Suzanne Shepherd, an actress celebrated for her roles in “The Sopranos” and “Goodfellas,” has died at the age of 89 on Friday.
Survived by her daughter, artist Kate Shepherd; son-in-law Miles McManus; and granddaughter Isabelle Shepherd, Suzanne Shepherd’s legacy extends beyond her screen appearances. A memorial service is planned for early 2024, as per the statement from her representative.
Shepherd’s career was marked by a range of maternal roles, leaving a significant imprint on both television and film.
Beyond her acting career, Shepherd was also revered as an acting teacher and private coach. Her influence in the world of acting education was widespread, with tenures on faculty at various conservatories and studios. Additionally, she directed productions in theaters worldwide.
“A force of nature,” Ray Abruzzo, a fellow actor from “The Sopranos” described Shepherd on Instagram. In the acclaimed HBO series, Shepherd portrayed Mary DeAngelis, the mother of Carmela Soprano, played by Edie Falco. This role, among others, cemented her status in the entertainment industry.
Shepherd’s filmography also includes a notable role in “Goodfellas,” where she played the mother of Karen, portrayed by Lorraine Bracco. The film, featuring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and the late Ray Liotta, remains a classic in the crime genre. Another significant role was as Aunt Tweedy in the 1988 film “Mystic Pizza.”
Throughout her career, Shepherd made guest appearances on various television shows, including “Law & Order,” “Ed” and “Blue Bloods.” Her last credited role was in the 2023 film The Performance, showcasing her enduring presence in the industry.
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