Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who died yesterday at age 87, was a life-long lover of the arts, including theater. Her mother introduced her to the Brooklyn Academy of Music which was “my dream place as a child,” she said in a 2012 profile, which noted: “When talking about art—whether visual, theater, or opera—she smiles often and easily recalls decades-old memories of plays and concerts.”
I cannot count the times I sat behind her in the theater in DC. She didn’t go because she was an invited dignitary. She went because she couldn’t stay away. She was the embodiment of the cultivated public servant-who knew the arts were the soul’s nourishment. God’s rest RBG
— Peter Marks (@petermarksdrama) September 18, 2020
— Barry Jenkins (@BarryJenkins) September 19, 2020
RBG “Now she belongs to the Ages.” Stunned. Heart broken and very afraid. We must take up her mantle.
— Kathy Bates (@MsKathyBates) September 19, 2020
(Bates was in the cast of “On The Basis of Sex,” the 2018 feature film about Ginsburg.)
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 💔💔💔 pic.twitter.com/CxRwTYiGZU
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) September 19, 2020
“Justices continue to think and can change. I am ever hopeful that if the court has a blind spot today, its eyes will be open tomorrow.” -RBG
A tremendous loss. A tremendous legacy.
Photo by Jose R. Lopez. pic.twitter.com/z1kBwUUzka
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) September 19, 2020
There are so many great photos of kids dressed as RBG. Her accomplishments inspire all generations. She changed the world for the better, unlike Trump and his supporters, who keep trying to destroy everything she stood for pic.twitter.com/YmQoejPppq
— Paul Rudnick (@PaulRudnickNY) September 19, 2020
A maverick … who changed the entire world for the better. #RIPRuthBaderGinsburg pic.twitter.com/cVTdA3T4C3
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) September 19, 2020
Thank you Justice Ginsberg for your brilliant mind, dedicated heart and incredible spirit. To those of us left behind- if you dont understand how and why your vote counts, please pay attention. Future generations are counting on you. RIP, RGB. And V.O.T.E.
— Brian Stokes Mitchell (@bstokesmitchell) September 19, 2020
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. https://t.co/vuy6BsIyQO
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) September 18, 2020
Our friend Pamela just told us that “According to Jewish tradition, a person who dies on Rosh Hashanah, which began tonight, is a tzaddik, a person of great righteousness.” We found that very comforting. So strange to be eating these apples and honey with this sadness. pic.twitter.com/bBaWAxwjh0
— Mandy Patinkin (@PatinkinMandy) September 19, 2020
Also can I just say: if I wrote a play where Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies on Rosh Hashana a few weeks before a referendum on fascism, every dramaturg in NYC would be like: MAYBE THERE’S A MORE SUBTLE WAY YOU COULD COMMUNICATE THIS POINT.
— Dan Fishback (@dangerfishback) September 19, 2020
I really wish John Lewis and RBG, who worked so hard to make this country better, hadn’t died during our backslide. I wish they’d lived to see us re-solidify their accomplishments and even take them further. But when we do those things, I believe they’ll know.
— Ashley Nicole Black (@ashleyn1cole) September 19, 2020
Want to donate to some critical races in memory of the amazing #RBG?
Here are my picks: (Alabama is a stretch, but the rest are all winnable!)￼ Amy McGrath (KY) Sarah Gideon (ME) Jaime Harrison (SC) Cal Cunningham (NC) Mark Kelly (AZ) John Hickenlooper (CO) Doug Jones(AL)
— Telly Leung (@tellyleung) September 19, 2020
McConnell, you putz: you announced you will vote for RBG’s replacement just hours after her death. So as soon as I hear of your passing, I’m not gonna wait before I dance.
— Paula Vogel (@VogelPaula) September 19, 2020
“We should take the time to mourn the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was a legal giant, a defender of the defenseless, and an American hero. But we should also celebrate and honor her life by following her example.
— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) September 19, 2020
Do not despair. Follow RGB’s example. Persist. Resist. Do not give up hope, even when the odds seem hopeless.
Politics can—and should—wait. For now, let’s celebrate her life. For the next forty-six days, let’s be Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The rest is detail.”
— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) September 19, 2020
Let’s honor her legacy with action. #RIPRBG #Vote
Call the Capital switch board, ask for your senator, demand that no nominee is voted on until after the election 202-224-3121
Go to https://t.co/2O0HX5TYZz
Unseat Mitch McConnell donate to his opponent @amymcgrathky, if able
— Laura Benanti (@LauraBenanti) September 19, 2020
Let’s fight for RBG like she fought for us.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) September 19, 2020