Dolly Parton honors the memory of her close friend and fellow actor from “9 to 5,” Dabney Coleman, following his passing.

Published by Cel Manero from Global One Media, Inc.

“The loss of such a remarkable talent will be deeply felt by myself and countless others,” expressed the country music icon regarding the Emmy-winning actor’s passing.

Dolly Parton fondly recalls her friend and co-star from “9 to 5,” Dabney Coleman, who passed away on May 16 at the age of 92. On Monday, May 20, the 78-year-old country music legend shared a heartfelt tribute to Coleman on social media platforms like X (formerly known as Twitter) and Instagram.

“Dabney was not only a talented actor but also a cherished friend,” Parton began in her social media message. “During the filming of my first movie, 9 to 5, he imparted invaluable lessons to me.”

The iconic singer-songwriter further reflected on the qualities of Coleman that held special significance for her.

“He possessed a unique blend of humor, depth, and intelligence,” Parton reflected on Coleman. “Our friendship endured over the years, and his absence will be deeply felt by many.”

The duo starred together in the 1980 comedy, which depicted “three female secretaries who decide to get revenge on their tyrannical, sexist boss by abducting him and running the business themselves,” as per the synopsis. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin portrayed Parton’s colleagues in the film.

On Friday, Tomlin, aged 84, also conveyed her sympathies via social media. “We simply adored him,” she shared on X, alongside a picture of her and Coleman from “9 to 5.” In the photo, Tomlin, dressed as Disney’s Snow White portraying Violet Newstead, kneels beside a surprised-looking Coleman, who assumes the role of her antagonistic boss, Franklin Hart Jr.

According to a statement provided by Coleman’s daughter Quincy Coleman, the Emmy-winning actor, with over 60 projects spanning his six-decade career, passed away at his residence in Santa Monica, Calif.

“My father lived his life with a relentless curiosity, a boundless heart, and a spirit ablaze with passion, longing, and a humor that resonated with humanity,” Quincy expressed. “In his final days, he navigated this last chapter with grace, brilliance, and mastery.”

“As a mentor, a figure of inspiration, and a luminary, Dabney Coleman remains a treasure and a source of solace both in life and beyond, as his essence will endure through his body of work, his cherished ones, and his enduring legacy,” she continued.

Aside from his iconic portrayal in “9 to 5,” Coleman’s distinguished credits encompass roles in “Tootsie,” “You’ve Got Mail,” and “The Beverly Hillbillies” — productions in which Parton and Tomlin also featured prominently. His television journey featured notable appearances in “Buffalo Bill” and “Boardwalk Empire.” Additionally, Coleman lent his voice to various animated characters, including Principal Prickly in Disney’s animated series “Recess.”

Survived by his sister, Beverly Coleman McCall; his children Meghan, Kelly, Randy, and Quincy Coleman; and grandchildren Hale and Gabe Torrance, Luie Freundl, and Kai and Coleman Biancaniello, Coleman leaves behind a cherished legacy and a deeply mourned presence.

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