Famous faces have come out in force to pay tribute to Carla Lane, a screenwriter who became famous for writing TV series like The Liver Birds, Butterflies and Bread and passed away yesterday aged 87.
Among those remembering her celebrated career was Melanie Hill, who starred as Aveline in Bread and took to Twitter to express her sadness.
— Melanie Hill (@melaniejhil) May 31, 2016
BBC actress Jean Boht, who played Bread’s matriarch Ma Boswell, added that Lane was “dynamic, beautiful, she looked 16 all the time always and loved her animals, more than us I think, and you know she loved everybody”.
Others, including The Thick of It and Peep Show writer Simon Blackwell and Friday Night Dinner’s Robert Popper, spoke up about Lane’s influence over comedy and the sitcom form.
Just seen sad news about Carla Lane. A prolific talent. Her masterpiece, Butterflies, unlike anything that had come before in British sitcom
— Simon Blackwell (@simonblackwell) May 31, 2016
Carla Lane has died. A real comedy mind & force leaves the planet.https://t.co/76zw9sUMJ0
— Danny Baker (@prodnose) May 31, 2016
Very sad about Carla Lane. Butterflies was a beautiful show.
— Robert Popper (@robertpopper) June 1, 2016
Friend and fellow Liverpudlian Ken Dodd added that she was “a great observer” with a keen eye for everyday humour.
“She was a wonderful, a true modern comedienne writer, but as well as that, you know, she left a wonderful legacy of happiness and proving that once again ladies can be just as funny as men,” he said, according to the BBC.
Some reflected on her conservation work, her love of animals and animal welfare well-known…
Animals have lost a true champion today.
Our thoughts are with Carla Lane’s family & friends.
— PETA UK (@PETAUK) May 31, 2016
And there were many who were just glad that she’d made them laugh over the years.
— amanda abbington (@CHIMPSINSOCKS) June 1, 2016
What a writer. Unforgettable characters and razor sharp one-liners. Ria taught us everything we know about cooking #CarlaLane
— You’ve Been Framed! (@YouveBeenFramed) June 1, 2016
RIP Carla Lane, whom my american readers may not know but who was awesome.
— Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) June 1, 2016
RIP Carla Lane, who made us all laugh.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 31, 2016
Carla Lane and Victoria Wood both wrote from the heart, and put women at the heart of what they wrote. #RIPCarlaLane
— Rebecca Front (@RebeccaFront) May 31, 2016