Richard E. Grant heartbroken, pays tribute after wife of 35 years Joan Washington dies

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USA TODAY 03 September, 2021 - 09:26am 4 views

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Grant, 64, also shared a series of broken heart emojis, prompting condolences and messages of support from his followers. The GuardianRichard E Grant says he is heartbroken at death of wife Joan Washington

Richard E. Grant Mourns the Death of His Wife of 35 Years Joan Washington: 'Love of My Life'

PEOPLE 03 September, 2021 - 10:45am

On Friday, the 64-year-old actor announced the news of his wife's death in a social media statement. She was 71.

Without revealing her cause of death, Grant shared a sweet video of himself dancing with his love, which ended with the pair hugging in a warm embrace.

"🎵ONLY YOU!🎵Joan - Love of my Life & Giver of Life to our daughter Olivia," Grant tweeted. "Our hearts are broken with the loss of your Life last night. 35 years married & 38 together. To be truly known and seen by you, is your immeasurable gift."

"Do not forget us, sweet Monkee-mine," the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker star added alongside a set of broken heart emojis.

Washington, who served as a voice and dialect coach, met Grant back in 1983. Together, the pair share a daughter, Olivia, and a stepson, Tom, from Washington's previous relationship.

Speaking with The Independent back in 2011 for a joint interview, Grant explained how he and Washington first met at the Actors' Centre in London.

"She was teaching an accent session with a bunch of actors, and I thought she had the most wonderful voice and huge, sort of monkey eyes. She seemed fairly frenetic," he told the outlet at the time. "I thought that she was really cute and all that."

According to her IMDB page, Washington's career spanned almost 40 years during the time she served in the film industry in her behind-the-scenes role. Over that period, she worked with well-known stars like Anne Hathaway and Emma Stone.

After Washington's death was made public, various stars who worked with her shared their condolences on social media.

Sharing a photo of herself with Washington, Jessica Chastain tweeted, "My heart is broken 💔Joan Washington had such a profound impact on me, yes as an artist, but mostly as a woman. I've looked toward her. Her strive towards excellence made her the celebrated dialect coach she was."

Noting that they worked together on films such as The Debt, Crimson Peak and The Zookeeper's Wife, Chastain, 44, continued, writing, "Every day I was excited to go to work and giggle with Joan. She was a barometer of truth with a wicked sense of humor. I loved her very much."

In another statement, The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies star Jason Watkins called Washington "incomparable."

"Joan taught me dialects and accents when I trained at @Rada and beyond. I have made my career using accents and dialects," Watkins, 54, tweeted. "I owe her everything. Such a terrible loss to @RichardEGrant and us all. Rest in Peace."

Celebrities pay tribute to Richard E. Grant's beloved wife Joan

Daily Mail 03 September, 2021 - 07:56am

By Connie Rusk For Mailonline

Dawn French, Nigella Lawson and Tamzin Outhwaite have led the outpouring of tributes to Richard E. Grant's beloved wife of 35-years Joan Washington after her death aged 71. 

The actor's celebrity community shared their condolences on his post and some reminisced on the times they worked alongside or had spent time with Joan, with Vicar of Dibley star Dawn, 63, describing the dialect coach as a 'phenomenal woman'. 

It was clear Joan touched the lives of many in the industry, as Sarah Millican, Jason Watkins and David Baddiel also paid tribute online. 

Tributes: Dawn French (left) and Nigella Lawson led the outpouring of tributes to Richard E. Grant's beloved wife of 35-years Joan Washington after her death aged 71

Heartbreaking: On Friday Richard E Grant announced the death of his wife Joan at the age of 71 after 35 years of marriage (pictured in 2019)

Richard, 64, announced the death of his wife Joan on Friday and released a heartbreaking video of them dancing together. The actor said he and their daughter Olivia, 32, were 'heartbroken'. 

Leading the tributes on social media was Dawn, who wrote on Richard's post: 'Joan Washington will ALWAYS be remembered by those of us who knew her & were taught by her, as a PHENOMENAL WOMAN. So much love to @RichardEGrant & all the family.' 

Meanwhile, EastEnders actress Tamzin, 50, added: 'Oh Richard, I am so sorry. From afar yours looked like the most beautiful love affair. sending you and Olivia my deepest condolences. xx'.

Nigella, 61, said she was 'heartbroken' for the actor and his family. 

