Celebrity tributes poured in this Friday for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who died at the age of 87.
The liberal lion of the nation’s highest court succumbed to pancreatic cancer at home, surrounded by her family.
Dearly departed: Celebrity tributes poured in this Friday for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who died at the age of 87
‘Thank you for a lifetime of service’: The liberal lion of the nation’s highest court received a flood of tributes from such names as Mariah Carey and Katy Perry
Her fellow pop star Katy Perry also expressed her condolences via Twitter, writing: ‘#RIPRBG’ with a broken heart emoji.
Morning talk show host Kelly Ripa posted a picture of Ginsburg and wrote: ‘#rip RBG. The right kind of notorious. What a loss,’ with a heart emoji.
She was referring to Ginsburg’s affectionate nickname ‘Notorious RBG,’ which was a play on the late rapper, the Notorious BIG.
Avengers star Chris Evans posted a picture of Ginsburg to his Insta Stories and called her: ‘ONE OF ONE,’ also adding a heart.
‘What a loss’: Morning talk show host Kelly Ripa posted a picture of Ginsburg and wrote that she was ‘The right kind of notorious,’ a reference to her affectionate nickname Notorious RBG
In memoriam: Meanwhile his fellow Marvel Cinematic Universe stalwart Zoe Saldana wrote: ‘R.I.P. Ruth Bader Ginsburg’ on her Insta Stories
Meanwhile his fellow Marvel Cinematic Universe stalwart Zoe Saldana wrote: ‘R.I.P. Ruth Bader Ginsburg’ on her Insta Stories.
‘I know we can’t live forever, I only wish she could have,’ wrote Goldie Hawn while Kerry Washington tweeted: ‘Her rest is earned. It is our turn to fight.’
Martha Stewart uploaded a picture taken this Valentine’s Day of her own meeting with Ginsburg at the Library Of Congress.
They were gathered at a ceremony where the Supreme Court Justice gave a Woman Of Leadership Award to philanthropist Agnes Gund.
‘Please vote’: Sharing Ginsburg’s high school yearbook photo, January Jones wrote: ‘Rest in sweet peace to this beautiful champion of the people’
Recent throwback: Martha Stewart uploaded a picture taken this Valentine’s Day of her own meeting with Ginsburg at the Library Of Congress
‘Her rest is earned’: ‘I know we can’t live forever, I only wish she could have,’ wrote Goldie Hawn while Kerry Washington tweeted that ‘It is our turn to fight’
‘February 14, 2020. I was with Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg honoring her great work What an accomplished and very great lady!!!!!! May she Rest In Peace amidst this utter chaos!!!!!!!!!,’ wrote Martha.
‘May you Rest In Peace RBG. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!’ wrote Real Housewife Of Beverly Hills Lisa Rinna.
Star Wars icon Mark Hamill wrote: ‘Gut wrenching loss…Could 2020 be any more brutal and cruel? #RIPRuthBaderGinsburg.’
Orange Is The New Black star Uzo Aduba toasted: ‘To Ruth,’ and Shameless lead Emmy Rossum tweeted that the news was ‘f***ing heart breaking.’
Icons: Real Housewife Of Beverly Hills Lisa Rinna, Star Wars legend Mark Hamill, Orange Is The New Black star Uzo Aduba and Shameless’ Emmy Rossum all paid tribute to the late judge
‘Ahhhhhhh mannnnnnnnn,’ wrote Glee actor Darren Criss, as Rosie O’Donnell lamented: ‘nooooooooooooo #rbg.’
Rosie’s former The View co-host Joy Behar wrote: ‘This is terrible news. They must not be allowed to put another conservative on the court. They must not!!!’
‘No one fought harder. We must continue in her footsteps,’ wrote Billy Eichner on his Twitter page in response to the news. ‘She refused to rest up until the bitter end. Neither should we. RIP the great, great, GREAT RBG.’
Sophia Bush declared she was ‘Truly and utterly gutted. And grateful. And in awe. And just so devastated. An icon and a hero. #RBG.’
The One Tree Hill star swung by her Instagram page and broke down in tears in sadness over Ginsburg’s passing.
Stars of the small screen: Darren Criss, Rosie O’Donnell, Billy Eichner and Sophia Bush were among the long list of famous names showing their respect
Alyssa MIlano wrote: ‘She was my hero. I never got to meet her. But I loved her and the way she moved through this world with such strength and grace and conviction. Rest In Peace, Ruth Bader Ginsberg. #RIPRBG.’
‘If there is a God, may She bless and keep RBG,’ wrote Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who recently won a string of Emmys on the political sitcom Veep.
Jennifer Lopez shared an Instagram album showing the meeting she and her fiance Alex Rodriguez got to have with Ginsburg.
‘I am heartbroken to hear of the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was a true champion of gender equality and was a strong woman for me and all the little girls of the world to look up to,’ wrote Lopez.
