The actress wrote a long note that she shared to her Twitter page on Monday night, telling fans she was “still processing this devastating news” of her friend’s passing. The 53-year-old actress passed away on Monday night after battling colon cancer.
“Natalie taught us love, joy, and humor through her characters,” Berry wrote. “She could never dim her light, and it was infectious. With her I laughed harder than I’d ever laughed before. She showed us it was ok to be goofy and funny while still being sincere and extraordinarily kind.”
Berry shared memories of her time with Desselle-Reid, being “humbled” by the love she and her co-star received for B.A.P.S. She also praised her co-star for a career in which she “represented actual Black women, not what Black women are perceived to be.”
“Natalie represented actual black women, not what black women are perceived to be,” she wrote. “For that she was often underrated, passed over – deprived of the platform she truly deserved. But her light continues to shine through the people who grew up watching her, the people who knew her best and those of us who loved her.”
Berry and Reid starred alongside one another in the 1997 comedy B.A.P.S., directed by Robert Townsend. The movie centers around two Georgia women who travel to Los Angeles to raise money with the hopes of opening up their own business.
Halle posted a few beautiful photos of Natalie in honor of her memory, writing that B.A.P.S’ director Towsend, “facilitated our divine connection by uniting us in roles that would change our lives and impact our culture for generations to come.”
The 54-year-old actress continued to recall how beautiful her friendship with Reid truly was, writing that they shared “a connection that was simply unexplainable.”
“I am forever grateful for that moment. Natalie was one of the most precious people I’ve ever known,” Halle continued. “The second I met her our hearts were intertwined – we had a connection that was simply unexplainable, and she stayed her same sweet self all the years I knew her.”
Take a look at Halle Berry’s full tribute message for yourself down below.
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