Actor and comedian Leslie Jordan is known for playing Beverly Leslie on the long-running sitcom Will & Grace and for roles on American Horror Story and Call Me Kat. Leslie Jordan died on Monday at age 67. His acting career spanned more than 30 years. Thousands of people issued their condolences recounted how Jordan lifted their spirits over the past couple years. During the COVID-19 pandemic,Jordan began reaching new audiences with his humor and Southern accent.
He posted on social media about how he was coping with the societal changes. The videos also included videos of him dancing, singing and telling stories.Here are some of his most heartwarming and jauntymoments. He purchased his first condo at 67 and celebrated with his own rendition of the famed theme song to “The Jeffersons” sitcom.He sang, “Moving on up to the East side, to a deluxe apartment in the sky,”.
In one video, Jordan, who was a gay man, talks about how as a child, his father took him to his first football game and began explaining how it works, “Moving on up to the East side, I finally got a piece of the pie.” to which Jordan replied, “But when do the majorettes come out?”Jordan would practice his moves in the front yard, much to the chagrin of his father, who’d plead with him to take his routine inside.Jordan said ,”He loved me. He just didn’t know what to make of me.But he would come home from work and I’d be in the front yard. He’d be with all of his Army buddies.”
The line, “Daddy, watch me twirl” became a meme staple and was even made into a song.
Jordan shared that he is prescribed Ambien to help him sleep, but if that doesn’t work, he takes to journaling.He showed his notebook to show his handwriting and the various stickers he uses to decorate the pages , like cats, rabbits and flowers. He said that he think he fell out of the womb and landed in his mother’s high heels.
He also stated that, “I just like things pretty. I think that’s why homosexuals were put on this earth, just to make things pretty.”There are various videos of Jordan, a Chattanooga, Tenn., native, performing country songs with the likes of Danny Myrick, Travis Howard and Brothers Osborne. He also debuted his first album, “Company’s Comin’,” which is gospel, in 2021.