Making their voices heard: Actresses and activists Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Alyssa Milano shared their feelings about the death
Throwback: Jennifer Lopez shared an Instagram album showing the meeting she and her fiance Alex Rodriguez got to have with Ginsburg
‘Heartbroken’: She was a true champion of gender equality and was a strong woman for me and all the little girls of the world to look up to,’ wrote Lopez
‘Simple yet profound’: The pop star remembered: ‘I will always remember what she said to us the day we met her: “Be the best you”‘
Her promise: Lopez vowed: ‘We will honor you by continuing to fight for equality, empathy and justice for all. #RIPRBG’
‘Throughout my life, I’ve been fortunate to meet so many amazing people … but there’s those select few where there’s an instinct inside you that tells you to pay close attention. And I did. When I met her I was hanging on to her every word…’
The pop star remembered: ‘I will always remember what she said to us the day we met her: “Be the best you.” It was simple yet profound. Thank you RBG for fighting all these years. We will honor you by continuing to fight for equality, empathy and justice for all. #RIPRBG.’
Kevin McHale tweeted: ‘What an actual legend. Thank you RBG for a life of fighting for what’s right against all odds and for her family for sharing her with us. We are better off for having had her and I fear her absence.’
‘Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A model for fairness, rational thought, and progress. She will be missed more than we can yet imagine,’ wrote Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane.
Warm words: Kevin McHale called Ginsburg ‘an actual legend’ and Seth MacFarlane said she was ‘A model for fairness, rational thought, and progress’
Shortly before her death Ginsburg said: ‘My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.’
The election in November pits Republican incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump against the Democrat former vice president Joe Biden.
Supreme Court Justices are nominated by the President Of The United States and then confirmed by the Senate.
Early this month Trump unveiled a short-list of potential Supreme Court nominees including Republican Senators Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton and Josh Hawley.
Her say: Shortly before her death Ginsburg said: ‘My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed’
Process: Supreme Court Justices are nominated by the president and then confirmed by the Senate; Ginsburg was nominated by Bill Clinton and confirmed by a Democratic Senate
If Trump picks Ginsburg’s replacement the balance of the court will be six Republican appointees to three Democrat ones, whereas if Biden chooses there will be four Democrat appointees to five Republican ones, as when Ginsburg was alive.
January Jones of Mad Men fame acknowledged the impact of Ginsburg’s death on the election when she posted a tribute to the late judge this Friday.
Sharing Ginsburg’s high school yearbook photo, Jones wrote: ‘Rest in sweet peace to this beautiful champion of the people. Please vote. #RBG.’
Andy Cohen posted the hashtag: ‘#MerrickGarland,’ the name of the judge President Obama nominated to the Supreme Court in March 2016.
Invoking history: Andy Cohen posted the hashtag: ‘#MerrickGarland,’ the name of the judge President Obama nominated to the Supreme Court in March 2016
Obama submitted Garland as a nominee after the death of the court’s conservative firebrand Antonin Scalia precipitating a huge row.
The Republican Senate refused to hold confirmation hearings for him, saying the next president should get to pick Scalia’s as it was Obama’s last year.
When Obama was replaced by Donald Trump the new Republican president nominated Neil Gorsuch whom the Senate confirmed.
Sarah Silverman also had an eye on the prospect of a conservative Ginsburg replacement as she paid her respects.
Broken-hearted: Demi Moore quote-tweeted journalist Jamil Smith who wrote: ‘She carried too much weight, and for too long’
Fearful: Sarah Silverman also had an eye on the prospect of a conservative Ginsburg replacement as she paid her respects
‘RIP RBG. Gutted Sad. Grateful for all she did. And very very scared,’ wrote the acclaimed comedian and actress.
Demi Moore quote-tweeted journalist Jamil Smith who wrote: ‘She carried too much weight, and for too long. We should live in an America where we only need to send condolences to everyone who knew and loved Justice Ginsburg, and not to the nation and democracy as a whole. I wish that we could simply mourn her. Alas.’
Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. paid tribute with her quote: ‘Fight for the things you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.’
The Facts Of Life actress Mindy Cohn posted an Insta Stories portrait of Ginsburg and wrote: ‘RIP TO YOU RBG.’
‘Rest in ferocity’: Robert Downey Jr. shared an inspirational quote from the late Justice while Lena Dunham ‘Truly believed she was eternal’
‘Devastating for our country’: Jennifer Aniston urged the public: ‘Everyone, PLEASE, right now, make a plan to VOTE’
Jennifer Aniston wrote: ‘This is so devastating for our country. Thank you for everything you did… Rest in Power RBG,’ and urged the public: ‘Everyone, PLEASE, right now, make a plan to VOTE.’
