Richard E Grant announces death of mum at 93
Richard E Grant has announced his mother has died at the age of 93.
The actor shared a tribute to his mother Leonne Esterhuysen on Twitter and spoke about their ‘incredibly complicated relationship.
In a video, he said: ‘I saw that I had eight missed calls from Africa and knew immediately why, which proved to be that my 93 year old mother died this morning.
‘We had an incredibly complicated relationship. And she’ll be somebody that was me anyway, emotionally withdrawn and withheld her approbation or approval of anything. So nothing was quite good enough.
‘But what that proved to be is a great motor for ambition and determination to try and prove yourself and be the best that you possibly can.
‘And yet, ironically, whatever she did, she demanded and got applause and approval from everybody around her, including me.
‘I went to stay with her for a couple of weeks, six weeks after my wife had died, with Covid restrictions being lifted. And she sent me a very terse email at the end of the trip saying, “I regret to say this was an absolute disaster. We only have two things in common books and classical music.”
‘So whereas she was very physically untactile. I’ve gone the opposite extreme, so a very loving father and husband, I suppose in response to that.
“Do I feel sadness that she has died? I feel resignation more than anything. But most of all, gratitude for having given me life.’
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