Barbara Cook, an iconic Broadway actress and singer, died at 89 years old on Aug. 8 from respiratory failure. Josh Groban and more stars have taken to Twitter to mourn the legend — see their heartfelt messages here.
Broadway legend Barbara Cook, who starred in The Music Man, She Loves Me, Candide and many more musicals, died today, Aug. 8, at her home in New York City. The community has quickly offered their condolences, with Josh Groban, Lea Salonga and more stars tweeting.
“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,” Josh Groban wrote, sharing a photo of him and Barbara, who won a Tony Award for playing Marian the Librarian in the Broadway hit The Music Man. “Rest In Peace, Barbara Cook,” Lea Salonga tweeted. Dear Evan Hansen star Ben Platt also thanked her for her contributions to Broadway; you can see all of the tweets below.
One of Barbara’s most famous songs was “Vanilla Ice Cream” from the musical She Loves Me, and as her son Adam LeGrant told the New York Post, “Vanilla ice cream is the last thing she ate — the God’s honest truth.” You can check out one of her performances of the song here.
Apart from her impressive Broadway career, Barbara also released numerous concert albums over the years, including Barbara Cook’s Broadway, Barbara Cook at the Met and Mostly Sondheim: Live at Carnegie Hall. Our hearts go out to her loved ones during this difficult time.
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. pic.twitter.com/mAacqH0z3U
— josh groban (@joshgroban) August 8, 2017
Thank you Barbara Cook for the beautiful songs, the indelible characters, and the masterful storytelling. Heaven must sound glorious today.
— Ben Platt (@BenSPLATT) August 8, 2017
So sad to read this! One of the truly great artists & lovely being! Legendary Barbara Cook Has Passed Away at 89 https://t.co/Z979NOGkQY
— Betty Buckley (@BettyBuckley) August 8, 2017
Some heavenly choir just gained a most magnificent voice – and we have lost the great Barbara Cook https://t.co/IySz8HF8hP
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) August 8, 2017
A legend. Rest sweetly Barbara Cook. A Dulcet voice like no other
— Billy Joe Kiessling (@buhbuhbilly) August 8, 2017
HollywoodLifers, you can leave your thoughts for Barbara’s friends and family and share your favorite memories in the comments below.