Hollywood mourns: Renowned actress passes away

Written by Henrik Rothen

Nov.19 - 2023 11:48 AM CET

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Renowned actress passes away.

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Suzanne Shepherd, famous for her various 'mother roles' in 'The Sopranos' and 'Goodfellas', has passed away at the age of 89, confirmed by her family.

Suzanne Shepherd, 89, passed away, as confirmed by her granddaughter, Isabelle, to The Sun. The cause of death has not been disclosed.

A Career as a screen mother

If film companies needed a 'mother' for a role, Suzanne Shepherd was an obvious choice.

Shepherd enjoyed a long career as an actress, but she is most renowned for her role in the 1990 film 'Goodfellas', where she played the mother of the character Karen Hill.

She was also beloved in the 2000s series 'The Sopranos', appearing in 20 episodes as Mary DeAngelis, also portraying a mother.

Colleague's reaction

Ray Abruzzo, Shepherd's colleague from 'Goodfellas', expressed his sorrow on Instagram over her passing.

"I am saddened to hear of Suzanne Shepherd's passing. A natural talent. An actress. A teacher. She played Carmella's mother in The Sopranos and Karen's mother in Goodfellas," he said, recalling her many roles as a mother in films and series.

As Abruzzo notes, she was also a mentor, teaching as a director and theater instructor. She was known for her work in the theater world, performing several times on Broadway before venturing into film and television productions.

Watch Suzanne Shepherd in the Sopranos below

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