Goodfellas and ‘The Sopranos’ Actress Suzanne Shepherd Passes Away At 89

Actress Suzanne Shepherd, known for her role in the acclaimed film 'Goodfellas,' passed away at the age of 89. Her agent confirmed her peaceful passing on Friday morning at her residence in New York City, marking the end of a prolific career in the entertainment industry.

Born on October 31, 1934, Shepherd began her acting journey in the 1988 romantic comedy 'Mystic Pizza,' where she showcased her talent alongside Julia Roberts. Her remarkable career spanned across various notable films, including 'Working Girl,' 'Uncle Buck,' and 'Second Sight,' before making a significant mark in Martin Scorsese's iconic film 'Goodfellas.' Beyond her on-screen endeavors, Shepherd demonstrated her versatility as a director in theaters nationwide while also dedicating over four decades to coaching aspiring actors at her own studio in New York.

An upcoming documentary titled 'A Gift of Fire' is set to delve into Shepherd's legacy as an influential acting teacher, as reported by Variety. Her memorable performances extended to television, where she portrayed pivotal maternal roles, notably as Mary DeAngelis, the mother of Carmela Soprano (Edie Falco) in HBO's crime drama 'The Sopranos.' Additionally, she portrayed the mother of Lorraine Bracco's character Karen Hill in the classic 'Goodfellas' from 1990.

Her impressive filmography includes roles in a range of movies such as 'Jacob's Ladder' (1990), 'Trees Lounge' (1996), 'Lolita' (1997), 'American Cuisine' (1998), 'Living Out Loud' (1998), 'Requiem for a Dream' (2000), 'A Dirty Shame' (2004), 'Harold' (2008), 'The Week Of' (2018), and 'The Performance' (2023), among others. Shepherd is survived by her daughter Kate Shepherd, son-in-law Miles McManus, and granddaughter Isabelle Shepherd.

Her contributions to the entertainment industry and her enduring impact as both a performer and mentor will be remembered fondly by colleagues, fans, and aspiring actors alike. Suzanne Shepherd leaves behind a legacy that will continue to inspire future generations in the world of acting and entertainment.

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