Chelsea Clinton, Mia Farrow Mourn Beverly Cleary, Beloved Children's Author Who Died at 104

Celebrities like Chelsea Clinton and Mia Farrow have shared messages of love and mourning following the death of beloved children's author Beverly Cleary. Cleary was 104.

During her career, Cleary wrote over 40 books including nine books involving Ramona Quimby, an energetic and imaginative young girl who became one of Cleary's most famous characters. Cleary's books have sold over 85 million copies worldwide and been translated into at least 29 languages.

In 2000, the Library of Congress named Cleary a "Living Legend." In 2003, former President George W. Bush gave her the National Medal of Art from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton, wrote, "Holding Beverly Cleary's family and loved ones in my heart. Ramona brought me so much joy as a child and inspired me to ask my Grandma Ginger to quit smoking for my 8th birthday (she did!). Have loved sharing her books with my children. May her memory be a blessing."

Holding Beverly Cleary’s family and loved ones in my heart. Ramona brought me so much joy as a child and inspired me to ask my Grandma Ginger to quit smoking for my 8th birthday (she did!). Have loved sharing her books with my children.
May her memory be a blessing. https://t.co/SMWPubdPzg

— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) March 26, 2021

Second lady Jill Biden said, "RIP Beverly Cleary. Millions of girls saw themselves in Ramona Quimby. Thank you from all the 'pests' out there."

RIP Beverly Cleary. Millions of girls saw themselves in Ramona Quimby. Thank you from all the “pests” out there.

— Jill Biden (@FLOTUS) March 26, 2021

Actress Mia Farrow wrote, "Beverly Cleary has died at 104 years old. But she left Ramona, Henry Huggins, Beezus & Ralph the Mouse & so many more feisty characters & stories to entertain children for years to come. 91 million parents have bought her books- so far."

Beverly Cleary has died at 104 years old. But she left Ramona, Henry Huggins, Beezus & Ralph the Mouse & so many more feisty characters & stories to entertain children for years to come. 91 million parents have bought her books- so far. 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/0UymgmTqyl

— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) March 26, 2021

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon wrote, "Aw, jeez. Two in one day. #TheMouseandtheMotorcycle and #RunawayRalph were key texts for firing my imagination, instilling the ordinary with the marvelous."

The "two in one day" is likely a reference to Larry McMurtry, the screenwriter and author of Lonesome Dove as well as other books, who also died on Friday.

Aw, jeez. Two in one day. #TheMouseandtheMotorcycle and #RunawayRalph were key texts for firing my imagination, instilling the ordinary with the marvelous. https://t.co/r4Vu7DF5yE

— Michael Chabon (@michaelchabon) March 26, 2021

Comedian Paula Poundstone wrote, "Beverly Cleary wrote a Ramona book when she was 80. My dog Ramona was named after said Ramona. What joyous books. Making it to 104 was quite a run."

Beverly Cleary wrote a Ramona book when she was 80. My dog Ramona was named after said Ramona. What joyous books. Making it to 104 was quite a run.

— Paula Poundstone (@paulapoundstone) March 26, 2021

Filmmaker Alice Wu wrote, "God, I read everything by her. In hindsight, she helped this lonely, quiet kid feel just a little less alone. R.I.P and thank you, Beverly Cleary."

God, I read everything by her. In hindsight, she helped this lonely, quiet kid feel just a little less alone. R.I.P and thank you, Beverly Cleary. https://t.co/Vw6FtO9L6i

— Alice Wu 伍思薇 (@thatalicewu) March 26, 2021

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden wrote, "Grant Park here in NE Portland has many wonderful reminders of how Beverly Cleary drew from her childhood home to capture young readers' hearts & minds. While we mourn this iconic Oregonian's passing, we also are thankful for her timeless contribution to kids' literature."

Grant Park here in NE Portland has many wonderful reminders of how Beverly Cleary drew from her childhood home to capture young readers’ hearts & minds. While we mourn this iconic Oregonian’s passing, we also are thankful for her timeless contribution to kids’ literature. pic.twitter.com/BHjyL6XECi

— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) March 26, 2021

Oregon Governor Kate Brown, "I'm incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of Beverly Cleary—Oregon's beloved children's author. She wrote dozens of titles, received numerous prestigious awards, and sparked a love of reading for generations of children. She will be deeply missed."

I'm incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of Beverly Cleary—Oregon's beloved children's author. She wrote dozens of titles, received numerous prestigious awards, and sparked a love of reading for generations of children. She will be deeply missed. pic.twitter.com/8uh0YyNIiS

— Governor Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown) March 26, 2021

Children's book author Kate Messner wrote, "My whole feed tonight is fellow authors whose life work was shaped by Beverly Cleary. She didn't just give us Ramona and a way to feel less alone. She inspired us to share our own stories - our own versions of Ramona - to reach all kinds of kids. That, my friends, is a legacy."

My whole feed tonight is fellow authors whose life work was shaped by Beverly Cleary.

She didn't just give us Ramona and a way to feel less alone. She inspired us to share our own stories - our own versions of Ramona - to reach all kinds of kids. That, my friends, is a legacy.

— katemessner (@KateMessner) March 26, 2021

Comedian Rae Sanni wrote, "Ramona Quimby, Age 8 was my favorite book in the world for years. I loved the whole Beverly Cleary universe. What a gift she was. RIP Beverly Cleary."

Ramona Quimby, Age 8 was my favorite book in the world for years. I loved the whole Beverly Cleary universe. What a gift she was. RIP Beverly Cleary.

— Rae Sanni (@raesanni) March 26, 2021

Author Jeff Chu wrote, "The young Beverly, 'a rather odd, serious little girl' who stayed with the adult Beverly Cleary, 'prevents me from writing down to children.' What a gift."

The young Beverly, "a rather odd, serious little girl" who stayed with the adult Beverly Cleary, "prevents me from writing down to children.” What a gift. https://t.co/vGti94GpUd

— Jeff Chu 朱天慧 (@jeffchu) March 26, 2021

Author Preeti Chhibber wrote, "So appreciative of Beverly Cleary who created characters and worlds so many of us could fall in love with! What a long and wonderful reader's life she had and what a long and wonderful reader's life she gave us."

So appreciative of Beverly Cleary who created characters and worlds so many of us could fall in love with! What a long and wonderful reader’s life she had and what a long and wonderful reader’s life she gave us ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/8RQMVRTc4X

— Preeti Chhibber (@runwithskizzers) March 26, 2021

Screenwriter Brian Lynch wrote, "Beverly Cleary has passed at 104. From RAMONA to RUNAWAY RALPH to DEAR MR. HENSHAW, she created so many wonderful, lovely, funny, endearing characters. I read each book over and over again. just can't imagine my childhood without her. May she Rest in Peace."

Beverly Cleary has passed at 104. From RAMONA to RUNAWAY RALPH to DEAR MR. HENSHAW, she created so many wonderful, lovely, funny, endearing characters. I read each book over and over again. just can't imagine my childhood without her. May she Rest in Peace. pic.twitter.com/pbLkL3Npd6

— Brian Lynch (@BrianLynch) March 26, 2021

Newsweek contacted Cleary's publisher Harper Collins for comment.

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Children's book author Beverly Cleary died on Friday at the age of 104. Chelsea Clinton and other celebrities mourned her passing on Twitter. In this November 12, 2003 image, Cleary receives the National Medal of Arts in the Oval Office of then-President George W. Bush. Tim Sloan / AFP/Getty