New Orleans loses an icon and legend

She will always be the woman who gave me my first chance, the first industry heavyweight who put her faith in me, who gave me hope and validation. Consistently calm and warm and supportive in an industry where those qualities are rare, Claudia was a true inspiration and an impossible act to follow. If when I die, I can be remembered half as fondly by a fraction of the people as she is, I’ll be satisfied. I hope she is.