'What a wonderful woman Joan Washington was. And how devastating to have to say ‘was’. My heart’s broken for @RichardEGrant and @OliviaGranted . May her memory be a blessing 

Comedian Sarah, 46, typed: 'I'm so sorry for your loss, Richard. X', while Jason, 54, wrote: 'I'm so sorry Richard. I’m sending you my love and thinking of you. X' 

Phenomenal: The actor's celebrity community shared their condolences on his post and some reminisced on the times they had spent time with Joan, with Vicar of Dibley star Dawn, 63, describing the dialect coach as a 'phenomenal woman'

Heartbreaking: TV chef Nigella, 61, said she was 'heartbroken' for the actor and his family

Beautiful: EastEnders actress Tamzin, 50, said the pair had a 'beautiful love affair' 

Eva Pope, who appeared in Coronation Street, wrote: 'Oh my heart aches for you....deep condolences Richard. She taught me in that very house..'  

Actor David Morrissey, 57, told Richard in a Tweet how Joan 'encouraged me and we had some great laughs together'. 

He wrote: 'So sorry to hear this Richard. Joan was so kind and wonderful to me. She encouraged me and we had some great laughs together. Sending you lots of love.' 

'Joan was so wonderful': It was clear Joan touched the lives of many in the industry, as Sarah Millican, Jason Watkins and David Baddiel also paid tribute online

Mock The Week comedian Chris Addison, 49, added: 'Richard! I'm devastated to hear this. She was a truly, truly wonderful woman and I'm privileged to have got to work with her. Huge condolences and love to you and Olivia. x'

Inspector Lewis' actress Rebecca Front echoed the sentiments as she told Richard she was 'thinking of you and all your loved ones'.   

Joan, from Aberdeen, trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and had nearly 40 years' experience in the film industry as a voice and dialect coach, working with stars including Anne Hathaway, Vanessa Redgrave and Emma Stone.

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Among her early projects in the mid-80s were Yentl starring Barbra Streisand, Highlander, and The Bounty, featuring Mel Gibson and Sir Anthony Hopkins.

Recent years saw her work on features such as The Witches, where she coached Hathaway for the part of the Grand High Witch, and Yorgos Lanthimos' black comedy The Favourite, where she worked with Stone.

Richard revealed Joan passed away on Thursday night in an emotional tribute that included a video of the pair dancing together and laughing before they embraced along to the song Only You by The Platters.

Richard wrote: 'ONLY YOU! Joan - Love of my Life & Giver of Life to our daughter Olivia.

'Our hearts are broken with the loss of your Life last night. 35 years married & 38 together.

'To be truly known and seen by you, is your immeasurable gift. Do not forget us, sweet Monkee-mine.' 

35- years of marriage: Richard and Joan on their wedding day 35 years ago in a picture posted by the actor to mark their anniversary

The pair had overcome tragedy in their life and spoke publicly about how their first child together sadly died after just half an hour.

Joan had suffered multiple miscarriages but had been determined they would keep trying after seeing how good her husband had been with her son from a previous relationship Tom.

Then in 1989 she fell pregnant with daughter Olivia after telling him 'Fatherhood suits you. You're very good at it'. 

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In a joint interview with the Independent in 2011, Grant recalled them meeting for the first time.

He said: 'I met her at the Actors' Centre in London. She was wearing a boiler suit and had fairly short, cropped hair and Kicker shoes, and was chain-smoking, which I thought was insane.

'She was teaching an accent session with a bunch of actors, and I thought she had the most wonderful voice and huge, sort of monkey eyes. She seemed fairly frenetic.

'I thought that she was really cute and all that. It was December 1982.'

The actor has previously admitted he had not considered getting married until he had met her.  

Happier times: The devoted couple were seen at Wimbledon in 2019 enjoying themselves at the tennis

Speaking in an interview with The Independent, he explained: 'I'd never really thought about getting married, didn't think it was necessary. 

'Joan had been married, and she had staunchly said to me that she didn't want to get married again, and so we'd never talked about it.' 

It wasn't until the couple spent six weeks apart when Richard returned to his family home in southern Africa for a Christmas break that he realised marriage was the ultimate commitment.

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The star proposed immediately upon his return and Joan happily accepted, with the couple going on to set up home together in Richmond, south-west London.

Richard added: 'Before I got married, I didn't hold any store by it. 

'My parents were divorced when I was 11 and it made such a profound impression on my life that I suppose I thought that by not getting married, you could avoid your life being carved in two. But that changed.'

The couple went on to have one daughter, Olivia together, while Richard is a step-father to Tom, 44, from Joan's previous marriage.

Family: Joan, daughter Olivia Grant and Richard are pictured smiling happily this family picture taken back in 2007

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