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Elizabeth Hendrickson Mourns the Death of Her Beloved “Poppy,” Lester Colodny


Please join us in sending love to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe) as she mourns the death of her beloved “Poppy,” Lester Colodny. “My Poppy,” she shared on Instagram. “My biggest champion. My favorite person on this planet is now my guardian angel. No one will ever compare to you and the love we shared. I’m sure you’re first in line at the library, singing show tunes, and casting your first play to direct in the heavens.

The Y&R actress then finished off her heartfelt post with some lyrics from the iconic song “I’ll Be Seeing You” that read: “I’ll be seeing you; In every lovely summer’s day; In everything that’s right and gay; I’ll always think of you that way; I’ll find you in the morning son; And when the night is new; I’ll be looking at the moon; But I’ll be seeing you.”

Colodny was an actor, writer, director, and producer as well as a talent agent. He wrote jokes for Henny Youngman and appeared in a Broadway show starring Mae West before working with comedians like Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Larry Gelbart, and Woody Allen. He even won an Emmy Award for writing, producer, and directing a Jack Benny TV special. 

“He is the one I have to thank for everything,” Hendrickson said of her “Poppy” in 2019. “He introduced me to theater. Got me my first agent. Took me to my first audition. He was and always has been my biggest supporter. I was his favorite until [my husband] Rob came along. They share a very special bond. My 94 years young Poppy E-mails him to talk politics, books, and to check in on us. Nothing warms my heart more.”

Our thoughts are with Hendrickson as well as all of Colodny’s friends and family during this difficult time.

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