By Knowladgey Team
November 20, 2023
Suzanne Shepherd, acclaimed for her roles in "The Sopranos" and "Goodfellas," peacefully passed away at 89 in her NYC residence. Her agent, Sarah Fargo, confirmed the news, expressing Shepherd's impact on the industry.
Shepherd portrayed Mary DeAngelis, mother to Carmela Soprano, in "The Sopranos" from 2000 to 2007. Cast members, including Ray Abruzzo and Chris Caldovino, pay tribute to her as a "force of nature" and extend heartfelt condolences.
Shepherd played Karen Hill's mother in Martin Scorsese's iconic "Goodfellas," alongside Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. Her contributions to the crime genre resonate in this classic film.
Before her crime genre fame, Shepherd debuted in the 1988 rom-com "Mystic Pizza" with Julia Roberts. Her final film role was in the 2023 movie "The Performance," showcasing her versatile acting career.
Beyond acting, Shepherd directed in theaters and served as an acting coach at prestigious institutions. Former student Tom Titone recalls her as a "huge presence" and acknowledges her influence on his life, professionally and personally.
Shepherd is survived by her daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter. As the entertainment industry mourns, Shepherd's legacy lives on through her impactful contributions, both on and off-screen, leaving a lasting imprint on those she touched as a mentor and influential acting teacher.