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Selma Blair Mourns Death of Mom Molly Cooke in an Emotional Tribute

Junie Sihlangu
May 27, 2020
12:00 P.M.
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Over the weekend, actress Selma Blair, 47, took to Instagram to reveal that her mother had passed on. Molly Cooke died at home in Michigan on Saturday at the age of 82.

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Taking to Instagram, Blair wrote a heartbreaking tribute to her mother. She started off her post by calling Cooke her “first person” and sharing that she still worshipped her mother.

The actress went on to describe Cooke as “formidable, funny, quick, striking and generous.” She noted her mother as a generous person, a personality she said she’d “adopted.”

Selma Blair at the "Vanity Fair" Oscar Party on February 24, 2019, in Beverly Hills, California | Photo: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

Selma Blair at the "Vanity Fair" Oscar Party on February 24, 2019, in Beverly Hills, California | Photo: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

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HER MOM WAS HER MUSE

The star spoke about Cooke’s work as a judge and being one of the “only women in her law school class.” She went on to praise her late mother describing her as her “muse.”

The actress shared how she and her sisters had loved their mother “so much” and how their “lives will never be the same.” The “Cruel Intentions” star stated: “I hold you from here.”

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WORKING AS A LAWYER

Included in the post was an old photo of Cooke on her wedding day. The "Hellboy" actress’s mother was a graduate of the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law.

For more than 50 years, she worked as a lawyer. She also served as a Workers’ Compensation Magistrate and was a member of the Workers’ Compensation Hall of Fame.

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COOKE’S CHILDREN

For her 32 years of outstanding public service, Blair’s mother received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Polish American Legal Society. The actress is the youngest of Cooke's four daughters, Katherine, Elizabeth, and Marie Beitner.

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BLAIR’S FATHER

Cooke shared her children with ex-husband and attorney Elliot Beitner. The pair divorced when Blair was 23-years-old and he passed away in 2012 at the age of 82.

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DEALING WITH ISOLATION

Last Friday, Blair shared an Instagram photo from her hospital stay last summer. She revealed in the post that she was “adjusting” in a similar way now that she was at home in Los Angeles during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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SELMA’S MS BATTLE

Last year, she had to go into isolation at a hospital after undergoing a stem cell transplant for her multiple sclerosis. In August 2018, the star was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS).

STEM TRANSPLANT

She had to undergo the transplant after finding herself “out of options” to deal with the intense pain and physical struggles from the disease. Besides the transplant, the actress had to undergo chemotherapy.

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