In the show, Nora’s visits to her son’s apartment, though infrequent, brought both comedic and heartwarming moments as the two navigated the complexities of their mother-son bond. Their relationship showcased the enduring theme of family dynamics, illustrating that despite their differences, love and acceptance were at the core of their connection.
Though Perry’s character didn’t have the best relationship with his TV mom, the actors’ got along a lot better in real life. During an appearance on “CNN This Morning,” Fairchild shared some of the heartfelt memories she has of meeting Perry as a young child and later working alongside him on the hit television series.
“We’ve all grown up together,” she said. “The audience has grown up with Matt as their best friend, the person they wanted to be, the person they wanted to meet, know and have as a friend.”
Fairchild went on to praise Perry for his openness about his struggles with addiction, which he documented in his book, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir.
“I think that one of the bravest things that he did in his career and his life was to go public, to write this book, to reach out to other people, to try to be of help to other people,” she said. “And that was one of the most endearing things about him.”
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On the tragic day Perry passed (Oct. 28) Fairchild took to X (Formerly known as Twitter) to share her condolences to the beloved actor’s family.
“I’m heartbroken about the untimely death of my “son,” Matthew Perry. The loss of such a brilliant young actor is a shock. I’m sending love & condolences to his friends & family, especially his dad, John Bennett Perry, who I worked with on Flamingo Road & Falcon Crest. #RIPMatthew”
See Fairchild’s tribute to Matthew Perry below.