‘Truly believed she was eternal- we needed her to be eternal. What she means to our past was only rival led by what she still meant for our futures. There are no proper words to thank #RuthBaderGinsburg,’ wrote Lena Dunham.
‘All we can do is promise to keep fighting in her name, for the many freedoms she gave us and the rights she proclaimed as unassailable. Rest in ferocity, #RBG, knowing you really did it,’ she added.
Bette Midler erupted over a CNN headline about Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saying the Senate would vote on a Trump nominee to replace Ginsburg.
Hands in prayer: The Facts Of Life actress Mindy Cohn posted an Insta Stories portrait of Ginsburg and wrote: ‘RIP TO YOU RBG’
Fury: Bette Midler erupted over a CNN headline about Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saying the Senate would vote on a Trump nominee to replace Ginsburg
‘What do you expect? Her body’s not even cold, and #MoscowMitch is on the horn looking for #RuthBaderGinsberg’s replacement. So Mitch. I’m sure the candidate he shoves into her chair will be a pisser. Literally. I wouldn’t be surprised if it were #BillBarr. Or worse. #Rudy,’ she wrote in an impassioned tweet.
Child star Storm Reid tweeted: ‘A warrior. RBG took up space undeniably. She reiterated that women aren’t and shouldn’t be the exception. We belong in all places. She led an extraordinary life and operated from a space of selflessness. All I can say is thank you. Rest in power. Godspeed.’
Hilaria Baldwin shared Ruth’s quote: ‘[I would like to be remembered as] someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability.’
Jamie Lee Curtis posted a picture of a ball that read: ‘november third 2020,’ the date of the upcoming presidential election.
Looking back: Hilaria Baldwin shared Ruth’s quote: ‘[I would like to be remembered as] someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability’
‘I met Justice Ginsburg, or “Ruth” as I grew to call her, last year while filming Taste the Nation. She was so kind, curious and lovely,’ wrote Padma Lakshmi.
‘I wrote this of our meeting at the time: “There are meals in your life you will never forget. Meals you will tell your grandkids about. Last night was one of them. I had dinner with someone I’ve admired for a long long time.
‘”And she did not disappoint. Witty and whip smart, she had a twinkle in her eye the whole night. We sipped champagne, savored our gazpacho and crab and talked of India in the 80’s and so much more.”‘
Referring to her daughter Krishna she wrote: ‘Afterwards Ruth invited me and Littlehands to meet her in her chambers at the Supreme Court where she patiently explained the many cases she had to Littlehands. She sent us books in the mail, beautifully wrapped with handwritten notes.’
Planning ahead: Jamie Lee Curtis posted a picture of a ball that read: ‘november third 2020,’ the date of the upcoming presidential election
Padma continued: ‘I went back to visit her at court when the ACLU had a case on immigration there. I cannot tell you what a loss this is for me personally, for women everywhere and for our country.’
The Top Chef star added: ‘She started the women’s rights project at the ACLU many years ago and my work and the work of so many would not be possible if she hadn’t paved the way for us. She was someone I have admired so much for so many years, someone I looked up to.
‘With so much going on in her life, she took the time to befriend me and Littlehands and I will never forget her. A tall tree has fallen in our forest… #RIPRBG #RIPRuth.’
Family trip: ‘I met Justice Ginsburg, or “Ruth” as I grew to call her, last year while filming Taste the Nation,’ wrote Padma Lakshmi
‘Ruth Bader Ginsberg was such an inspiring person. I’m so sad that she died,’ Heather Graham wrote.
‘A legend, a hero and an inspiration to millions! Ruth Bader Ginsburg dedicated her life to justice and gender equality, and we must continue to fight for true equality for all in her memory,’ Kris Jenner wrote on Instagram.
‘Such an incredible and courageous woman who inspired generations of women with her strength, determination and belief that we can accomplish anything we set our minds to. My prayers are with Ruth’s family and friends.’
Olivia Munn posted the same quote Robert Downey Jr. did and wrote: ‘You lead millions to join you. Thank you for everything you have done for us. Hope you’re resting peacefully. We’ll continue to fight down here.’
Celebs turning out in force: Heather Graham, Kris Jenner and Olivia Munn joined the outpouring of grief for her
‘RIP Your Honor. And Godspeed,’ Sarah Jessica Parker wished the late jurist while Sharon Stone wrote: ‘RIP RBG we’ve got your back.’
Cindy Crawford’s daughter Kaia Gerber wrote that it was ‘devastating. rest in peace RBG, let’s all vote in her honor.’
‘Thank you thank you thank you. I’m without words. Eyes full of tears and a heart full of gratitude,’ gushed Christina Hendricks.
Viola Davis wrote in anguish: ‘No 2020!!!! No! No! Not now! Not this WOMAN!!!! Please work your supreme magic, brilliant mind, and courage from Heaven!! Help us down here! Thank you for your service Queen!! Rest in glorious peace.’
