Elizabeth Banks has honored Melinda Ledbetter, the late wife of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, whom she played in the 2014 film Love & Mercy.
The Pitch Perfect star posted on Instagram. “What an honor to know her, to be invited into her life with Brian,” Banks wrote. “She was a force. She gave me such great advice – on parenting, which house to buy, being an artist. We laughed. She had a good laugh.
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“I was just thinking of her the other day when I passed the deli we used to visit,” Banks continued. “This is a reminder to reach out to people you enjoy. Tell them. Her family was her world and my heart and prayers are with them.”
Brian Wilson announced his wife’s passing on social media on Tuesday. “My heart is broken,” he wrote. “Melinda, my beloved wife of 28 years, passed away this morning. Our five children and I are just in tears. We are lost.”
Ledbetter married Brian Wilson in 1995 and served as his manager from 1999 onward. They adopted five children together.
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