The creator of Everwood Greg Berlanti and showrunner Rina Mimoun pay tribute to the late Stephanie Niznik whose death was first reported on Friday. In a joint statement, the executive producers remember the actress as "incredible girlfriend" and "nourishing mother figure" on the set of the beloved WB drama.
" Everwood was more than a television program. It was a family, "states the statement of . "We recently lost the mother of our tribe, Stephanie Niznik. Stephanie played Nina, the neighbor of Andy Brown, and the woman who had helped him raise his children when he struggled as a single father. She continued this off-screen role by being an incredible friend, a caring mother figure to our younger performers, and an artist who gave warmth, compassion, and humor to each episode and set. Anyone lucky enough to know them and work with them will miss them very much.
Berlanti and Mimoun's tribute follows similar recognitions from some of Niznik's co-stars, including Scott Wolf (who played Nina's longtime friend Jake) and Vivien Cardone (who played Andy's daughter Delia), who you can read here. The EPs were last reunited with Everwood which was cast in 2017 on a 15th anniversary panel.
Niznik was just 52 years old when she unexpectedly passed away on 23 June in Encino, California. A cause of death is not disclosed.