Kristin Chenoweth honors her birth mother after her death.
The 55-year-old actress shared the news of her death on Instagram on Sunday, captioning an emotional tribute alongside pictures of her mother Lynn throughout her life.
“The angel who brought me into this world has passed away. Her name is Lynn. Also known as Mamalynn. The ten-plus years that I have known her have been magical,” Chenoweth began her tribute.
The picture carousel also contains some snapshots of the mother-daughter duo together from the last ten years.
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The Tony Award winner continued: “I realized so many things about myself when I met her and really got to know her. Those of us who knew her loved her light. Her love for music and all things artistic. An artist herself.” !”
“The mother of beautiful Jennifer and lovely Chris. Man, she loved her kids! In her belly I became fans of Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan, Doyle Bramhall, Jimi Hendrix and of course Billy Ethridge – my bio father. The two of them gave me the innate artistic ability I have today,” she added.
“Mamalynn prayed for me every year on my birthday, hoping that I would live the most perfect life, which of course I did. I snuck off and prayed for her too and wished that one day I could say ‘thank you’ to her.” Which I did on 12/12/12. A wonderful day! We left nothing unsaid at the end,” continued Chenoweth.
“I will miss her until the end of my days. But then I’ll fly up to the sky where she’ll be waiting to greet me and she’ll say, ‘Start singing, baby girl!’ And I will. RIP Mamalynn,” she concluded.
Chenoweth’s famous friends left warm notes in their comments section.
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Reese Witherspoon wrote: “What a beautiful tribute. Sing her song baby girl,” adding a red heart emoji.
Selma Blair wrote “Love” with a yellow heart.
Rita Wilson added: “Kristin, I’m so sorry for your loss. What a blessing that you got to know each other over the last few years. And that she met you. Your gratitude in this tribute is so loud and clear. Love.” Dir. May her memory last forever.
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Chenoweth opened up about her adoption story on Fox Nation, revealing that she was adopted at five days old and has been anchored in her faith ever since.
In 2022, Chenoweth guest-starred on the show Today, where she revealed that her adoptive parents never “surprised” her with their adoption story.
“They always said, ‘The lady who had you in her stomach couldn’t take care of you the way she wanted and she loved you so much.'”