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Leslie Jordan, the actor and comedian best known for playing Beverly Leslie on the long-running sitcom will and graceas well as for the roles on american horror story and call me katdied Monday at the age of 67.
While his acting career spanned more than 30 years, Jordan began reaching new audiences during the COVID-19 pandemic with his humor and Southern accent. He posted to 11 million followers across Facebook, Instagram and TikTok about how he was coping with societal change, and included videos of him dancing, singing and telling stories.
Thousands of people offered their condolences on Monday and told how Jordan have boosted morale over the past two years.
These are some of his most heartwarming and joyful moments.
He bought his first condo at 67
Jordan bought his first apartment at 67 and celebrated with his own rendition of the sitcom’s famous theme song “The Jeffersons.” “Let’s go to the east side, to a luxury apartment in the sky,” he sang. “Moving up to the East side, I finally got a piece of the pie.”
Leslie Jordan had just bought her first house at age 67… a condo.
The caption for that video read, “I really did it. It’s never too late to be happy y’all.” pic.twitter.com/MOr9vbRk1v
— Yashar Ali 🐘 یاشار (@yashar) October 24, 2022
He shared some of his fondest memories
In one video, Jordan, who was a gay man, recounts how, as a child, his dad took him to his first soccer game and started explaining how it works, to which Jordan replied, “But when the cheerleaders are they coming out?”
Jordan took a liking to baton twirling and practiced his moves in the front yard, much to the chagrin of his father, who begged him to follow his routine indoors.
“He loved me. He just didn’t know what to think of me,” Jordan said while demonstrating his baton. “But he was coming home from work and I was in the garden. He was with all his army buddies.”
The next line, “Dad, watch me twirl” became a meme staple and even turned into a song.
He gave his thoughts on the latest songs
Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande released their collaboration “Rain on Me” in 2020, of which Jordan posted a video shaking his head on the record and said, “I think I read about it in the Bible, the book of revelations. I think that means it’s the end of the world or something – it makes me want to dance.”
rest in peace leslie jordan 💔 throwback to his reaction to the rain on me pic.twitter.com/VWMy7QBkc0
– she thinks her piss is wine (@grxndesenigma) October 24, 2022
From Cardi B and Megan the Stallion’s “WAP” collaboration, he didn’t go far in the song due to the explicit lyrics, but still admired the effort.
“I can’t believe it. It’s just shocking,” he said. “Well, I’m not judging, to each his own. I guess every trash can has its lid.”
never forget when Leslie Jordan first listened to WAP talmbout “every trash has its lid” 😭😭💀 pic.twitter.com/nbCmR2HWpf
— syntrib8 (@bolt_tems) October 24, 2022
He showed off some of his hobbies
Jordan shared with his followers that he was prescribed Ambien to help him sleep, but if that doesn’t work, he takes to keeping a diary.
He opens his notebook to show his handwriting and the various stickers he uses to decorate the pages, including cats, rabbits and flowers.
Leslie Jordan on Ambien showing us her diary with her sticker collection ❤️❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/aKsQApcCrt
— Dr. Spooky Steve MD (@_Stevie_Dee) April 23, 2020
“I think I fell out of the womb and landed in my mom’s high heels,” he said. “I just like pretty things. I think that’s why gay people were put on this earth, just to make things pretty.”
There are also various videos on Instagram of Chattanooga, TN native Jordan performing country songs with Danny Myrick, Travis Howard and Brothers Osborne. He released his first album, “Company’s Comin'”, which is gospel, in 2021.