Emmy-winning director's obituary for his wife of 25 years has become a viral love story
"For those who never knew her, I'm sorry for your loss."
Everyone appreciates a story of true love that stands the test of time, even when it ends in loss. Emmy-winning screenwriter, director and producer Robert Weide has captured people's hearts with a love story for the ages—one that just happens to be his own.
Weide is best known for directing and producing the first five seasons of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," but he is currently in the spotlight for a more personal reason. His beloved wife, Linda, passed away in December 2022, and the obituary he wrote for her has gone viral for its pure love and charm.
Weide published the obituary in the Los Angeles Times, but also shared it on Twitter after other people started sharing it.
From the first line, we start to get a picture of the woman Weide was married to for 25 years.
"Linda Weide, my remarkable wife, believed everybody's age was nobody's business. Let's just say she was ageless and timeless. She had a kind of elegance from another era," he wrote.
Weide shared that she had been diagnosed with a rare, fatal neurological disease called Progressive Supranuclear Palsy in 2018. She died at home on Christmas Day, peacefully, in Weide's arms.
"If you must die, try to do it in the arms of someone who loves you," he wrote. "It helps."
\u201cIt is with profound sadness that I report my dear, sweet wife, Linda Weide, of blessed memory, passed away on Christmas Day. My tribute to her in the L.A. Times only scratches the surface. If you click on the attached, please read to the end. You would have loved her.\u201d— Robert B. Weide (@Robert B. Weide) 1676137767
He described how they met on September 30, 1994. "I walked into Café Aroma in Studio City, and there she was," he wrote. "She had it all—beauty, style, grace, intelligence, wit, a great laugh, a blinding smile and (can I say this in 2023?) legs that demanded to be shown off, and were."
He said he wrote in his journal that night, "I think I may be in big trouble." Thus began their 28-year-long relationship that included a 25-year marriage.
"She was remarkably low maintenance," he continued. "We both appreciated the occasional meal in a fine restaurant and traveling abroad, but some years I'd ask what she wanted for her birthday and she would answer, 'a grilled cheese sandwich.' Typical. She was generous to a fault, always putting others' needs before her own."
Weide shared that his wife had a particular "soft spot" for animals in need. "Our own animals were all rescues, and friends would tell her, 'If I can come back in another life, I want to be one of your animals.'" he wrote.
Linda was an actress and Weide shared some of her most memorable roles, but it's clear her role as the leading lady in his life meant the most to him.
"What a team we made," Weide wrote. "She was Gracie to my George. After we purchased side-by-side cemetery plots years ago, I asked her what she wanted her marker to say. She answered, 'I'm with Stupid.' (That request will not be honored.) Oh dear—what am I ever supposed to do without her?"
It can't be easy to wrap up a tribute to the love of your life after they pass, but Weide did it beautifully.
"They say, 'Nothing lasts forever,' but they didn't know about my love for her," he wrote. "28 years wasn't nearly long enough. Still, I may just be the luckiest SOB who ever lived. Rest well, Bunnie. I hope we'll be together again."
And finally, the perfect last line:
"For those who never knew her, I'm sorry for your loss."
Weide has been "surprised and a bit overwhelmed" by how people have responded to the obituary, but he's thrilled that so many people are getting a glimpse of
\u201cI'll admit, I'm surprised and a bit overwhelmed by the response to my tribute to my late wife, Linda. It was just a simple obit in the L.A. Times, and I only posted it on Twitter when others started to. I'm trying to read and \u2764\ufe0f every comment, but I'm falling behind...\u201d— Robert B. Weide (@Robert B. Weide) 1676158578
"I love that total strangers are confessing to tears and saying they can tell what a beautiful person Linda was. The fact that so many are getting a small taste of what I blessed with for 28 years is so moving," he wrote on Twitter. "Many of the comments have made me cry, some make me laugh...Others make me shout, 'Yes, yes!'"
"Anyway, my deepest appreciation to everyone who's taken the time to read or ❤️ or comment on the tribute," he continued. "You have made this new widower feel a little less lonely. And I know Linda sends her love, too.”
\u201c...Others make me shout, "Yes, yes!" Anyway, my deepest appreciation to everyone who's taken the time to read or \u2764\ufe0f or comment on the tribute. You have made this new widower feel a little less lonely. And I know Linda sends her love, too. I'll post more photos when I can.\u201d— Robert B. Weide (@Robert B. Weide) 1676158578
Thank you, Bob Weide, for sharing your love story with the world. It seems you were right—we all would have loved Linda.
Read Weide's obituary in full here. And if this story compels you to do something to honor Linda's life, Weide suggests making a donation to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, her favorite animal shelter.
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