Shannen Doherty mourns friend Deborah Waknin-Harwin … after message to those not social distancing

Shannen Doherty is mourning the loss of her friend and stylist Deborah Waknin-Harwin.

The 48-year-old actress took to Instagram Monday with a series of images and a detailed post chronicling her friendship with Waknin-Harwin.

‘Around 28 years ago when I met Deborah, she made me squeeze into very tight red patent pants. It was an instant friendship,’ Doherty, who played Brenda Walsh on Beverly Hills, 90210. ‘A friendship that in 28 years has endured, grown and been cherished by us both.

The latest: Shannen Doherty, 48, is mourning the loss of her friend and stylist Deborah Waknin-Harwin, who recently died. They were seen at a 2018 event in Santa Monica, California

The latest: Shannen Doherty, 48, is mourning the loss of her friend and stylist Deborah Waknin-Harwin, who recently died. They were seen at a 2018 event in Santa Monica, California 

‘She taught me to play backgammon … she spoke 5 plus languages fluently … she introduced me to the island of ST. Barth which started our girl trips there. She taught me that when she dressed me, I looked better lol.’

The actress, who’s also known for her work on Heathers, Mallrats and Charmed, opened up about the ‘divorces, tears and laughter’ they shared since making one another’s acquaintance in 1992.

‘We were together thru boyfriends and husbands. We danced on tables (and fell off them- inside joke) all around the world together,’ she said. ‘I was her maid of honor at her wedding to the love of her life Craig. We cried when she called to tell me she was pregnant with her extraordinary daughter Olivia.’

Doherty said that she and Waknin-Harwin had discovered they ‘went to the same high school, worked on shows together’ and ‘grew up…. together.’ 

Doherty said that she and Waknin-Harwin had discovered they 'went to the same high school, worked on shows together' and 'grew up.... together'

Doherty said that she and Waknin-Harwin had discovered they ‘went to the same high school, worked on shows together’ and ‘grew up…. together’

Emotional: Shannen said, 'I already feel it, this part of my heart missing'

Emotional: Shannen said, ‘I already feel it, this part of my heart missing’

Earlier this week, Doherty took to Instagram to encourage people to stay home to quell the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, reminding people how people with preexisting health issues are at a higher risk of serious health complications.

She was first diagnosed with cancer in March of 2015, and Waknin-Harwin was diagnosed the following year. Doherty is currently battling stage IV breast cancer after undergoing a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation in recent years amid periods of remission. 

‘Thru my cancer and I for her when she got diagnosed 4 years ago,’ Doherty said. ‘She smiled, a lot. She radiated beauty, intelligence and goodness. She was and is wedged into my heart so deeply. We were more than best friends. We were sisters. Tied to each other by the universe, by our very essences that recognized each other instantly.’

Friends: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Doherty and Waknin-Harwin were seen in this group shot

Friends: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Doherty and Waknin-Harwin were seen in this group shot

Moving: The Cruel Intentions star said, 'Deb has now left us, but I know that she is still here in our hearts'

Moving: The Cruel Intentions star said, ‘Deb has now left us, but I know that she is still here in our hearts’

Earlier this week, Doherty took to Instagram to encourage people to stay home to quell the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, reminding people how people with preexisting health issues are at a higher risk of serious health complications

Earlier this week, Doherty took to Instagram to encourage people to stay home to quell the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, reminding people how people with preexisting health issues are at a higher risk of serious health complications 

She wrapped up with a heartfelt message for her late friend following her tragic passing.

‘Deb I hope you are dancing on tables again, having a tequila and shooting the s*** with God,’ she said. ‘I will miss you forever, your advice, your laughter, your frankness. I will so miss you. I already do. I already feel it, this part of my heart missing. Deborah Waknin Harwin I love you.’

Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Sarah Michelle Gellar was also close with Waknin-Harwin, an commented on her passing.

‘I’m at a loss for words,’ the 47-year-old actress said. ‘@theshando there are so many things about Deborah Waknin that I love. She taught me so much about style and fashion, but more than that she taught me about true friendship when I was very young in hollywood.’

The Cruel Intentions star added, ‘Deb has now left us, but I know that she is still here in our hearts.

‘I’m not sure why this lesson right now when there is already so much pain and we are already so scared, but I will try to find it. Everyone pls let your loved ones know how much you love them today (even if it’s virtual) Craig and Liv- you are in my thoughts and my prayers.’ 


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