Beloved author Harper Lee passed away today at the age of 89, and it's safe to say that she'll be sorely missed. Within minutes of the news breaking, her name began trending on Twitter, with countless celebs and fellow authors alike taking to that and other social media platforms to share their sorrow on her passing.
Reese Witherspoon posted a vintage photo along with a poignant message on Instagram about how Lee helped her understand the South. Others, including Mariska Hargitay and Sophia Bush, shared their favorite quotes from the author. Keep reading to see these, plus more reactions to Lee's death.
I feel so incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to read and give voice to Harper Lee's brilliant words. Her perspective helped me, as a young reader and Southern woman, understand the place that I grew up in, with all its glory and its flaws. Her romantic view of the South - with all its open charm and warmth - never shielded us from the divisive attitudes running rampant through our beloved society. She revealed it all...the glory and the fear and the hate and the beauty. May she rest in peace. #HarperLee #RIP
Harper Lee my 1st favorite author! I always wanted to interview her. She said" honey I already said everything I had to say". #RIPHarperLee— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) February 19, 2016
Rest in peace, Harper Lee. "The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience."— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) February 19, 2016
RIP Harper Lee— E L James (@E_L_James) February 19, 2016
RIP Harper Lee. You made me believe in the power of story.— Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) February 19, 2016
Amazing author. Thank you always for Scout. https://t.co/kPYprHgrKM— sarahdessen (@sarahdessen) February 19, 2016
To Kill A Mockingbird was the first book I remember reading over start to finish. It propelled me toward my love for lit. #HarperLee = icon— Josh Gad (@joshgad) February 19, 2016
When my son Henry was born, Ms. Lee signed a copy of Looking for Alaska for him with the inscription, "Welcome to the world Henry Atticus."— John Green (@johngreen) February 19, 2016
That book is my most prized possession. Ms. Lee lived a private life, but she was quietly and extraordinarily generous.— John Green (@johngreen) February 19, 2016