“Where is Nell??” one fan wrote on Facebook. “It’s not the same without her.”
The sixth and final season of the popular Hallmark series Chesapeake Shores premiered on August 14. While fans were thrilled to see the O’Briens again, many have chimed in on social media that they miss the family’s matriarch.
“Everything she says is profound,” another fan wrote. “She is an amazing woman.”
Will Diane Ladd be back?
Hallmark has not said whether Ladd will return this season. On the show, her character is making a trip to Ireland. Fans say they have missed her presence, as well as the bits of wisdom she regularly dispatches, which fans call “Nell’s Nuggets.”
“You should always like who you love, but you don’t always have to love who you like,” is one. “The love you share around the table is often more important than the meal you have on top of it,” is another.
Ladd, who will turn 87 in September, has portrayed Nell since the show premiered on Hallmark Channel in 2016. In an interview to promote the series, she called Nell O’Brien “a lady of wisdom.”
“And some morality,” she added. “…She’s gentle. She’s a harmonizer. She loves family. And that’s kind of nice and she brings the family together. So her modus operandi is love.”
About Diane Ladd
Ladd has won more than 35 awards for acting in her lifetime, including a British Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, an Independent Spirit Film Award, and the Cannes’ Palme d’Or Award. She has also been nominated for three Academy Awards. She has been nominated for three Emmy Awards and three Academy Awards for the films Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Wild at Heart, and Rambling Rose.
She has also written the books “Spiraling Through the School of Life – A Mental Physical and Spiritual Discovery,” and “Find Your Miracles.”
A native of Mississippi, Ladd attended finishing school in New Orleans, where she also launched her acting career. She is a distant cousin of Tennessee Williams.
In a 2013 interview, she lamented the quality of television being made following the cancelation of her series Enlightened.
“I can’t tell you how many people when I’m doing my book signings come up to me and say, ‘Why, why, why did they take that series off? It was the best series,’” she said. “You know how bad TV is today. It would be nice if we could get some more great shows on it. And it’d be nice if we can get some great shows where nobody’s being killed, tortured, or murdered.”