Ryan Ledendecker
November 20, 2023
11:00 pm

'The Sopranos' star Suzanne Shepherd dies at 89

Fans of HBO's iconic, hit show, "The Sopranos," lost a beloved and favorite character from the show this week.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, actress Suzanne Shepherd, known best for her roles in the HBO series and her part in the hit gangster movie "Goodfellas," died at 89.

Her agent confirmed to the outlet that Shepherd died peacefully at her home in New York City. A cause of death hasn't been revealed, but CNN noted that she had recently suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The outlet noted:

Shepherd appeared in 20 episodes of The Sopranos as Mary DeAngelis, the mother of Edie Falco’s Carmela Soprano, and played the mother of Lorraine Bracco’s Karen Hill in Goodfellas.

Her last onscreen role was in 2023’s "The Performance," playing the role of "Tess."

She was one of the 27 characters who appeared in both "Goodfellas" and "The Sopranos." Shepherd has quite an impressive resume in the business, appearing in scores of other movies and plays.

The Reporter added:

Born Oct. 31, 1934, Shepherd graduated from Bennington College and studied with Larry Arrick, Herbert Berghoff and Sanford Meisner and was also a teacher and acting coach who served on the faculty of Trinity Square Conservatory, Hartman Conservatory, the Berghof Studio and her own studio in New York City, according to a bio on her website.

Given her popularity in the acting business, tributes poured in across social media, with former colleagues, students, family and friends honoring her contributions to the business on and off the big screen.

"Just wanted to share her hilarious scene in Uncle Buck. It was the first film I saw her in. Rest in peace, Suzanne Shepherd," one X user wrote.

Former colleagues also paid tribute to Shepherd.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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