(NationalUSNews.com) — Suzanne Shepherd, an actress known for her roles in shows like “The Sopranos” and the movie “Goodfellas,” died at 89 years old. According to a representative for Shepherd, the actress died peacefully on November 17th. Shepherd is survived by her daughter, her son-in-law, and her granddaughter. Shepherd’s family will host a memorial service for the late actress sometime in 2024.
Shepherd also worked as an acting teacher and a private acting coach and held positions with several studios. The late actress also held positions as a director for multiple theaters across the globe. Shepherd’s “Sopranos” co-star Ray Abruzzo reacted to the news by posting about Shepherd on Instagram, calling her a “force of nature.” Shepherd played a supporting role in the hit HBO drama “The Sopranos,” where she portrayed Carmela Soprano’s mother.
Shepherd also played a maternal role in the iconic mobster film “Goodfellas,” where she played Karen’s mother. Karen is the love interest of the main character, Henry, and Shepherd appears in several scenes throughout the famous movie. Karen starred alongside famous A-list actors in the movie, including Ray Liotta and Robert De Niro.
Shepherd’s acting career began in “Mystic Pizza,” a 1988 movie where she played the iconic character Aunt Tweedy. Shepherd starred alongside other famous actors, like Vincent D’Onofrio and Julia Roberts, in her breakout role as Aunt Tweedy. Shepherd also made multiple guest appearances on hit television programs like “Law & Order” and “Blue Bloods.” Shepherd’s last recorded role is in a 2023 movie, “The Performance.”
Shepherd’s former students and co-stars are celebrating the actress’s life on social media, with one former calling Shepherd a “big personality.” The former student also claims Shepherd introduced her to her husband and officiated their marriage. Shepherd’s acting career spanned decades, with the late actress appearing in multiple hit movies during the 1980s and 1990s.
Shepherd’s cause of death is currently unknown, but some sources speculate the actress died of natural causes due to her old age. Her co-stars remember Shepherd fondly, and her family will announce more details about her impending memorial in the coming months.
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