Greater than 1,000 individuals attended her funeral Friday, her father Andrew Griggs advised CNN, following her November 5 dying in New York.
Griggs made her Broadway debut at age 6 as Polly in “Cat on a Sizzling Tin Roof,” performing alongside Scarlett Johansson. Since then, she has participated in additional than 1,000 Broadway exhibits, her father mentioned.
After leaving “Cat on a Sizzling Tin Roof,” Griggs went on to affix the forged of Tony award-winning musical “As soon as” in 2013, performing as an alternate for the position of Ivanka.
In 2015, Griggs ended her 17-month run with “As soon as” and transitioned her profession towards TV and movie.
The actress featured in a number of commercials and tv exhibits, together with voiceovers within the animated kids’s TV sequence “Bubble Guppies.” She additionally performed Evelyn’s daughter in Woody Allen’s 2016 movie “Café Society.”
Griggs was excited to seem on two episodes of “Saturday Evening Reside” hosted by James Franco and Kumail Nanjiani, attending to act alongside forged members Pete Davidson and Alex Moffat in 2017.
“Final evening was probably the most superb evening of my life!” Griggs mentioned in an Instagram publish the day after her look in Nanjiani’s episode.
She was a devoted performer
Laurel was enthusiastic about her profession and took her performances severely.
“She was by no means complacent, all the time rehearsing strikes and contours,” her father mentioned. When he would inform her to calm down and guarantee her that she knew her elements nicely, he recollects her saying, “Daddy, not many individuals get an opportunity like this.”
Stage actress Jessica Threet directed two performs wherein Laurel carried out — Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Evening’s Dream” and “The right way to Achieve Enterprise With out Actually Attempting.”
“She simply was hardworking. She was all the time smiling and dealing onerous and all the time on prime of her stuff,” Threet advised CNN. “She was so gifted and type and she or he lit up a room each time she walked in.”
Andrew Griggs mentioned he appreciates the super assist the neighborhood has confirmed the household in current days.
Broadway theaters dimmed the lights of their marquees in her honor Friday, he advised CNN. Dimming marquee lights is a long-standing Broadway custom to pay tribute to Broadway stars after they die.
“She turned out to be an enormous deal. Larger than I assumed,” her father mentioned.
Her battle with bronchial asthma lastly got here to an finish
Laurel battled bronchial asthma for about two years, her father advised CNN. Although she would appear tremendous for months at a time, her father mentioned he continually took her for medical checkups.
Final Tuesday, Griggs suffered an bronchial asthma assault and her household took her to Mount Sinai Hospital. Inside two hours of the assault, Laurel went into cardiac arrest and died.
“I believe everyone did the whole lot they may,” her father mentioned. “It simply comes so immediately.”
One other service was held Sunday at Arte Cafe within the Chelsea neighborhood with 300-400 individuals in attendance, Griggs mentioned.