Rest in peace.
Steven Spielberg's mother, Leah Adler, sadly died on Tuesday, Feb. 21 from unknown causes in her LA home surrounded by her family. She was 97-years-old.
"While known for her red lipstick and Peter Pan collars, for her love of daisies, for her blue jeans and sparkly bling, for her dancing from table to table around the Milky Way, and for her love of camping, fishing and crossword puzzles, Leah is best remembered for her deep, limitless love for the people around her," a spokesperson for Steven's production company, Amblin Partners, said in a statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Leah and Steven in 1994.
Prior to her unfortunate passing, Leah — who was born in Cincinnati, Ohio — owned a kosher restaurant called The Milky Way in LA, which she bought with her second husband, Bernie Adler, who died in 1995.
Back in 1945, she married Arnold Meyer Spielberg — he just turned 100-years-old! — and they had four children together: Steven, Anne, Sue, and Nancy.
In a previous interview with 60 Minutes, Leah adorably revealed her director son, Steven, "ran the family" back in the day. “We lived in an all non-Jewish neighborhood. These people used to chant, 'The Spielbergs are dirty Jews,'" she confessed. "And one night, Steve climbed out of his bedroom window and peanut buttered their windows, which I thought was marvelous.”
Steven, 70, previously revealed he was extremely close with his late mom. "My mom didn't parent us as much as she sort of big-sistered us. She was Peter Pan. She refused to grow up," he revealed during a 2012 interview with 60 Minutes. So sweet!
Leah is survived by her four children, 11 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Our thoughts are with her family and friends during this difficult time.