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The Conjuring’s Vera Farmiga Mourns the Loss of Film Inspiration Lorraine Warren

Vera Farmiga is mourning the loss of a “dear friend” following the passing of 92-year-old clairvoyant Lorraine Warren. The two met when Lorraine signed on to play Warren in The Conjuring (and subsequently The Conjuring 2), for which Warren served as a consultant and even had a brief cameo. After Warren’s grandson, Chris McKinnell, announced her death early Friday, April 19, Farmiga took to social media to share a few heartfelt sentiments about her late friend.

Farmiga shared a post on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook that paid tribute to the deep bond she’d formed with Warren over the years. “My dear friend Lorraine Warren has passed. From my deep feeling of sorrow, a deep feeling of gratitude emerges,” Farmiga wrote on Friday afternoon. “I was so blessed to have known here and am honored to portray her. She lived her life in a grace and cheerfulness. She wore a helmet of salvation, she dawned her sword of compassion, and took a shield of faith. Righteousness was her breastplate, and she has touched my life so. Love you Lorraine. You’re waltzing with Ed now.”

Accompanying the posts were two pictures of Farmiga and Warren together, clearly enjoying each other’s company.

Also paying tribute to Warren was Patrick Wilson, who played Warren’s late husband Ed in The Conjuring franchise. “The heavens will surely burn a little brighter tonight. We lost a friend and inspiration,” he wrote on Twitter. I will miss the stories, the laughter, and the guidance. Rest in Peace, Sweet Lorraine. Tell Ed I said hello.”

It wouldn’t be a stretch to believe that The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2 — easily two of the most unnerving horror movies in the last decade — were pulled from the dark recesses of a screenwriter’s imagination. And although creative liberties surely were taken, the films are actually rooted in reality. They offer a glimpse into the story of the Warrens, whose alleged experiences as a medium (her), demonologist (him) and paranormal investigators (both) were used as a basis for the films.

In addition to The Conjuring universe, which now includes the Anabelle spin-off series, the Warrens’ work has inspired other film versions of several other iconic paranormal cases in history, including The Amityville Horror and The Haunting in Connecticut.

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