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Tina musical star Adrienne Warren pays tribute to ‘icon’ and ‘mentor’ Tina Turner: ‘I love you’

adrienne warren Missing my lifelong inspiration and friend Tina Turner,

The actress, who won a Tony Award for portraying Turner in the Broadway musical About Herself, paid tribute to the late singer, who passed away this week at 83With a collection of video clips and snapshots on social media Thursday.

Warren wrote in the caption, “Today we lost our Queen of Rock and Roll, an inspiration, an icon. Today I lost a teacher and a mentor.” Post, “Relax, my friend. I love you, Anna Mae Bullock. Thank you.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 17: Cast members Adrienne Warren (L) and Tina Turner bow at the curtain call during the Press Night performance of “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical” at The Aldwych Theater on April 17, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Bennett/Dave Bennett/Getty Images)

David M. Bennett / Dave Bennett / Getty Adrienne Warren and Tina Turner

In the first clip, Warren and Turner are shown meeting after Warren was cast Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, “I wanted to say ‘thank you’ to you first because, if it wasn’t for you, I would never have become an artist,” Warren tells Turner, sitting next to him on a couch. “I moved my hips before tying my shoes because of Tina Turner. I’m your fan first and because of that I feel such a responsibility.”

“It is,” agreed Turner. “It’s a whole new life-form for Tina — without me — and everyone said, ‘Who are you going to be, girl, because she’s got so many shoes to fill,’ and I’m really glad that We found you.”

The pair then stand up and Turner begins teaching Warren how to do his signature dance move, the pony, before collapsing back on the couch from laughing so hard. Other compiled footage shows Warren and Turner walking on stage together; Warren preparing to record audiobook for Turner’s 2020 memoir happiness you become, And a picture of them laughing together.

Speaking with EW in 2019, Warren shared her admiration for Turner and remembered eagerly waiting for his response After “Proud Mary”, the singer participated in the opening performance of the musical.

“I didn’t hear from him for a few days. And then on Easter Sunday (laughs), I was at my director’s house and he called and said, ‘Okay, Adrienne, I’m ready to talk now,'” Warren recalled at the time. “And in that conversation, she approved of my performance. When she saw it she wasn’t able to talk to me face to face because she wasn’t ready yet. And she said some things I’ll never forget that I Will keep it near and dear to my heart.

He continued, “I think the more we all get to spend time with Tina and learn more about her, the more we come to care for her as the woman we know and love. And I think that’s when you really start to care, that’s when you become emotionally invested in your work. I care so much about this piece… because I care so much about this woman I do. And it’s his legacy, and he passed his torch on to us, so let’s make it right because he deserves it.”

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