Reese Witherspoon Pays Tribute to Lynn Shelton, 'Little Fires Everywhere' Director

Amy Mackelden
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From Harper's BAZAAR

  • Reese Witherspoon took to Instagram to pay tribute to TV and movie director Lynn Shelton, who sadly passed away on Friday.
  • Shelton's publicist confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Shelton died of a "previously unidentified blood disorder."
  • Shelton recently worked on Little Fires Everywhere, and also directed episodes of The Morning Show, Mad Men, and GLOW.

Director Lynn Shelton, whose movies include Laggies, Your Sister's Sister, and Humpday, has died. Shelton's publicist confirmed that the director passed away due to a "previously unidentified blood disorder." She was 54, and had worked on a myriad of successful TV shows alongside a dextrous movie career.

Reese Witherspoon paid tribute to Shelton on Instagram, having worked with the director on The Morning Show and Little Fires Everywhere. Witherspoon wrote:

"I’m so devastated to hear about Lynn Shelton’s passing yesterday. I’m in complete shock that this vibrant, talented, and soulful filmmaker is no longer with us. Lynn was so passionate about our show, Little Fires Everywhere. She said the book truly spoke to her, and that she longed to direct a show that spoke meaningfully about motherhood, sexuality, race, and class in America. And she did. She cared deeply about the WHOLE cast and crew, making sure we all felt heard, seen and appreciated. Lynn also shared so much of her life with us. Her love of her son, how motherhood changed her life, her life changing decisions that made her the woman she was. I feel so fortunate that I got to collaborate with Lynn on both The Morning Show and Little Fires Everywhere. Her spirit touched so many people in the filmmaking world. Her memory lives on in our vivid days together on set and in her wonderful films. Please watch her work and see her talent for yourself. #RestInPeaceLynn 🙏🏻💫💜."

Witherspoon's company, Hello Sunshine, also posted a tribute to the director, which said, "Remembering Lynn Shelton. We are so lucky to have worked with her on our #HSProductions of @littlefireshulu and @themorningshow. Her legacy as a champion for female filmmakers will live on.💛#RestInPeaceLynn."

Shelton is survived by her son, Milo, and her partner, Marc Maron.

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