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Lisa Kudrow Thanks the "Completely Brilliant" Matthew Perry in a Poignant Tribute
Kudrow mourned her friend with a touching, emotional Instagram post.
Lisa Kudrow, who played sweet hippie Phoebe Buffay on Friends for 10 years, posted a touching tribute to her late co-star Matthew Perry, who played sarcastic Chandler Bing. Perry died in October at the age of 54. May he rest in peace.
Lisa Kudrow's tribute to Matthew Perry
To pay her respects, Kudrow posted a picture of a Polaroid of herself and Perry during the early years of the show.
"You suggested we play poker AND made it so much fun while we initially bonded," the actress wrote. "Thank you for that. Thank you for making me laugh so hard at something you said, that my muscles ached, and tears poured down my face EVERY DAY. Thank you for your open heart in a six way relationship that required compromise. And a lot of 'talking.' Thank you for showing up at work when you weren’t well and then, being completely brilliant. Thank you for the best 10 years a person gets to have. Thank you for trusting me. Thank you for all I learned about GRACE and LOVE through knowing you. Thank you for the time I got to have with you, Matthew."
The post immediately attracted millions of likes and thousands of comments from Friends viewers joining in the collective mourning and wishing Kudrow peace as she processes the loss. "Since yesterday I’m reading the posts from my favorite cast celebrating the life of one of their own," read a comment from Brazilian actress Maria Bopp. "I’m so sorry for your loss, Lisa. If Matthew is so important for strangers, I can only imagine for you."
Another fan added, "When millions of people mourn you although they never met you in person, that is an amazing legacy. This was the show that took me from college to young adult, and Matthew Perry was always the one who made me laugh the most. Knowing he was obviously a fantastic and caring person in reality makes it that more awesome and tragic all at the same time."
Kudrow and Perry obviously shared a special bond. And when it came time to publish his memoir — Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing — Perry turned to Kudrow to write the forward.
“He has survived impossible odds, but I had no idea how many times he almost didn’t make it,” Kudrow wrote in the book, reflecting on Perry's details of his battle with addiction. “I’m glad you’re here, Matty. Good for you. I love you.”