Zendaya took to Instagram on Thursday to pay tribute to late singer Ronnie Spector following the singer’s death at 78, and said she hopes to make her ‘proud’ in playing her in a biopic.
The 25-year-old actress, who is slated to portray the Ronettes lead singer in a film about her life, shared an image of Spector and a selfie she had taken in December of 2018 with the Be My Baby artist, who died of cancer Wednesday.
The Spider-Man: No Way Home actress said the news of the death of Spector, who also had hits such as Baby I Love You and Walking In The Rain, left her brokenhearted.
The latest: Zendaya, 25, took to Instagram on Thursday to pay tribute to late singer Ronnie Spector following the singer’s death at 78, and said she hopes to make her ‘proud’ in playing her in a biopic
‘To speak about her as if she’s not with us feels strange as she is so incredibly full of life,’ Zendaya said. ‘There’s not a time I saw her without her iconic red lips and full teased hair, a true rockstar through and through.’
The Emmy-winning actress said that knowing Spector had been one of ‘the greatest honors’ of her life, and recalled details of the time they spent together.
‘Thank you for sharing your life with me, I could listen to your stories for hours and hours,’ Zendaya said. ‘Thank you for your unmeasured talent, your unwavering love for performing, your strength, resilience and your grace.
‘There is absolutely nothing that could dim the light you cast. I admire you so much and am so grateful for the bond we share.’
The Euphoria actress paid tribute to the late singer in an emotional social media post
Zendaya shared an image of a selfie she had taken in December of 2018 with the Be My Baby artist, who died of cancer Wednesday
The Euphoria actress said that Spector was ‘a magical force of greatness and the world of music will never be the same.
‘I wish everyone got to experience you the way I did. We celebrate your beautiful life and give you all the flowers you so rightfully deserve. Rest in great power Ronnie.’
The Dune star was first linked to the Spector biopic from A24 in September of 2020, as Variety reported that Spector, who was an executive producer, specifically picked her to play her in the film.
Spector’s family released a statement in the wake of her passing Wednesday that read: ‘Our beloved earth angel, Ronnie, peacefully left this world today after a brief battle with cancer. She was with family and in the arms of her husband, Jonathan.
‘Ronnie lived her life with a twinkle in her eye, a spunky attitude, a wicked sense of humor and a smile on her face. She was filled with love and gratitude. Her joyful sound, playful nature and magical presence will live on in all who knew, heard or saw her.’
Spector was snapped January 21, 2017 in Anaheim, California at the NAMM show
In addition to Zendaya, a number of Spector’s musical peers took to social media to honor the late songstress.
The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson said on Twitter that ‘Ronnie’s music and spirit will live forever.’
He added: ‘I loved her voice so much and she was a very special person and a dear friend. This just breaks my heart.’
Joan Jett called Spector ‘the sweetest person you could ever know.’
Kiss bassist Gene Simmons called Spector ‘the iconic voice of the Ronettes,’ adding, ‘I was proud to have spent some time with Ronnie at A&M Studios, listening to her tell stories about the early years of rock ‘n roll. She will be missed.’
Actor Elijah Wood said on the social media site: ‘Farewell, legend and music icon Ronnie Spector. I imagine Be My Baby will play on repeat across the globe today.’
A number of Spector’s musical peers paid tribute to the singer upon her passing
- Zendaya Honors Ronnie Spector With Instagram Tribute – Variety