In one of his last Instagram posts, Leslie Jordan revealed he’d purchased his first condo
In August, he brought joy to many belated first-time homeowners when he announced that, at age 67, he had just bought his first piece of property.
“It’s never too late to be happy, y’all. I really did it. I bought my first piece of …………. property,” Jordan said in an Instagram video he posted Aug. 13.
Actor Leslie Jordan, known for TV roles in ‘Will & Grace’ and ‘American Horror Story,’ died after a car crash in Los Angeles on Monday. He was 67.
In the reel, the “Will & Grace” and “American Horror Story” star spun along with the camera around the empty condo, showing a balcony view of several units behind it, while singing the theme to “The Jeffersons” sitcom in his signature Southern drawl.
“Movin’ on up to the East Side, to a deluxe apartment in the sky. Movin’ on up, to the East Side, we finally got a piece of the pie,” Jordan sang.
It’s unclear where the property is located. But weeks later, when he was practicing a tap-dance number, Jordan quipped that he would “[h]ate to be the people living below me in my new condo building.”
After decades in showbiz, the 65-year-old found fame on social media — and has a new TV show and a second book on the way. ‘It’s all gravy,’ he says.
Born and bred in Chattanooga, Tenn., the longtime actor and writer became a social-media star during the COVID-19 pandemic, dubbing himself an “Instagram maven” while sharing funny and self-deprecating videos with his fellow “hunker downers.”
He launched a “Pillow Talk” series, where he snuggled up with a pillow and told comfort food tales of Hollywood, posted videos of him dancing to Lisa Rinna’s aerobics class. Those informal jam sessions even led to Jordan releasing a star-studded album of country gospel and hymns last year.
In an interview with The Times last year, the “How Y’all Doing?: Misadventures and Mischief From a Life Well Lived” author reflected on his newfound success.
At 65, Leslie Jordan is an Instagram star with a new TV show, book and debut album of old hymns featuring Dolly Parton, Brandi Carlile and Eddie Vedder.
“A friend of mine called from California and said, ‘You have gone viral.’ And I said, ‘No, honey, I’m fine. I don’t have COVID,’” he joked. “I don’t know how I did it because now I scramble for content. Every day, I’m thinking, ‘Oh, my God! I need to post. What should I come up with?’”
The posts kept coming, his more recent Instagram content remained on brand with his Southern charm. They include him sharing his coming-out story.
On Monday, the “Call Me Kat” actor was declared dead at the scene after a BMW he was driving crashed into the side of a building at Cahuenga Boulevard and Romaine Street in Hollywood.
Leslie Jordan, the actor best known for his work on TV shows including ‘Will & Grace,’ ‘American Horror Story’ and ‘Call Me Kat,’ died Monday at 67.
It was not immediately clear whether Jordan was killed in the crash or suffered a medical emergency beforehand, but the condition of the vehicle suggested Jordan may have lost control of the car before the crash, sources told The Times.
Shortly thereafter, news of his death landed on his Instagram grid after followers had flooded his recent posts with comments expressing grief and condolences.
“The love and light that Leslie shared will never go out and we invite you to share their memories and comfort each other during this time,” his account’s latest post said. “In the coming days we will be giving a glimpse of a project Leslie was really proud of and was looking forward to sharing with the world.”
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