emmy for her work, directing several episodes of the popular Hulu series “Little Fires Everywhere.” After the news broke, the celebrities who worked with her once again paid tribute to the director.
Carrie Washington, who played one of the show’s hosts, tweeted on Tuesday that she “thinks about the joy and vision that Lynn Shelton has brought to the world and to this show.
Thinking of joy and spectacle, Lynn Shelton brought peace to this show as well. Hello Lynn, I hope you celebrate in not only ❤️❤️❤️❤️https: //t.co/eFzkdHVx2J
– Kerry Washington (@kerrywashington) July 28, 2020
In a recent Deadline interview, she further considered working with Shelton.
“My heart just swells when I think of the Lynn Shelton nomination, because it’s such a devastating loss for our storytelling,” she said. “She was such a great talent and such a wonderful person … To have a good job recognized in this way is so important.”
Reese Witherspoon, who starred opposite Washington, shared a tribute in a comment to Instagram post by podcaster Mark Maron, who saw Shelton at the time of his death.
Along with a photo of Shelton’s denim jacket she received while working on “Little Lights Everywhere,” Maron wrote, “I know that FACT Lynn Shelton will be thrilled with her Emmy nomination for directing at LFE!” Deserved. I miss her. Many. Love her. # RIP “
Witherspoon replied, “She deserves it all! She put her heart and soul on the screen. You’re right, she was real. I miss her too.”
The actor of “Big Little Lies” also tweeted: “Our beloved Lynn Shelton. A good way to honor her spirit and inspired work.”
Actor Mark Duplas, who starred in one of Shelton’s first films, “Humpback Day 2009,” also mentioned her on Twitter.
“What a wonderful honor for our dear friend Lynn,” he said. “Let’s all continue to respect her legacy. Be kind to your peers. Realize your potential. Laugh, laugh, laugh … and then laugh even more.”
What a wonderful honor for our dear friend Lynn. Let us all continue to honor her legacy. Be kind to your peers. Realize your potential. Laugh, laugh, laugh… and then laugh again. https://t.co/iEllRxFoEy
– Mark Duplass (@MarkDuplass) July 28, 2020
Shelton died of a previously undiagnosed blood disorder in mid-May. She fell ill after an illness for a week and was taken to hospital, where she died less than 24 hours later. At the time of her death, both Washington and Witherspoon had revealed about Shelton’s influence on their lives.
In an Instagram post depicting herself and Shelton, Witherspoon wrote, “I’m shocked that this bright, talented and soulful director is no longer with us.”
In his Twitter, Washington added: “You went into my life and immediately changed me for the better. What an inspiration !!!! Your vision. Your enthusiasm for life. Your brutally independent spirit. Your humor, love and devotion. As an artist. Mother. Director. Co-author. Light “.