Glenne Headly’s unexpected death Thursday reverberated through several generations of Hollywood.
The Steppenwolf alum, who is perhaps best remembered for her roles in Nineties era films like Dick Tracy, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Mr. Holland’s Opus, also recently co-starred alongside Hunger Games actor Josh Hutchinson in the Seth Rogen-produced Hulu comedy series, Future Man.
“I only knew the talented, empathetic, loving, beautiful Glenne Headly for a short time,” Hutchinson captioned a touching post to Instagram. “She was powerful and strong and hilarious. Her eyes brought to life so many amazing characters over the years and her love brought to life a beautiful family. I’m gonna miss her presence, her smile, and the way she made me feel like her son before, between, and after they called action and cut.”
I only knew the talented, empathetic, loving, beautiful Glenne Headly for a short time. She was powerful and strong and hilarious. Her eyes brought to life so many amazing characters over the years and her love brought to life a beautiful family. I’m gonna miss her presence, her smile, and the way she made me feel like her son before, between, and after they called action and cut. Grab onto those who make you feel loved. My heart is broken today and I can only imagine what those closest to her are going through. My broken heart goes out to all of you as well. This is a photo of my home. Kentucky. I love my family and friends so much. I hope you all feel it. With lead hearts we are going to celebrate the irreplaceable Glenne Headly. LOVE.
Headly’s famous Dirty Rotten Scoundels costar, Steve Martin, called her a “comic genius.”
Headly is remembered for her work in an array of genres beyond comedy, with actors like Richard Dreyfuss (in 1995’s Mr. Holland’s Opus) and Emma Watson and Tom Hanks (in this year’s The Circle). And, of famously, Warren Beatty, whom she played opposite in 1990 hit Dick Tracy, in a memorable turn as his love interest, Tess Trueheart.
Headly is survived by her husband Byron McCulloch and son Stirling.
Our household mourns the sudden loss of beloved friend, actress, and comic genius, Glenne Headly.
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) June 9, 2017
I am torn apart by the news that dearest Glenne Headly has passed. Pained to tears! Much to early! Rest In Peace my dearest #sosayweall!
— Edward James Olmos (@edwardjolmos) June 9, 2017
Terribly sad to learn of Glenne Headly passing. Hanx.
— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) June 9, 2017
Terrible news about Glenne Headly. A fine actress and a good person. RIP.
— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) June 9, 2017
Sad to hear of Glenne Headly’s passing. A kind and funny original. Sympathy for her family.
— Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) June 9, 2017