Celebrities React: Barbara Cook Dead At 89

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Barbara Cook Dead

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Broadway legend Barbara Cook is dead. Now celebrities are paying tribute to the iconic stage star. See reaction and remembrances from Twitter below.

Cook died of respiratory failure early Tuesday at the age of 89, her publicist announced. In the 1950s and 60s, the actress had starring roles on Broadway in Candide, The Music Man and She Loves Me. It was the role of Marian the librarian in The Music Man that won Cook a Tony for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical. But it was the song “Vanilla Ice Cream” from She Loves Me that became one of Cook’s signature tunes, and her rep even noted vanilla ice cream was her last meal.

As the decades went on, Cook made a mark as a cabaret singer, and only retired just a few months ago. She was an inspiration to some of today’s biggest Broadway stars and music fans, many of whom are now mourning her passing on social media. Josh Groban, for instance, shared a picture similar to the one above from Cook’s 85th birthday celebration. He tweeted with it, “A friend. A mentor. A master. I will forever be grateful for the warmth she showed me on and off the stage. Rest in peace.”

“Thank you Barbara Cook for the beautiful songs, the indelible characters, and the masterful storytelling. Heaven must sound glorious today,” wrote Ben Platt, who just won a Tony in June. Audra McDonald, who also shared a photo with Cook, expressed, “I love you Barbara. Thank you for being such an incredible mentor. Rest now you sweet sweet angel.” Josh Gad said, “One of the great legends of musical theater has left us. RIP #barbaracook – the heavens will sing more beautifully than ever now.”

Jason Alexander offered, “Barbara Cook was one of the kindest, most inspiring talents the theater ever produced. Her voice and phrasing, magic. May she sing w. angels.” Mia Farrow posted, “Some heavenly choir just gained a most magnificent voice – and we have lost the great Barbara Cook.” Cheyenne Jackson recalled, “‘Talk Less, Sing More.'” Barbara Cook’s sage advice to me after coming to my show.'” He added, “What a gift it was knowing you. RIP #BroadwayLegend.” With a pair of snapshots, Kristin Chenoweth tweeted, “Rest In Peace, Barbara Cook. We all just wanted to be you. #TwoCunegondes #IWillMissHer #Heartbroken.”

Elizabeth Banks told followers, “I loved Barbara Cook. She was an inspiration. I sing along to her in the shower. I hope she is singing with the Angels now.” Betty Buckley, who retweeted a number of tributes, exclaimed, “So sad to read this! One of the truly great artists & lovely being!” Mo Rocca also said, “Barbara Cook’s 80th bday concert was one of the greatest performances I’ve ever witnessed. She kept getting better.”

Jesse Tyler Ferguson stated, “R.I.P. to a true legend, #BarbaraCook. I never got to meet her but those I know who knew her prasied her work ethic, humor & class.” Beth Behrs wrote,”‘Goodnight My Someone’ RIP #BarbaraCook, one of my biggest musical influences since childhood. #musicman” And Hugh Jackman tweeted, “I’m deeply saddened by the passing of one of the greatest musical theatre artists. But it’s her friendship I’ll miss the most.” Gossip Cop extends condolences to all of Cook’s family, friends and fans.

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