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.
Suzanne Shepherd, the celebrated actress who starred in “The Sopranos” and “Goodfellas,” has died at the age of 89. https://t.co/3cGzqws3L3
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 20, 2023
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.
— Tony Todd (@TonyTodd54) November 20, 2023
"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.
Just wanted to share her hilarious scene in Uncle Buck. It was the first film I saw her in.
Rest in peace, Suzanne Shepherd ❤️ pic.twitter.com/TyNmU8UGnK
— sloan (@Sloanstweets) November 19, 2023
Former colleagues also paid tribute to Shepherd.
Little Carmine actor Ray Abruzzo pays tribute to Goodfellas and Sopranos actress, Suzanne Shepherd pic.twitter.com/UR1Ug3NpCo
— The Sopranos Club (@TheSopranosClub) November 19, 2023