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According to Halle, Hollywood didn’t really appreciate Natalie’s gifts when casting the actress.
“Natalie represented real black women, not what black women perceive,” said the X-Men star. “For this she was often underestimated, passed over – robbed of the platform she really deserved. But her light continues to shine through the people who grew up and watched her, the people who knew her best and those of us who they loved. “
She added, “I will love you forever, my sweet friend.”
A statement posted on Natalie’s Instagram page praised the late performer as “a bright light in this world,” not to mention an “extraordinary mother and wife.”
Holly Robinson Peete tweeted that she was “absolutely decimated by this news” and stated that she met Natalie when her mother ran the actress.