So many stars: Acclaimed actress Viola Davis, Sharon Stone, Christina Hendricks and Sarah Jessica Parker expressed their sadness as did model Kaia Gerber
Justin Theroux uploaded an Instagram album of his meeting with Justice Ginsburg including one of him shaking her hand as she sat before him.
‘I am heartbroken. I have no words for the hole that has just been blown through us. Thank you for your service Justice Ginsburg. We’ll miss you RBG. I love you Ruth,’ he wrote.
Rachel Brosnahan of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel fame wrote: ‘Gutted. Rest well, RBG. Thank you,’ adding an uncredited Desmond Tutu quote: ‘If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen to side with the oppressors.’
Beyonce’s mother Tina Lawson wrote: ‘So saddened by this great loss ! Supreme Court Justice Ms Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Was a hero that fought tirelessly for justice for all people. God Bless her and prayers up for her family.’
‘I love you Ruth’: Justin Theroux uploaded an Instagram album of his meeting with Justice Ginsburg including one of him shaking her hand as she sat before him
‘I am heartbroken’: He wrote: ‘I have no words for the hole that has just been blown through us’
‘Prayers up for her family’: Beyonce’s mother Tina Lawson wrote: ‘So saddened by this great loss ! Supreme Court Justice Ms Ruth Bader Ginsberg
‘Few women who’ve lived on planet earth have been as committed to helping others as Queen Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I am deeply saddened by this loss, for everyone. Most of all, my little girls,’ Kristen Bell wrote.
‘Who know the story of Ruth’s tireless work ethic and commitment to the rights of both men and women, to nursing he husband through cancer while working AND getting her law degree, to raising 2 children, from numerous books weve read about her,’ the Frozen star continued.
‘Rest in Peace Queen, and thank you for everything you did for us on earth. You will always be a true north,’ she added.
Ashley Tisdale wrote: ‘Thank you for fighting for us. We will not stop fighting and that’s all because of YOU. Rest In Peace RBG.’
Family business: ‘My mother, a magistrate in her own life was also determined and focused but RGB was a major player in our justice system in her own incredible life,’ wrote Selma Blair
‘Small but determined, the notorious RBG will always be a leader for equal rights. A visionary. An original,’ wrote Selma Blair.
‘My mother, a magistrate in her own life was also determined and focused but RGB was a major player in our justice system in her own incredible life. She was radical and cool. She shook up preconceived notions pleasing supporters and skeptics alike. She was a true bipartisan,’ Selma argued.
‘She could see both sides. May we remember this. What is good for the country. Her death is Rosh Hashanah makes her tzaddik. A person of great righteousness. Rest In Peace RBG. You earned it.’
Pharrell wrote: ‘A true giant. Thank you for your service RBG,’ while Ashley Benson, Vanessa Hudgens and Gabrielle Union also joined the choir.
‘A true giant’: Pharrell wrote: ‘Thank you for your service RBG,’ while Ashley Benson, Vanessa Hudgens and Gabrielle Union also joined the choir
‘RUTH BADER GINSBURG. She was a champion for good. We lost a very powerful and fair-minded champion. Bless her soul, bless her work, bless her courage and her vision. Be active! VOTE!’ wrote Tracee Ellis Ross.
‘This is not a game. Know what’s at stake and VOTE! Up and down and all around the ballot. VOTE! Sending love and condolences to her family and loved ones. I’m so sorry for your loss. I know what she meant to me and I never even met her, so I can only imagine what she meant to you,’ added the daughter of Diana Ross.
‘An indescribable honor to have been in her presence. She never stopped showing up for us. Now we’ll keep showing up to honor her life and her legacy. #rbg,’ wrote America Ferrera alongside a picture of her meeting with Ginsburg.
‘Devastated. Rest In Peace RBG,’ wrote Brooke Shields. ‘Thank you for all that you’ve done for this country. Everyone, please go make a plan to vote.’
‘An indescribable honor’: America Ferrera shared a picture of her meeting with Ginsburg, while Tracee Ellis Ross and Brooke Shields also posted about her
Ginsburg’s death brought tributes from international celebrities including Israeli star Gal Gadot who offered gratitude ‘for everything you brought to this world.’
‘A trailblazer in every way. We will honor your life and legacy by voting to protect all you stood for. Thank you endlessly for fighting for justice and equality until the very end. #rbg,’ gushed Mandy Moore.
‘I don’t know why I just thought she would hold on indefinitely. Because we needed her so much right now. Because she’s such an icon and role model to all women. To all people. Because she was a true warrior for human rights and justice. A real upstanding human. A QUEEN. Rest in Power,’ wrote Milla Jovovich.
Global legend: Ginsburg’s death brought tributes from international stars such as Israeli actress Gal Gadot as well as Americans like Milla Jovovich and Mandy Moore