Anne Hathaway has confessed her heart is “breaking” following the death of Rachel Getting Married director Jonathan Demme.
The 34-year-old actress scored her first Academy Award nomination for the 2008 drama, which was directed by Demme, who passed away in New York on Wednesday (26Apr17) at the age of 73. He had been battling esophageal cancer and died of complications from heart disease.
Following the news, many stars have issued statements or posted on social media praising Demme, and now Anne, who went on to win an Oscar for Les Miserables, has joined them by writing an emotional message on Instagram.
“Dearest JD, In this moment when words fail me, I am so grateful to the light which lets me see you everywhere, in everything,” she wrote. “Thank you for cracking open the heart which is now breaking (it’s always worth it). My favorite rebel angel… I love you forever.”
Demme was best known for directing The Silence of the Lambs, a Best Picture Oscar winner, and Philadelphia, and their respective stars Jodie Foster and Tom Hanks have all paid tribute, as well as other collaborators such as Justin Timberlake, Thandie Newton and Alec Baldwin.
Rocker Bruce Springsteen also wrote a message about Demme on his website, which read, “Over here on E Street, we’re deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Jonathan Demme. He was an inspiration for me, a beautiful filmmaker and a great spirit. Always smiling, always involved with the world and always pushing you to go for your best. He’ll be deeply missed.”
Springsteen won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for his track Streets of Philadelphia from Demme’s movie Philadelphia, and Demme also directed the song’s music video.