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Born: October 2, 1954 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bay Ridge-Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor, disc jockey, model, producer

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A husky-voiced New York native who enjoyed an early career as a popular model in France, Lorraine Bracco went on to build an enviable résumé as an actress in film and television. After having appeared with future husband Harvey Keitel in the Italian crime-drama "Camorra" (1986), Bracco made her U.S. feature debut in Ridley Scott's modern noir, "Someone to Watch Over Me" (1987). A few years later, she delivered a memorable supporting performance in director Martin Scorsese's iconic mob drama, "Goodfellas" (1990), opposite Ray Liotta. She went on to star alongside Sean Connery in the jungle-adventure, "Medicine Man" (1992), followed by a turn as Elijah Wood's mother in the fantasy-drama, "Radio Flyer" (1992). Bracco later played the despairing mother of troubled teen Tom Carroll (Leonardo DiCaprio) in the gritty biopic "The Basketball Diaries" (1995), prior to taking on the most indelible role of her career, that of psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Melfi on the groundbreaking crime family drama "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1999-2007). Following her acclaimed tenure on the revered series, she picked up another regular cast role on the police-procedural, "Rizzoli & Isles" (TNT, 2010- ), as the mother of Detective Jane...

A husky-voiced New York native who enjoyed an early career as a popular model in France, Lorraine Bracco went on to build an enviable résumé as an actress in film and television. After having appeared with future husband Harvey Keitel in the Italian crime-drama "Camorra" (1986), Bracco made her U.S. feature debut in Ridley Scott's modern noir, "Someone to Watch Over Me" (1987). A few years later, she delivered a memorable supporting performance in director Martin Scorsese's iconic mob drama, "Goodfellas" (1990), opposite Ray Liotta. She went on to star alongside Sean Connery in the jungle-adventure, "Medicine Man" (1992), followed by a turn as Elijah Wood's mother in the fantasy-drama, "Radio Flyer" (1992). Bracco later played the despairing mother of troubled teen Tom Carroll (Leonardo DiCaprio) in the gritty biopic "The Basketball Diaries" (1995), prior to taking on the most indelible role of her career, that of psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Melfi on the groundbreaking crime family drama "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1999-2007). Following her acclaimed tenure on the revered series, she picked up another regular cast role on the police-procedural, "Rizzoli & Isles" (TNT, 2010- ), as the mother of Detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon). In role after role as complex, intelligent women, Bracco continued to play against convention and demonstrated a range initially belied by her beauty and defiantly undisguised Brooklyn accent.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Tangled (2003) Ann
2.
 Riding in Cars With Boys (2001) Mrs Donofrio
3.
 Custody of the Heart (2000) Claire Raphael
4.
 Ladies Room (1999) Gemma
5.
6.
 Silent Cradle (1997) Helen Greg
7.
 Lifeline (1996) Kits Maitland
8.
 Les Menteurs (1996) Helene
9.
 Basketball Diaries, The (1995) Jim'S Mother
10.
 Hackers (1995) Margo
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Raised on Long Island
1971:
Began modeling for Wilhelmina Agency at age 16
1974:
Moved to Paris at age 19; worked as model and made TV commercials
1979:
Film debut (as Bubbles) in "Duos sur Canape"
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Became deejay for Radio Luxembourg, Paris
1983:
Produced TV special on fashion and music
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Returned to USA
1985:
Appeared in the Lina Wertmuller film, "A Complex Plot About Women, Alleys and Crimes" starring Harvey Keitel
1986:
Starred in Lincoln Center Workshop performance, "Goose and Tom Tom" opposite Keitel
1987:
Made her American feature film debut in the Ridley Scott thriller, "Someone to Watch Over Me"
1991:
Appeared in "Talent for the Game" opposite Edward James Olmos
1992:
Starred opposite Sean Connery in "Medicine Man"
1994:
Had lead role as a US prosecutor in the CBS TV-movie "Getting Gotti"
1995:
Portrayed Jim Carroll's (Leonardo DiCaprio) mother in "The Basketball Diaries"
1996:
Acted in the French-language "Les Menteurs/The Liars"
1996:
Played the mother of a missing child in the Lifetime TV-movie "Lifeline"
1999:
Co-starred in the HBO acclaimed mob series "The Sopranos," as Dr. Melfi, a psychiatrist treating a mob boss; received Emmy (1999, 2000, 2001), Golden Globe (2000, 2001, 2002) and SAG (2000, 2002, 2003) nominations for Best Actress and a 2007 Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress
2000:
Portrayed a woman who returns to the work force and is then faced with a bitter divorce in "Custody of the Heart" (Lifetime)
2001:
Cast as Drew Barrymore's mom in the comedy "Riding in Cars with Boys"
2002:
Starred on Broadway as 'Mrs. Robinson' in Terry Johnson's adaptation of "The Graduate"
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Education

Actors Studio: New York , New York -

Notes

"On the screen, Lorraine Bracco often finds herself mistreated and cheated on by husbands and boyfriends. But instead of collapsing on the bed in a flood of tears, she fights back. Her combativeness not only adds life to any film, it especially delights female moviegoers. ... Bracco never plays the evil bitch who gets her comeuppance. Instead, she's the moral one in an amoral world. And beneath her bravado lies a fragility. Her outbursts stem not just from anger but from a desperate need for union and stability." --From American Film, June 1991.

In June 1999, Bracco filed for bankruptcy citing the costs of her nearly eight-year custody battle with Harvey Keitel over their daughter Stella.

"One of the things that attracted me to Jennifer Melfi is that she's an educated Italian-American. We get Italian women everywhere, and we get sexy and we can cook and we can fool around and we can get passion galore, but educated? I don't see it, and I love her for it." --Bracco to the Boston Herald, January 30, 1999.

Asked if acting is a form of therapy, Lorraine Bracco told The Daily Telegraph (September 18, 2000): "No, it's different. It's an expression, and also it's like stealing from people's lives. It's make-believe. Psychiatry is real life, real issues. It's different."

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Harvey Keitel. Actor. Met in 1983; moved in together c. 1984; separated in 1991.
husband:
Edward James Olmos. Actor. Met in 1990 while co-starring in "Talent for the Game"; married on January 28, 1994; separated in February 1997, although Bracco denied this in 1999 interviews claiming they were just "enjoying a long distance marriage"; Olmos moved to the West Coast while she remained based in the East; she filed for divorce in January 2002; he counterfiled in L.A. in March 2002.

Family close complete family listing

brother:
Sal Bracco. Older.
sister:
Elizabeth Bracco. Actor. Younger; married to actor Aidan Quinn.
brother-in-law:
Aidan Quinn. Actor.
daughter:
Margaux Guerard. Born c. 1978; father is Bracco's first husband.
daughter:
Stella Keitel. Father, Harvey Keitel; born c. 1986; Bracco and Keitel were involved in a custody dispute from the time they separated c. 1991; she was eventually awarded full custody.
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