Toni Morrison Remembered: Oprah Winfrey Joins Barack Obama, Shonda Rhimes In Praise Of Author

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Refresh for updates… Oprah Winfrey, who co-produced and starred in the 1998 feature adaptation of Toni Morrison’s Beloved and was one of Morrison’s most devoted admirers, has added her voice to those mourning the author today.

“In the beginning was the Word,” writes Winfrey on Instagram. “Toni Morrison took the word and turned it into a Song…of Solomon, of Sula, Beloved, Mercy, Paradise Love, and more. She was our conscience. Our seer. Our truth-teller. She was a magician with language, who understood the Power of words. She used them to roil us, to wake us, to educate us and help us grapple with our deepest wounds and try to comprehend them. It is exhilarating and life-enhancing every time I read and share her work…She was Empress-Supreme among writers. Long may her WORDS reign!”

Winfrey featured four of Morrison’s novels as selections of the talk show host’s influential Book Club: Sula, The Bluest Eye, Paradise and Song of Solomon.

Morrison, the towering author whose classic work explored identity, race and the black female experience, was remembered today by Hollywood, politicians and media figures as both an influence and an unrivaled guide.

“Toni Morrison was a national treasure,” tweeted former President Barack Obama, who presented Morrison with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012, “as good a storyteller, as captivating, in person as she was on the page. Her writing was a beautiful, meaningful challenge to our conscience and our moral imagination. What a gift to breathe the same air as her, if only for a while.”

“She made me understand ‘writer’ was a fine profession,” tweeted Shondaland producer Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal). “I grew up wanting to be only her. Dinner with her was a night I will never forget. Rest, Queen.”

Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts tweeted, “’Something that is loved is never lost’…encouraging words from the beloved author #ToniMorrison that we can surely use today. So sad to hear of the passing of the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Her legacy will live on through those who were impacted by her powerful and unique voice.”

See those and tweets from Wendell Pierce, Vivica A. Fox and Dan Rather, among others, below.

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In the beginning was the Word. Toni Morrison took the word and turned it into a Song…of Solomon, of Sula, Beloved, Mercy, Paradise Love, and more. She was our conscience. Our seer. Our truth-teller. She was a magician with language, who understood the Power of words. She used them to roil us, to wake us, to educate us and help us grapple with our deepest wounds and try to comprehend them. It is exhilarating and life-enhancing every time I read and share her work. This pic was her first appearance on the Oprah Show. She was Empress-Supreme among writers. Long may her WORDS reign!

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“Something that is loved is never lost"…encouraging words from the beloved author #ToniMorrison that we can surely use today. So sad to hear of the passing of the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Her legacy will live on through those who were impacted by her powerful and unique voice.

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Rest easy Queen🙏🏾🕊❤️ #Pulitzer and #NobelPrize winner, legendary author and storyteller #ToniMorrison you will be missed. #TeamDL #BlackGirlMagic #BlackExcellence #Masterful #beloved

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